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News from our Affiliates Committee...July 2021

Chrissy Reinert reduced

 “Steps to take when your basement gets flooded”

 Prepared by Chrissy Reinert, DuPage Carpet Cleaning and Restoration, Inc.

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It is storm season in the Chicagoland area. Unfortunately, quite a few homes were recently hit with storm damage. Here are some tips for dealing with the dreaded flooded basement.

  1. Never Enter a Flooded Basement

Basement floods can injure you, your family or your pets. If you look downstairs and your basement is filled with water, call an electrician and the restoration pros DuPage Carpet Cleaning and Restoration, Inc. right away. Shut off power in your home if your circuit breaker is not in your basement. Otherwise, any electrical appliances can become dangerous if they get wet. Your home’s circuit breaker could be located in the garage.  Know where your circuit breaker is located.

  1. Remove the Water

Once you’ve removed electronic devices or other items that were in harm’s way, remove the water so you can assess the damage. If your basement is flooded, your sump pump has failed, so you might need to purchase a new one and then use it to drain the water. A battery backup will assist if the power has gone out. A pump won’t remove all the water from your basement, so use a mop and towels to clean up the rest.  If you find more than a foot of water in your basement, call DuPage Carpet Cleaning and Restoration, Inc. to help you dry out the basement instead of attempting to remove the water yourself.

  1. Deal With Your Damp Objects

If you want to effectively dry your basement, you can’t leave any wet items behind. Remove everything that got wet and place them in an area where they can dry out, like the garage. Hopefully, your insurance company can compensate you for the damaged items and the cost of repairing the basement and removing mold. Depending on your deductible amount, and the amount of the damage, it might make sense to file an insurance claim. We can discuss costs and determine our recommendation.

  1. Dry the Area

Your basement won’t dry on its own. If you do not have any fans or blowers, they are sold at Home improvement stores, and can come in handy for situations such as this. We at DuPage Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Inc, have many fans and dehumidifiers in stock that are rentable. You can use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture, help your basement dry faster, and minimize mold’s chances of growing.

  1. Take steps to prevent mold before it grows

Damp, dark conditions permit mold to flourish, which can pose a health threat.  If you discover mold in the weeks after the flood, you might have to cut walls. In this instance, we can assist you with a referral to a mold remediation company.  Use soap and warm water to thoroughly clean your walls. Set up those fans. Check the basement every day after the flood, to ensure it is drying out, and that you are not taking on any more water. If you see a suspicious-looking spot, clean the area with bleach and warm water.

  1. Prevent Future Floods

What caused your home or basement to flood? Did a heavy storm flood your lawn and drain into the basement? Do you have cracks in your foundation? Do you need to replace your sump pump or upgrade it to a newer model? Add a battery backup? Talk to a professional to learn how to update your basement, fix your foundation, or change your landscaping and gutters to prevent another flood.  Basement floods are a pain, but once you are aware, you can take steps to save your property and prevent future flooding.

  1. Overwhelmed? 

Call us at DuPage Carpet Cleaning at 630-871-9415. We will counsel you through the steps to take.  Our advice is free. We are always happy to help.


Melissa Pennuto

AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

Prepared by Melissa Pennuto

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I pursued law school with one goal in mind – to help those that need it the most. While forming my family prior to graduate study, I found my niche in elder and special needs law, greatly enjoying my experience working in a law office with primarily elderly and disabled clients. My practical experience provided me with a strong passion for my clients and developed a solid foundation for what is now a legal career specializing in elder law (Medicaid & VA benefits), special needs (including guardianships, Special Needs Trusts), and estate planning, basic and advanced. What separates me from other attorneys is the personalized approach that I take working with each client. Part of my commitment to my clients is to provide them with peace of mind and to make sure they understand whatever it is they need to deal with.

I am an accredited attorney with the VA, and have worked countless hours in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic while a student at John Marshall, where I gained extensive experience reviewing and researching the rights and opportunities of veterans of all ages to benefit from VA-sponsored benefits such as Service-Connected Disability, VA Pension (Aid & Attendance), and surviving spouse’s benefits. I understand the complexity of the process in applying for VA benefits, and counsel my clients in order to qualify and communicate with the VA.

My extensive Medicaid experience on behalf of elderly and disabled clients in various living situations allows me to guide, analyze, and process Medicaid applications on behalf of all those in need of additional financial assistance to provide for their medical care.

I work with my law partner, Lenita M. AuBuchon, to provide our clients  with  sound  advice regarding estate planning. We ensure our clients are able to provide the highest level of protection and guidance for their loved ones after they pass away. We are experienced in basic estate planning, as well as more advanced planning for business owners and individuals with a high net worth, and recognize that every family presents a unique set of circumstances to incorporate into its plan. We have offices located in both Plainfield and Warrenville to be able to reach a larger community.

I currently serve as Vice Chair of the Elder Law Committee for the DuPage County Bar Association. I pride myself in not only the relationships that I have with my clients, but also with other professionals such as realtors, loan officers, trust officers, financial advisors, and many more. I am humbled that they voted for our firm to receive the Herald News’ Readers’ Choice Award in 2020 for being a top law firm in Will County. I spend my “free” time with my husband, children, and four-legged friends. You can often find me and my family gardening, picking fresh fruits and vegetables in Michigan, or canning up delicious homemade jams.