I love Alberta but don’t like the flooding

One basement room ready to be hauled away.

One basement room ready to be hauled away.

This past week has been challenging to say the least. On Tuesday night last week the water began to come up through the floors in our basement and reached 2″ at one point. I began sucking it up and dumping it with a 5 gal shop vac and continued till 2:00am when the water started to recede finally. But, by then the damage had been done and we had ruined walls, doors, flooring and a bunch of stuff. The water just stayed there on our floor as it rotted its way through the walls of our office and other rooms. My son and Angie came over at 1:00am and brought a 10 gallon shop vac with them and helped like troopers to get rid of the water. I don’t know what I’d have done without those two wonderful kids. Over the next few days the water just sat there and we continued to suck it up with the shop vac and dump it. The work was grueling and on Tuesday night a week later it was starting to rise again. Before it got too high we ran a snake down the sewer line again and it broke free and the water just gushed down the line finally. At last we are able to dry out the basement after tearing down walls and trying to analyse where it was all coming from. We found a 5′ crack in the foundation wall which I sealed with polyurethane sealant and we know that will help. The basement still smells like the inside of a whale, but it’s getting better and after we replace the offending sewer line to the street for a nice $8,000 hit on the pocket book, we should be able to relax a bit and get on with the renovations on those rooms and back to some normalcy at last. Buying an older home always has some challenges, but the challenges that this one has presented has taxed my patience somewhat. Don’t get me wrong, I love my home and all the great things about it and living in Coaldale, but quite frankly it has cost an enormous amount of time and money to bring this old house up to where we want to have it and I don’t know how much longer I’m going to have strength enough to do it. Hey, I’m well into my senior years and physically it’s hard to be doing all the things that we’ve been doing. Will I continue? Absolutely, because we love what we’ve done to the place and it makes all the pain of being on your knees laying tile and rebuilding walls and insulating and putting new windows in worth it in the end. Wish us luck…

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