EPDM Roof Restoration with Liquid Rubber Coatings, September 2015, Edmonton

GRS first carried out an inspection and some light repairs on this commercial building's EPDM roof in April of 2012. There are two roofs in this system, one EPDM and one metal. We began working on the roof in September of 2015, proceeding with an engineered liquid rubber coating, on top of repairing any new fault areas that have developed since then. Check out this page for the original inspection information, though it may be referenced in some sections below.
Table of Contents:
Inspection
Scope of Work
Roof Reports [all 2015]
  Inspection: April 17, 2012 The original inspection is very thorough and worth reviewing. In summary, the EPDM and metal roof was suffering from some puncture holes, leaks, and membrane degradation. The structure itself is sound, but could use some maintenance to address then-current and future problems. Spot repairs could be carried out, or the roof could be recovered with a new watertight system (ie: liquid rubber).   Scope of Work: September 7, 2015 The crew made a list of things to present to the client, covering all of the pertinent safety information and everything needed to demonstrate that the scope of the project has been thoroughly considered. Below is a copy of everything they were prepared to cover.
Required on site to show HSE Manager:
  • GRS tool box documents
  • MSDS (attached)
  • WHIMIS tickets.
  • First aider with ticket
  • Fall arrest tickets
  • First aid kit
  • Pylons and caution tape for 6' control zone
  • Harnesses and ropes
  • Proper safety glasses
  • Steel toe boats (with green triangle symbol)
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Gloves
 
Other:
  • Liquid rubber - 15 - 17 pails
  • Rollers, sleeves, brushes
  • Seam tape
  • Flashing mesh
  • Pressure washer, hose, electrical - be sure to advise office staff that roof may leak while washing.
  • Rags (materials to dry roof)
  • EPDM repair materials and tools
 
