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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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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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