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How to Clean Up Sewage in a Basement

It is unsettling to think about what sewage damage can do to your house. When there is a sewage backup, immediate action must be taken, especially when it occurs in the basement. Sewage backups contain contaminants that not only damage your house but pose a health threat to your family members and loved ones. While it is always best to …

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How to Prevent Mould after Water Damage

Mould spores love dark, damp environments and the aftermath of a flood or water leak can create an ideal environment for their proliferation within your walls, floors, carpet, and other materials that may contain cellulose or organic fibers. In addition to being unsightly and smelly, mould can pose legitimate health hazards ranging from breathing and skin irritations to (in rare …

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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Flood Cleanup Services Provider

Before you hire a flood cleanup company, you should consider the factors below in order to get the best services: Is the Water Damage Restoration Contractor Certified and Licensed? An organization that provides flood cleanup services will be more than happy to provide their certifications, accreditations, and licenses. In fact, they will typically list them prominently on their web site. …

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How to Prevent the Growth of Mould in Winter

Fall is upon us and winter is right around the corner, meaning that most home and business owners have transformed their houses or buildings into sealed environments. While this is going to keep your family and employees warm over the next few months, if you have mould anywhere in your residence or building, it can make breathing difficult for anyone …

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How to Choose the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

If your home gets flooded, finding a water damage restoration company may be the last thing on your mind. However, flood water damage restoration should be at the top of your “to-do” list. Whether it is due to heavy rain, a burst pipe, your roof leaking, or any number of other reasons, cleanup immediately following a flood will prevent further …

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All about Frozen and Burst Pipes

The dread of any homeowner in the wintertime is facing a flooded home from a burst pipe. While expert remediators can perform restoration after frozen pipes burst, it should be no surprise that it’s better to be proactive than reactive in these situations. Consider this article a primer on freezing and bursting pipes and a handy guide to keeping frozen …

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How to Tell if Your Pipes are Frozen or Have Burst

As any homeowner knows, having a frozen pipe burst and flood your home is one of the perpetual hazards of the winter season. Although preventive measures can and should be taken to keep your pipes from freezing, even the most proactive steps aren’t 100% effective. This is why it is important for homeowners to be aware of the signs that …

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How to Keep Your Pipes Safe from Freezing This Winter

Having your home flooded from a burst pipe is frustrating, expensive, and spectacularly time consuming. It is a situation any homeowner would prefer not to be in, which is why it is fortunate that it is also a preventable occurrence. Proper proactive steps can be taken to significantly reduce your risk of flooding under several different conditions. Even if you …

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Why is My Bathroom Flooding!?

Between the sink, toilet, and bathtub/shower, it’s no surprise that a lot of flood clean-up services involve the bathroom. Bathroom flooding comes with many causes and each one has its own method of identification and (more importantly) prevention. Whether your bathroom is flooding a basement through the floor or the bathroom risks flooding another room through the ceiling, neither situation …

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What to Know about Dishwashers Flooding Your Kitchen

Given that they use large volumes of water whenever they run, dishwashers are one of the more common culprits when it comes to household flood situations. As with any major source of water leakage, a dishwasher flood in your house can end up causing significant structural and monetary damage if not addressed promptly. Here are some key pieces of information …

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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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