Notes:
  • Access to roof is with roof door - walk out on roof. Do not use ladders to access roof.
  Scope of Work:   Roof 1. EPDM ballast roof restoration. Approximately 36' x 50'
  • Remove rock ballast from half of EPDM roof
  • Wash EPDM roof membrane to white-glove clean
  • Repair EPDM as required
  • Coat half roof with liquid rubber (about 900 sq feet or 3 - 5 pails)
  • Return ballast to EPDM roof
  • Remove rock ballast from other half of EPDM roof
  • Wash EPDM roof membrane to white-glove clean
  • Repair EPDM as required
  • Coat half roof with liquid rubber (about 900 sq feet or 3 - 5 pails)
  • Return ballast to EPDM roof
  Roof 2. Metal Roof Coating. Approximately 56' x 50' Details first. Wash roof and/or internal gutters as required. Dry. Reinforce all your details with liquid rubber and/or seam tape or mesh as required before rolling out or spraying liquid rubber. Check all fasteners and replace as required or coat with liquid rubber. Check all rooftop penetrations, flashing, roof-to-wall connections, roof eave to gutter area, internal gutters and sheet metal connections, internal gutter to wall connections, and seams (especially horizontal) that may be separating. Clear old caulking etc. Add seam tape or mesh with liquid rubber. Coat complete metal roof, in gutters, and up parapet walls 30" in liquid rubber. Be sure to tape off a clean line at wall at a height of 30" or so - the line needs to be clean and straight. Pay close attention to internal gutters especially where sheet metal connects and where the internal gutter is at a vertical meeting the metal roof edge (that's where most leaks on these systems occur).  
Metal roof coating repair video and explanation of scope of work at this link:
  Roof Report: September 8, 2015 The team met in the morning for a brief safety meeting with the entire crew present. They then went up to the roof to begin moving the ballast from the west side onto the east side, preparing the area for cleaning. Using pressure washers to clean off the surface, the team found some difficulty with the amount of clay mixed in with the dirt. They sent one of the technicians out to pick up more scrub pads that could handle the tougher soil. Heavy rain began rolling in, so the team had to depart a little bit early. Half of the roof is cleaned off and prepared for the following day's application of liquid rubber. Plan for September 9: Arrive for 7:00am, and put down the first layer of liquid rubber on the now-complete half of the roof. While it cures, the second half of the roof will be prepared for the same.  
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Puncture hole around the detailing of a ventilation unit.
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Pressure washers were used to clean the surface, which was covered in a mixture of clay and dirt.
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Scrub pads were used to remove the remaining soil. After the roof was dirt-free, we gave it a final wash.
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We had to shut the site down when heavy rain began to roll in. Half of the roof was cleared and now prepared for liquid rubber applications.
    Roof Report: September 9, 2015 The GRS crew arrived on site for 6:45am, and had their toolbox meeting for fifteen minutes until the client arrived to grant access to the roof. They began by clearing off the residual moisture and prepared to apply the liquid rubber to half of the EPDM roof. In the meanwhile, the other part of the team was at the shop picking up another six buckets of the liquid rubber solution. By the time they'd returned, the first team kept cleaning the metal roof. Half of the metal roof had liquid rubber applied to it, and the technicians kept preparing the gutter and sidewalls for recovery. Once the west side of the EPDM roof had cured, the crew moved the ballast back from the east side. They kept preparing and cleaning the east side for tomorrow's application of liquid rubber, as some rainfall prevented them from more liquid rubber application. Both the EPDM and metal roofs have been half-completed with liquid rubber, with the other half prepared for the following day's work. The customer also reported a heavy leak, which was traced and temporarily patched until it can be addressed at-length.
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Completed liquid rubber coatings on one of the metal roofs.
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Clearing away residual moisture and ballast rocks from the other half of the EPDM roof.
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Detailing around the rooftop units also required new coatings, with cracks forming around the corners.
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After cleaning the remaining portion of the metal roof, a second team of technicians completed the coatings after preparing the gutter and sidewalls for recovery.
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Various rooftop appliances also required coatings around their bases.
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Once the EPDM had cured, we applied liquid rubber to half of the roof which had previously been covered in residual moisture.
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The parapet walls were inspected for various deficiencies, such as punctures and pockets formed at the wall connections.
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Initial patch applied to the detailing around a rooftop unit on the metal roof.
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Remaining half of the metal roof to be recovered.
  Roof Report: September 10, 2015 Work began on the roof around 6:45am, where the team got to cleaning the EPDM roof in preparation for more liquid rubber. Everything was cleaned and prepared for 10:00am, and after a brief coffee break one technician got to applying the rubber solution to the ribs of the metal roof while another applied it to the EPDM. The two remaining crew mates finished up the mesh and detail work on the metal roof, working through 12:30pm until lunch. Resuming at 1:00, they all continued with their assigned tasks until the metal roof was done around 3:00pm. The EPDM roof has a 5' x 36' section still requiring ballast removal, cleaning, and liquid rubber application. It's expected that the work will be finished tomorrow.
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After clearing the ballast rocks from the other half of the EPDM roof, we again had to wash off the clay/dirt mixtures from the surface.
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After washing the detritus, the surface was nearly ready for liquid rubber coatings. Scrub pads were used to remove any remaining buildups. One 5' x 36' section of ballast was still remaining, as well.
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Concurrently, another technician applied coatings to the remaining metal roof's ribs.
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Completed liquid rubber recovery to an EPDM roof.
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Completed metal roof.
    Roof Report: September 11, 2015 The crew arrived on site for 7:30am, and got to cleaning the remaining section of the EPDM roof. By the time they took a break around 10:10am the roof was clean and ready for the liquid rubber. They performed a leak test on the second roof, and made sure that there was no water ingress to the offices below. Once confirmed, they prepared the breather holes on the metal roof's ribbing with mesh and rubber. Lunch break went from 11:30 - 12:00pm, and the EPDM roof was finished shortly after. The rubber has to cure before the ballast can be replaced, so the team moved on to the metal roof to continue adhering the mesh and rubber to the ribbing. Come 2:40pm, they had the site cleaned up and marked the job complete. < End Report >   CODE: 6621 Contact Us Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.  

