Smoke-testing the sewers in Elmhurst

July's record-breaking rains should place all suburban home buyers on the alert for flooding issues in any home they're considering.

We've written previously about Elmhurst, which seems to be a municipality with a greater than average propensity to submersion during heavy rainfalls. A Google or YouTube search for Elmhurst flooding will give you some idea of the scope of the problem.

If you're considering the purchase of a home in Elmhurst, you'll want to check in at the city's web site. You'll find info on a program that's scheduled to begin in August to smoke-test the sewers to find the ones that are particularly susceptible to backing up water into basements. You'll also find a copy of Elmhurst's report on a Comprehensive Flooding Plan. That report highlights which areas of Elmhurst are at greater risk of basement sewage backups.

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