IDEAL helps out the High River flood clean-up effort

high river flood damage

On Wednesday, July 10th 2013 IDEAL sent our 5-ton trucks, 1/2 ton pickups and 25 staff members to High River, AB to volunteer in the flood clean-up efforts. To say the help was needed is an understatement. Everywhere we went there were damaged possessions, building materials and infrastructure.  The evidence of the waters impact on the town was startling.

high river flood clean up

We did our best to pick up whatever we could find and managed to take over 20 truck loads to the landfill.  Along the way we encountered numerous people and companies who were also helping out with heavy equipment, trucks, man power, supplies, food, transportation and support. Truly an awe inspiring environment that shines a light on how communities can come together to help each other out.  Our thanks to our staff for their time and our best wishes to the town of High River on it’s recovery.

high river flood team photo

IDEAL Employee Appreciation Day

paint ball

IDEAL staff got together for a fun day of paintball this weekend.  The weather was great and the paint was flying.  Thanks to all staff for making it out!

paint ball 2


Proper install of Plumbing Boots

proper plumbing boot install

plumbing boots or “oaties” are rubber gaskets that surround the plumbing vent stack to prevent water where the stack penetrates the roof deck

When evaluating the quality of install of Plumbing boots please consider the following:
– shingles overlapping the flanges of the vent are solid pieces
– a minimum 1″ space between the vents base and the shingles surrounding it
– tar over all nail heads

Proper Gooseneck Vent install

proper gooseneck vent install

Gooseneck vents are used to exhaust bathroom fans, kitchen exhaust fans and dryer vents


When evaluating the quality of a Gooseneck vent installation look for the following:
– shingles overlapping the flanges of the vent are solid pieces
– a minimum 1″ space between the vents base and the shingles surrounding it
– tar over all nail heads

Information on Mould

Found this brochure produced by Alberta Health Services outlining some facts about Mould.

check it out at this link

Alberta Health Services mould brochure

Attic insulation tips diagrams

insulation diagram - summer

diagram comparison of positive attic situation vs. negative under summer conditions

Found these 2 diagrams on a Google image search.  I think they do a good job of outlining the difference between a positively performing attic vs. a negative situation.

insulation diagram - winter

comparison of a positive attic scenario vs. a negative under winter conditions

Obstructions to the Attic insulation must be removed

attic insulation blocked by plywood sheathing

Plywood sheathing used for storage restricts access to insulation

Sometimes attics are used for extra storage space. In order for IDEAL to properly assess and then upgrade the insulation in your attic obstructions such as this plywood must be removed. There could be issues with the ceiling vapor barrier, electrical (such as pot lights and wiring penetrations) and penetrations (such as framing voids) that must be addressed. It also restricts the amount of new insulation that can be installed.

Warning from Winnipeg Fire Department on aged Cellulose insulation

global winnipeg article
Grave warning from the Winnipeg Fire Department about the potential risk of deteriorated Cellulose attic insulation. CLICK HERE

Insulation Introduction Video

This video has a good overview of some of the principles and terminology involved in home Insulation.

A wet attic roof is a sign that you have a problem

Moisture in an attic can build over time.  It can take quite a while before it makes its way down through the ceiling and onto a light fixture (for example).  Take a look into your attic every once in a while to ensure there is no moisture.  One of the first signs when you open the hatch and look up is the underside of the roof.  If you have a wet attic roof you have a problem that must be addressed right away.  If things seem to be Ok but you can still identify black staining on the wooden sheathing of your roof (the roof deck composed of wood slats, plywood or OSB) you may have an indication of a prior wet attic roof.