Low Slope Roofing Repair, Edmonton September 2015

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Flat Roofing Replacement, August 2015, Edmonton

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EPDM Roofing Installation, August 2015, Edmonton

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Commercial Flat Roof Repair, August 2015, Edmonton

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Photo Journal: Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton AB, March 2014

Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton - Below you will find a photo journal and emergency roof repair assessment from our Edmonton roofing repair crew at a commercial roofing site. Although the call began as a tar and gravel flat roof leak repair, the extent of damage escalated to the client requesting a quotation for flat roof recovery or replacement options. More field reports will be posted as they become available for this site. Regular Flat Roof Maintenance Will Save You Money. If you own a flat roof it is critical for you to conduct regular inspections, maintenance and repairs as needed. You will save considerable money if you do this twice per year. The reason it saves you money is that a complete flat roof replacement is expensive and 9 in 10 times had maintenance been done the replacement would not be required. If you do not do regular inspections and maintenance you could face a catastrophic failure which has occurred to this roof below. Simple spring and fall inspection and maintenance would have avoided a costly re-roof. Click here for a proper flat roof inspection and maintenance check-list. Emergency Flat Roof Inspection Edmonton, March 29 2014: Flat Roof Leaks. There are multiple large leak problems on this commercial tar and gravel flat roof that are currently being managed with buckets. Flat Roof Ponding. The roof assembly is carrying considerable ponding all over that is definitely a concern with dead weight load on the roof in times of sudden storms or in winter freeze thaw situations. Roof Drains. There are two drains on the roof that are useless; the previous contractors did not sump them properly. Roof Maintenance. Previous roof maintenance contractors did not remove the gravel before using tar to patch spots that needed repair. An excessive amount of tar has also allowed trapped air to cause blistering. Gum Boxes. Four gum boxes were actually near open water, and it was able to get into them. This is also contributing to some of the leaks. Roof Membrane. The tar and gravel roof membrane has become weather cracked from the sun, contributed by an improper ballast spread. If the pea gravel is not covering the bitumen layers the UV of the sun will dry out the bitumen causing it to crack and ultimately leak. Blisters. There is mass blistering of the roof membrane in multiple areas. If they continue, water will enter there as well. Several of the blisters on the roof are cratering water into them. Temporary Flat Roof Repairs. While we were on-site, we attempted to drain as much water as possible. The client called off the temporary repairs since the problems have become greater than simple roof maintenance work. The client has requested a quotation on roof replacement or recovery options.
Pitch pan pocket (gum box) is allowing water to enter. Needs maintenance.
Pitch pan pocket (gum box) is allowing water to enter. Needs maintenance.
Gum box needs to be filled.
Gum box needs to be filled.
Gum Box - Pitch Pan Pccket.
Gum Box.
Considerable roof ponding that was much worse prior to pumping water off roof.
Considerable roof ponding that was much worse prior to pumping water off roof.
Unit curb flashing is deficient and needs repair or replacement preferably.
Unit curb flashing is deficient and needs repair or replacement preferably.
Pea gravel is vacant on this section of roof allowing UV rays to dry out bitumen layers causing bitumen to crack and allow leaks in the building.
Pea gravel is vacant on this section of roof allowing UV rays to dry out bitumen layers causing bitumen to crack and allow leaks in the building.
Water ponding around flashing at curb of rooftop unit.
Water ponding around flashing at curb of rooftop unit.
Photo of tar and gravel roof showing all the rooftop units etc.
Photo of tar and gravel roof showing all the rooftop units etc.
Roofers vacuuming off water and using sump pumps to get water off roof.
Roofers vacuuming off water and using sump pumps to get water off roof.
Water ponding on Edmonton Tar and Gravel flat roof.
Water ponding on Edmonton Tar and Gravel flat roof.
Ponding water at various locations of flat roof.
Ponding water at various locations of flat roof.
Pea gravel on tar and gravel roof is vacant.
Pea gravel on tar and gravel roof is vacant.
Roof drain in bottom right of photo is not installed properly (it should be sumped down) to allow more water to get to drain.
Roof drain in bottom right of photo is not installed properly (it should be sumped down) to allow more water to get to drain.
Ponding everywhere on this flat roof.
Ponding everywhere on this flat roof.
Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton
Flat Roof Leak Inspection Edmonton
Flat roof inspection reveals roof blisters at numerous locations.
Flat roof inspection reveals roof blisters at numerous locations.
20140329_181737 20140329_183548 20140329_183552 20140329_182107 20140329_182124 20140329_182204 20140329_182212 20140329_182234 20140329_182245 20140329_182249 20140329_182303 20140329_182308 20140329_182312 20140329_182336 20140329_182343 20140329_182354 20140329_182359 20140329_182413 20140329_182420 (1) 20140329_182424 (1) 20140329_182433 (1) 20140329_182439 20140329_182500 20140329_182505 20140329_182513 20140329_182653 20140329_182710 20140329_182713 < End Report > Code: 109 Contact Us Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Flat Roof Repair Calmar Alberta, June 4, 2015.

