Sewer Backup Prevention Program

October 16, 2023: Cook County has awarded $300,000 to the Village of La Grange Park for its Sewer Backup Prevention Program. These funds will be used to expand the Village’s existing program to reduce residential basement flooding from combined stormwater and sanitary sewage backups. Cook County is providing funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and has allocated $20 million in ARPA funding to better manage stormwater and build resiliency to climate events throughout Cook County. While additional funding from Cook County is available, the Village is expanding program eligibility to include existing single-family, two-family, and multi-family homes (3+ units), and owner-occupied and rental properties.

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The Village of La Grange Park has budgeted funds to assist property owners with the cost of plumbing improvements to address sanitary sewer-related backups. The annual program is administered on a "first come, first served" basis, beginning on May 1 each year. The program provides 50% reimbursement of eligible costs, subject to a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for backflow devices or $5,000 for overhead sewers. The goal of the program is to encourage homeowners to improve their quality of life and enhance property values through the reduction of sanitary sewer backups. See the Sewer Backup Prevention Program Packet for more information and all required forms.

Note: As of May 1, applications are being accepted for the FY 2023-24 program. Applications must be submitted before work begins to be considered for reimbursement.

Program Eligibility Requirements

Existing single-family, two-family, and multi-family homes (3+ units), and owner-occupied and rental properties, are eligible to participate in the program. To be eligible for reimbursement, program participants must comply with all program requirements, including the completion of all necessary application forms, permits, and other documentation, and disconnection of any existing downspout or sump pump connections to the combined sewer system.

Eligible Costs

  • Installation of overhead sewers
  • Installation of backflow prevention valve
  • Cost of trenching and concrete floor replacement associated with eligible work
  • Permit fees

Non-Eligible Costs

  • Backup or flooding improvements made to commercial, industrial, multi-family or other income-providing property
  • Property improvements not associated with sanitary sewage backup protection (i.e. foundation cracks, seepage, sump pumps, etc.)
  • Removal and replacement of basement walls and finishes
  • Use of materials or methods not meeting the requirements of Village specifications
  • Upgrading of electrical supply to accommodate sump pump
  • Battery backup system for sump pump
  • Alarm panels
  • Cost of disconnecting downspouts or sump pumps
  • Restoration with grass seed/sod or other landscape work
  • Work performed without required building permits
  • Expenses incurred before approval of program participation

Program Process & How to Apply

  1. Review the eligibility requirements for the program to confirm that your property qualifies and contact Dean Maggos, Director of Fire & Emergency Management, with any questions.
  2. Obtain up to three written proposals from state-licensed plumbing contractors to perform the necessary corrective action. Contractors may have differing opinions (and fees) related to the means of solving your backup problem.
  3. Select a preferred contractor.
  4. Submit to the Village (1) the two-sided program application form and (2) a copy of the proposal from the selected contractor.
  5. Village staff reviews the application for eligibility and reviews the proposal for compliance with Village codes. Participation in the program is approved and funds are reserved at the time of permit issuance. If program funding is not currently available, the application is put in a queue, in order of submittal, should additional funding become available.
  6. Contractor obtains necessary permits, performs work, and requests a Village inspection.
  7. Pay the full amount of the contractor's invoice upon completion of work and approved inspection.
  8. Submit to the Village (1) reimbursement request form, (2) W-9, (3) a copy of approved inspection report, and (4) proof of payment. Missing information will delay processing.