May 2017

Flood-Proofing Your Home

by TRP Ready Mix on May 20, 2017

Flood proofing your home with concrete in Ottawa

Three Ways Ottawa Could Use Concrete to Prevent Flooding Damage

After an exceptionally rainy month of April, Ottawa residents learned firsthand not only that flooding is a real concern, but also the devastating effects it can have. The record-breaking rainfall combined with melting snow contributed to floods that affected several areas within the city, damaging hundreds of homes and displacing many residents.

While the weather may not have been the norm, it doesn’t mean that it won’t happen again. The fact is the climate has changed since Ottawa’s storm water management systems were first designed and as a result, now more than ever, the government, residents, and other communities need to work together to prevent similar disasters from happening the future. While there is no one solution, here are a few ways you could use concrete to help flood-proof buildings and homes in Ottawa:

Flood walls

According to a report from Smart Prosperity Institute, some of the most impactful storm water management projects are those on privately owned land. If you own property along the water, installing a flood wall is one option to help protect your home or office. Concrete is a popular choice for flood walls in Ottawa because it is easier to seal, more resistant to flood damage and stronger than other conventional construction materials.

Dry flood-proofing

Dry flood-proofing means making a building as impermeable as possible up to a certain height, such as by using a sealant. Your dry flood proofing should not exceed three feet and is most appropriate for buildings with solid masonry or concrete walls.

Wet flood-proofing

Unlike dry flood-proofing, the aim of wet flood-proofing is not to stop the water from getting in, but rather to minimize potential damage. There are three main ways you can wet flood-proof your property:

  1. Allow water to easily enter and exit to minimize structural damage through openings such as vents or breakaway walls.
  2. Use water-resistant materials, like concrete, for flood prone areas such as flooring.
  3. Elevate important utilities.

Wet flood-proofing is a good option for those who are looking to retrofit an older, flood-prone building and it is typically less expensive than dry flood-proofing.

There are many ways that concrete can be used to help protect homes and buildings in Ottawa and elsewhere. While the flood of 2017 was certainly devastating to many businesses, homeowners, and families, it did help bring awareness to an important issue. By working together, the city and its residents can rebuild from this incident and mitigate future risks.

Tips for Choosing Reliable Concrete Suppliers

by TRP Ready Mix on May 12, 2017

Reliable concrete suppliers have many years of experience, a large fleet of trucks and are centrally located to reach all of their customers without any delays.

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Concrete Supplier

If you’ve decided to use ready mix concrete for your next construction project, it is important to choose a supplier who can provide you with a professional service and quality products. Reliable suppliers will mix your concrete specific to your requirements and provide exceptional customer service throughout the order and delivery process. Consider the following tips for choosing a supplier when ordering ready mix concrete for your construction project.

Distance of Concrete Suppliers

It is better if you are able to find a concrete supplier that is in close proximity to you. To begin with, you don’t want to have any delays when receiving ready mix concrete, as it should be poured within 90 minutes for optimal results. Also, you will end up paying more for your concrete to account for higher transportation costs such as fuel and time. Therefore, seek out a reliable supplier that is in your region, preferably less than an hour away from your construction site.

Good Reviews

Another tip for choosing concrete suppliers is to ask around the construction industry and look for reviews online. Choose a supplier who has many years of experience and good reviews for both products and customer service. When ordering ready mix concrete, you want a reliable supplier who will deliver exactly what you ordered, on time, and professionally. Experienced professionals will provide you with a better quality product that will last.

Truck Sizes

If you need a large amount of ready mix concrete for a big construction site, you will want to order from a supplier with large capacity trucks to pour the concrete quickly and efficiently. On the other hand, if your concrete project is located down a narrow road, a smaller truck might be a more suitable option.

Also, look for suppliers with large fleets. The more trucks they have, the better able they are to serve you without any delays. When consulting with concrete suppliers, it is important to know their truck size and if they will be suitable for your project size and location.

Reliable concrete suppliers have plenty of experience, a large fleet of trucks, and are centrally located to reach all of their customers without any delays. Also, they will provide you with quality products and exceptional customer service. Therefore, it is recommended to look for these qualities when choosing concrete suppliers for your construction project.