Article: EPDM Flat Roof Repair Calmar Alberta, Commercial Building, Slope Toward Drains.

Below you will find a report from the flat roof repair crew. The issue with this roof was that a back-slope was required to get the water drainage correct. Once the back slope was installed on the flat roof the water drained from the roof much better. May 9, 2015: Crew Arrives to Complete Repair 
EPDM Roof
This EPDM roof had significant water ponding at the edges and drainage issues. 
Water Pooling
Technicians removing water from the roof to prepare for the back-sloping.
Installing EPDM
Installing EPDM over newly sloped area for more effective water drainage.
EPDM Repair
EPDM Repair in progress. Installing a back-slope at the roof parapet to redirect water to drain.
  After filling out our safety documentation and a weekly safety meeting we went up on the roof to find about 2 inches of standing water along the back wall. We spent 2 hours getting the roof dry. Once the roof was dry we then installed our slope with screws and plates to correct the roof ponding issues. After that we put 3 inch seam tape around the perimeter of our back slope. Once that was complete we put latex in our rubber using 2  pieces as one piece. It would of been a hassle after we glued our rubber down. The crew then glued it to the seam tape all around to ensure a 100% seal. The slope turned out really good. The customer inspected the work and was happy. I also noticed 2 outside corners that where failing so I fixed them while I was there we then packed up our tools downloaded them to the truck and left site at 5 PM. More Photos of Completion of Roof Re-Slope Repair. 
EPDM Flat Roof Repair
Applying an EPDM patch to a failed corner.
EPDM Repair
EPDM Repair completed - back-slope at parapet wall completed to ensure positive drainage of this flat roof.
  < End Report > Code: 5120 Contact Us Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Flat Roof Drain Repair Edmonton, July 1, 2015.

Article: Tar And Gravel Flat Roof Drain Repair Edmonton Alberta To Commercial Building.

Below you will find a report from the flat roof repair crew in Edmonton Alberta conducting there report and repairs.  October 29, 2014: Assessment Completed  The client has two leaks. Originally it was one, but the manager said it was two. He then showed me leak number one.  It is in the center of the store. When I got up to roof, the roof was in good shape and I couldn't find the leak but upon further investigation the leak is coming from the drain. There are multiple seams in the drain pipe and I would recommend that two u-flows be installed in that drain, by the way it was designed it would need two.
There are multiple holes in the wall that need to be plugged as water can and is getting in there and most certainly the cause of the leak
4 to 6 man hours to complete
Leak Identified On Roof
Our assessment began with a walk-around of the perimeter, noting any deficiencies at common leak entry points.
Leak From Inside Building
Water-damaged ceiling panels were removed and our technicians checked the building envelope for leak entry points, deficiencies.
Tar And Gravel Flat Roof Repairs Edmonton
Two u-flows were required for the drain.
Drain Leak
Multiple seams at the drain pipe suggested it was one of the leak entry points.
Leak Identified
Second leak entry point, with holes that needed to be plugged in the wall.
  December 2, 2014: Crew Attended And Completed Repairs.   < End Report > CONTACT US Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Commercial SBS Flat Roofing Recovery Edmonton, June 2015

