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This past weekend regulatory bodies in the province asked homeowners living along the rivers in a zone that spans from Jasper National Park to Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer to take extra precautions against rising rivers and streams. We all know we enjoyed quite the winter wonderland during the 2013/2014 season and now that spring has arrived the snow has melted into our waterways. Factor in a forecast for heavy rainfall and homeowners living on the water's edge certainly take note. However Red Deer residents' ability to thrive in our environment is a big part of what adds to our countryside charm and as an agent serving the community we once again use our voice to provide some helpful tips on this local current event.

 

5 Tips to Protecting Your Home on the River from Rising Water Levels

 

1. Know the Levels

 

Knowing the lay, or more specifically the elevation, of the land is the key to keeping your peace of mind during these small bouts of rising water levels. Home builders in Red Deer county are of course extremely conscious of flood levels when building homes in the community however we encourage residents both old and new to further educate themselves on the land surveys where their homes reside. You can refer to this study from the province for more information.

 

2. Ensure Utility Connections Are Above Level

 

Once you verify your home's flood level you will want to check that all of the electrical wiring that powers your utilities are installed one foot above said level. Light switches, circuit breakers, outlets, and sockets too should follow suit.

 

3. Anchor Outside Energy Resources

 

Living in the country often means that your home may borrow energy from fuel tanks, generators, and air conditioning units. You will of course want to make sure that these are placed above the aforementioned flood level and are even anchored down for those rare circumstances when necessary.

 

4. Install a Backflow Prevention Device

 

In the event that your riverside home is not already outfitted with one, you may consider a backflow preventive device to accommodate strains put on your rural home's sewage system. Simply Google "backflow prevention Red Deer" (or any city you reside in) to find a solution suitable for your needs.

 

5. Clear Drains, Gutters, and Swales

 

Make sure that your drains, gutters, swales and anything else meant to catch and deter water from your property is kept clear of debris. This is especially true if you are going out of town for a significant period during the wetter season. Add "clean drains, gutters, swales" to your neighbours list of to-do's (feed cat, etc...) when covering for you when on vacation.

 

In the end there is little concern when it comes ensuring the safety of your home on the river in Red Deer when you've used a reputable community real estate agent. The duo of Benedict Devlin takes care of this groundwork and homework for you so that you have complete peace of mind when moving into your new county home. Every region in the country has its seasonal quirks that residents work around and none do it better than here in Red Deer Alberta. Contact Benedict Devlin today, whether you are looking for a home in the city, or along our expansive countryside - rivers and streams included.

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