The Spring of 2018 was an unprecedented one in New Brunswick, with a “Once in a Lifetime Flood” taking many New Brunswick residents by surprise, causing devastation to the homes in its wake. When flood waters rose almost, or just as high, across the province the very next year, we were shocked! The devastation to homes two years in a row opens up the conversation of what renovations will benefit homes that may experience possible flooding in future years.
Here is a list of our top 3 ways that can help New Brunswick residents to keep water out of their home or cottage.
- GRADING PROPERTY
- CONCRETE BLOCKS
- SPRAY FOAM EXTERIOR
In some cases, having your property graded to funnel water away from your home will work. It certainly depends on a few factors, but having a professional come to your property and scout the area is a great option. We recommend reaching out to Guy Lemay who can provide an honest assessment and tell you if grading your property is worth pursuing.
This option is very popular in New Brunswick right now, and Brown’s Paving, located in Sussex, NB, is offering different sizes of concrete blocks to keep water out of your home. There are decorative block options and even steps to make your landscape look great, as well as increase the value of your property.
Most people don’t even know you can spray foam the exterior of your basement walls. This alone will not prevent flooding but will help keep moisture out and prevent damage to your home if it does flood. It would be an ideal addition to either the Grading or Concrete Blocks option to give you the best protection possible. Spraying the outside of your basement walls also helps insulate making your home more comfortable and will add strength to a block based foundation. Lastly, like concrete blocks, it increases the value of your home while helping fix a problem. It’s a win-win!
We understand the stress flooding issues are causing many families. We hope this information helps our fellow New Brunswickers.
Maybe the big bad wolf isn’t so bad after all 😉