Spring is here, the snow is melting and with that comes more water. While we are out enjoying the sunshine, you might want to take a second to check your basements.
Aaron Bryant from Boon Landscapes in Rosedale has some tips to help save your house from the spring thaw.
"First of all, you should try and make sure to get as much of the water as you can away from the house. If it is pooling and puddling you may want to pump it away. Check in your basement and make sure you aren't having any issues. Through the winter, you can toss a lot of snow out of the area. Each site is unique onto itself."
Bryant continued to say that preparation is key to avoiding a wet situation in the basement. He suggests constantly keeping an eye on the moisture in and around your house.
"You have to wait till a lot of the snow and water is gone. A lot of my business is based around drainage work and we do a minor drainage study visually and through survey and shooting elevations. Then we can determine if we can get the water to run out."
Drumheller's geography also causes a unique problem. The bentonite many houses are built on can create a slippery situation.
"Bentonite, when you first expose it you can't get it wet when you do finally get it wet, it is wet forever. It is actually kind of a good sealer in some ways but in most house constructions there is an excavation done before the basement went in. That is why it is good to know what you are up against before you get into it," concluded Bryant.