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Understanding the Flood and Water Damage in Windsor, Ontario

At the end of September, the City of Windsor experienced a massive rainfall of roughly 190 millimetres of rain (approximately 3 to 4 inches) in less than a day. As roads and basements throughout the city were flooded, the mayor was forced to declare a state of emergency. Flood Services Canada was among the remediation and flood clean-up services that …

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What to Do When Your Washing Machine Floods

Washing machines are both handy and use a lot of water. Consequently, their malfunction is both a major inconvenience and potential flooding risk. If you are faced with a washing machine flooding your basement (or if kept on another floor, the washing machine flooding your house!) then it’s important to know the best steps to take to minimize damage. Speed …

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What You Should Know About Leaking AC Units

Air conditioning is found in most homes and apartments, and anyone with an AC unit can have trouble imagining life without the perks of temperature control. While useful for fighting back against the summer heat, AC units can also be the source of headaches if they begin to leak. If there is an AC unit dripping water inside, structural problems …

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Can Clogged Gutters Cause Basement Flooding?

Each fall and spring, it is important to remember to clean out your gutters to remove any leaves or other debris that has built up over time. This is rarely a homeowner’s favourite task, but it is an exceedingly important one. If left untended, gutters can end up leading to flooding and property damage when you need them to protect …

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Your Water Heater Has Flooded Your Basement; Now What?

Although not the most common source of home flooding, water heater overflows can be one of the most dangerous types of water infiltration. This is because heater units are often located in spaces that you rarely think about or rarely enter or inspect. Your water heater can overflow, be leaking, or be dripping, but you might not notice as long …

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How Tree Roots Can Cause a Sewer Backup

Trees may be beautiful touches of nature and capable of adding shade and style to your yard, but they can also come with hidden dangers. The roots of a tree will burrow into the ground and seek out nutrients and water, as roots are liable to do, but this activity can put them at odds with your home’s sewer pipes. …

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Understanding the Types and Causes of Basement Flooding

Basement flooding clean-up is not a pleasant task. Setting aside the matter of draining and stopping any flood water, you have to deal with potential property loss and structural damage depending on the severity of the flooding. Prevention is the best cure for flooding, and being able to understand the types of basement flooding as well as the causes of …

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How Climate Change Can Lead to Increased Flooding in Canada

The effects of climate change in Canada can be both invisible and omnipresent. Although Canada is not one of the nations considered most vulnerable to the effects of climate change—there is no danger of typhoons, for instance—this does not mean we are exempt from the impacts of climate change altogether. Increased flooding in Canada is a very real result of …

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What Are the Causes of Riverine Flooding?

Riverine flooding is another way of describing a river flood. In this type of flooding situation, a river’s water level swells to the point where it overruns the banks and has the potential to threaten the immediate area. Depending on where the river is located, the damage could range from flooded roads to deluged basements. Types of Riverine Flooding Flash …

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How Catastrophic Storm Surges Can Cause Flooding

What is a Storm Surge? A “storm surge” is a phenomenon that can happen in coastal areas or anywhere that borders a large body of water, such as Lake Ontario or one of the other Great Lakes. During periods of high wind and air pressure, the water level will begin to rise and cause high waves. A storm surge is …

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Catastrophic Flooding Overview

Catastrophic flooding is, unsurprisingly, one of the worst water damage situations a property owner can face. These are situations such as the 2013 floods in Alberta and Toronto, where water filled the streets and caused several billion dollars worth of damage overall. When facing water damage of this magnitude, fast action is necessary to mitigate the worst of the damage …

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Black Water Flood Cleanup Company in Mississauga

What Is Black Water? Black water, also known as category 3 water damage, is the worst type of water to encounter in a flood situation. The name stems from the fact that this type of water is often dark, murky, and potentially teeming with bacteria that can cause significant illness if ingested or if droplets are inhaled. More than any …

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Understanding Water Mitigation

Water mitigation is any steps or processes taken to reduce or prevent water damage in response to a flood or penetrating leak. It is based on taking fast and proper actions to both protect the property and minimize further damage as well as to restore possessions after the loss. Although water mitigation is something that can be undertaken on your …

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How to Respond to a Sewer Backup

Sewage backups—whether coming from a basement drain or directly from a toilet—are damaging, hazardous, and sordid. Prompt action is needed to both minimize damage to your property and to ensure the safety of both yourself and anyone else who shares the property. A key thing to remember when dealing with a sewer backup or flood is that you should never …

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How to Prevent Winter Water Damage

Winter presents a unique set of challenges and hazards when trying to keep your home safe from water damage. While it may seem that a season where most water is solid would be a reprieve, the truth is almost the opposite. Ice and snow present special obstacles to keeping your home free of water, and recognizing and dealing with their …

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How to Minimize the Risks of Water Damage

Water damage accounts for over a billion dollars in paid insurance claims every year. The high costs and repairs come from permanent damage, ruined furniture, and fried electronics, not to mention the added loss of priceless photos and other family treasures. While having insurance coverage is important, prevention is often the best option. Water infiltrates the home through a variety …

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How to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

Unless your house is on stilts, it can fall victim to basement flooding. Whether from heavy rain, melting snow, groundwater infiltration, or any other cause, water can find its way into your home. Floods are distressing and expensive. They can reduce property values and cause over $1.5 billion in damages across Canada every year. Every homeowner will benefit from taking …

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Understanding the Dangers of Flooded Carpets

Carpets can be one of the trickier parts of water damage restoration. Unlike some of your other possessions, a dried carpet is not necessarily one that can still be salvaged. A wet carpet that does not get dried properly becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Even if that particular kind of mold is not toxic, this can still …

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Why You Should Be Wary of Damp Walls

It doesn’t take something as serious as a flood to get water into your walls. Improper window sealing, heavy rain, spikes in humidity, or a leaky appliance can let moisture infiltrate your property. Even if you don’t notice a problem, that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. When moisture seeps into your walls and floors it can create a breeding ground …

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Is Your Home Safe From Flood Damage?

Water damage is not a matter of degrees. Once water reaches the level of your floor, you will likely begin suffering damage from it. Since even a house on stilts can suffer pipe leaks or backups, adequate drainage is your main defense against a flooded property. It is in your best interest to make sure your property’s drainage is up …

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