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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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Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fires can happen anywhere, whether at home or at work. If a fire does break out at your office, it will likely present extra complications and factors to take into account than if it were at home. Most office buildings, for instance, consist of multiple floors and there are additional responsibilities both employers and employees need to know as part …

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Importance of Sewage Cleanup After a Flood

A sewer backup can have any number of causes: a blockage in your pipes could cause a backflow, pipes or septic tanks can rupture, or floodwaters can infiltrate the sanitary system and cause an overflow. Sewage leakage presents additional challenges to flood cleanup attempts but must still be handled promptly and effectively in order to both protect your possessions and …

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Flash Flood Safety Rules

Floods are the most dangerous and the most common natural disasters in North America. Flash floods are among the most deadly as they can come without warning and leave people caught unaware. Attempts to arrange flood damage restoration or industrial flood cleanups come secondary to your own safety. More than anything else, we at Flood Services Canada want you to …

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Simple Tips to Avoid Water Damages to Your Home

As important as water damage restoration companies are, most people would probably prefer to not need their services in the first place. Basement flooding and water damage can come from a wide variety of sources, from sudden downpours to leaky pipes. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to minimize these types of flood damage. Some of these measures are …

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Finding Your FERP: How to Make a Flood Emergency Response Plan

Even if you don’t live near the coast, heavy rains or rain-swollen rivers can still cause flooding. As a business owner, a flood-damaged building can disrupt and threaten your livelihood under the best of conditions. In extreme cases, you can lose the business entirely. To make sure your business survives a flood, it is important to establish a flood emergency …

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Emergency Flood Cleanup Tips: What to Do When the Basement Floods

No house is 100% flood-proof. While there are steps you can take to significantly reduce your risk of getting a flooded basement, that risk will always exist. If you end up with a flooded basement, you need to act quickly and intelligently to prevent damage to both your property and your home. Below is a series of important tips to …

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Tips for Preventing Basement Flooding

While we’d like to imagine our property will never need water removal services or sewage backup cleanup, the truth is that there is no guarantee that your home or business will never experience a water damage loss. This is why every homeowner can benefit from taking proactive steps to protect their basement from water damage loss and understand their available …

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How to Protect Your Valued Possessions from Water Damage

When your possessions are affected by water damage, restoration isn’t always possible. Wood stays warped, documents will be ruined, and electronics will befried! Flooding can happen to anyone, even those living in low-risk areas. Learning how to properly protect your valuables from water damage is an important step in reducing the unavoidable costs a leaky roof or basement flood will …

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Steps to Follow When a Flood Hits You

If a flood alert has been sounded in your area, there are steps you can take to prevent water damage and minimize flood cleanup. And just because you don’t live in an area that is prone to flooding doesn’t mean your home or business is immune to the effects of flooding. Heavy rainfall can overwhelm your drainage system, leading to …

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Thermal Imaging: The Best Way to Detect Moisture in Your Home or Business

Thermal imaging may seem like something out of science fiction, but for home and business owners, this piece of space-age technology can prove to be very useful. It may not let you see through walls, but thermal imaging and moisture detection can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, following a flood. How It Works Anything above a temperature …

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Top 10 Safety Tips for Spring Floods

Spring is right around the corner and with the heavy snowfall that the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has experienced, which will likely be followed by “April showers,” residents should be prepared for flooding during the spring and the potential need for water damage restoration. On average, the GTA experiences over 80 millimetres of rain between April and May, with the …

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Professional Drywall Repair Services in Toronto

Drywall is a material made from gypsum that is found in your walls and ceilings. It is typically durable and will stand up to the test of time, but can still be damaged and develop cracks, holes, and dents. Drywall repair is also often required after your basement experiences a flood. Regardless of why it was damaged, it is recommended …

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Tips and Guidelines for Storm Safety

The Greater Toronto Area has experienced torrential downpours in recent years that have led to damage, flooding, and blackouts in several regions. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel helpless during these times. To ensure your safety, keep a battery-powered radio on-hand and download a radio tuner app to your phone. Also keep a flashlight on every floor of …

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The Importance of Post-Construction Cleaning

You’ve completed your construction or renovation project and now you have to deal with the mess the contractors left behind. While contractors will provide after-construction cleaning most of the time, it’s usually at an added cost. That is why it is recommended that you hire a professional cleaning company for post-construction cleaning; after all, cleaning up after a project is …

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Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

A house fire is a traumatic experience for anyone to go through. However, the risk to you and your family can continue long after the fire is extinguished. Whether it was a minor cooking fire in the kitchen or a full-fledged blaze that caused extensive damage to the entire home, it is highly recommended that you employ professional fire restoration …

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