June Floods Put Calgary Residents on Edge

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 by Kristina McGovern

Medicine Hat, AB - Calgary area residents are recovering after heavy rains dropped over 150 mm of water on Cypress Hills residents over a period of days in June 2010. Twelve rivers were overflowing and roughly twenty homes were evacuated due to flooding. 
Residents were on edge as they weren't sure how much rain was in the immediate future and snow runoff from the Canadian Rockies was still coming downstream as well. Bridges were a concern too as waters raged along overflowed banks and roads. The Trans-Canadian highway was closed near the Saskatchewan - Alberta border and drivers were forced to take a 100 km detour.
Now that the flood waters have receded, clean-up efforts have begun and area residents have pumped water out of their homes. For those with less water damage in their homes, clean up may be a little easier but there is still much work to do. 
First, any standing water is removed. Then, if not already installed, a sump pump is put in the low point of the basement or crawl space to get entering water out of the space. A state-of-the-art French drain system can be installed in a basement to bring all water seepage to the sump pump. In a crawl space, a vapor barrier or encapsulation system is recommended. Finally, an industrial-strength dehumidifier should be installed to get moisture out of the air. Keeping the relative humidity under control helps prevent mold growth in the basement or crawl space.
Area residents having trouble with wet basements or crawl spaces are urged to call Basement Systems Calgary. We can help solve your wet basement or crawl space problem - just give us a call. We are experts in below-grade spaces and are ready to help with your basement or crawl space, today! Contact us today for a free estimate on basement waterproofing and basement flooding prevention in Medicine Hat, Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and the surrounding Alberta areas.

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