Vacant properties are starting to increase in numbers around town, and in some cases, the owners of the property live out of Alberta. This can be problematic when issues arise on the properties. Jeff and Kathy DeMott, owners of DeMott Floors in Drumheller almost had a disaster stemming from the vacant building next to their shop

"We first noticed it, there was quite a large, we called it our 'iceberg' between the properties, of course with it being so cold in February we didn't pay very much attention. Finally, when things started to thaw out, next thing we come to work one morning and we had water coming under our back door, our overhead garage door," explained Jeff DeMott.

A broken water main in the vacant property next to their lot caused this problem to arise. Jeff's wife, Kathy, continued saying how to avoid having what happened to them, happening to other people.

"People don't want to be the bad neighbour and complain. It really isn't a matter of that, it's a matter of being aware of what might happen and how it might affect you. The last thing we thought was that this was a problem with the plumbing next door, we thought it was just spring melt," she continued.

Lastly, she elaborates a bit more on the vacant lot problem in the valley.

"The worst part about it is there are lots of buildings, things in our town that people let be derelict. They don't take care of them, they don't maintain them, they're unsightly to the community, but a person does not think about the negative effect it might have on your property," concluded Kathy.

Make sure to pay attention to the vacant lots and buildings around your property and how they could affect you if something goes awry.

 

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