Article: Flat Roof Recovery Edmonton, 2 Ply SBS Recovery Flat Roofing, Commercial.

Below you will find a report from the flat roofing crew regarding the recovery of a tar and gravel flat roof to 2 Ply SBS membrane. November 6, 2014: Tear-off Crew Arrives for Gravel Roofing Removal and to Load Material. 
Roof Tear Down
Roof Tear Down
January 23, 2015: Crew Continues Laying Down Base.
Recovery SBS
Recovery SBS
SBS Roof Recovery
SBS Roofing Recovery
2 Ply SBS Base
2 Ply SBS Base
SBS Base
SBS Base
February 12, 2015: Crew Continues Roofing.  This morning after we were done with the safety reports, we went to the upper roof and continued with the base seal tie in. I had the labourers remove snow from the entire upper roof while I started to install peal and stick to the roofing curbs. After I was done with the curbs on the north side of the roof, I installed patches over the plates and installed gussets were there was none. I also found several spots that needed patches in the field and repaired as required.
Recovery With SBS
Roofing Recovery With SBS
2 Ply SBS Recovery In Progress
2 Ply SBS Roofing Recovery In Progress
Base Laid Down
Base Laid Down
SBS Recovery
SBS Roofing Recovery
  March 12, 2015: Crew comes back to complete final touches on roof. Roofing recovery completed. We spent extra time on resetting all the wire tracks on the upper roof and finished off the storm collars with caulking as well.  Two of the 18 inch stacks still have no storm collars but we filled with caulking any way.   With no metal flashing on the wall detail on the upper roof, we made sure that water would not pond there and completely filled the ringlet with caulking and should hold. At the end of the day we downloaded the rest of the tools and but rolls of base and propane into the small trailer and parked it in the very NE corner of the parking lot.  The bin is still on site and needs to be removed.
2 Ply SBS Completed
2 Ply SBS Completed
2 Ply SBS Recovery Edmonton
2 Ply SBS Roofing Recovery Edmonton
2 Ply SBS Roof Recovery
2 Ply SBS Roofing Recovery
2 Ply SBS
2 Ply SBS Roofing
< End Report > Article Topics: Flat Roof Edmonton, Recovery, Commercial, Torch-On SBS Modified Bitumen. CONTACT US Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.

Tar And Gravel Chimney Leak, Edmonton, June 26, 2015.

Article: Tar And Gravel Chimney Leak In Edmonton Alberta To Residential Home.

Below you will find a article with the flat roofing repair crew in Edmonton Alberta Canada while they were repairing a Tar and Gravel chimney leak.  September 9, 2014: Crew Arrives For Assessment.  The over all roof is in good shape. As far as the leak around the chimney I would be looking at around 6 man hours, and one can of sopra mastic and  one roll of mesh. Also I noticed that there is a bunch of cracks in the chimney, Which are deep and this could also be the source of the leak.
Chimney Cracks On Top
Chimney Cracks On Top
Chimney Cracks
Chimney Cracks
Tar And Gravel Chimney Leak
Tar And Gravel Chimney Leak
Chimney Leak
Chimney Leak
  September 25, 2014: Crew Arrives To Site And Completes Repair.  Repaired leak around chimney on tar and gravel roof. Material used was one can of  sopra mastic and one roll of 6 inch mesh.   < End Report > CONTACT US Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.   Code: 7616.