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WHAT IS IN STORE FOR FALL AND WINTER WEATHER

What weather does fall and winter of 2021/22 hold for Canada? Experts have predicted this will likely be another La Niña year, which is typically cooler and snowier than neutral or El Niño years. Another major factor is the overactive Atlantic hurricane season, which at the time of writing, has seen 8 named storms, 3 of which have become full hurricanes. This, on the heels of record-breaking heat and drought through the west and northern Ontario resulting in wildfires, is sure t...


HOW DOES SMOKE DAMAGE AFFECT THE CONTENTS OF YOUR HOME?

Even after a fire has been extinguished, a surprising amount of damage can occur in areas of your home that were untouched by flames. Smoke, soot and ash residue can cause devastating damage that can continue to harm your home and property even after the flames are out. Not only is smoke inhalation the primary cause of death from indoor fires, smoke conducts high temperatures from the fire, and the corrosive acidic nature of smoke, soot and ash cause further damage that worsens over time. ...


TOP 10 FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE COST OF WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION

Many factors need to be considered in making an accurate estimate of what water damage restoration will cost for your home. Each situation is unique, and obviously larger and more complicated jobs require more resources and time, and will therefore cost more. Depending on the situation, water cleanup and water damage restoration can sometimes be difficult and complicated. Use the following guideline from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore to help you understand each factor that...


FIRE PREVENTION WEEK IS OCTOBER 3 to 9, 2021

  Do you have a fire safety and prevention plan in place? Most of us know the importance of making sure your smoke detectors are working, and flammable material is kept away from sources of heat, but there is a lot more that can be done to ensure fire safety in your home. Making a proactive plan is much easier than being reactive in the case of an emergency, and there are resources to help you make that plan. Visit the Canadian Red Cross website for a comprehensive list of recommendat...


SEWAGE BACKUP IN MY BUSINESS: WHAT DO I DO?

A backed-up, overflowing toilet or sink can be distressing enough for any commercial property owner or business, but when sewage is involved, it can turn into a potentially hazardous clean-up situation. Use this guide from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore to learn what you should do immediately if a sewer backup should occur at your business, plus tips on how you can prevent it from happening again. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SEWAGE BACKUP Cleaning sewage backup can be extremely haza...


Reducing Wildfire Risk Could Save $500 Billion In Future Losses

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) recently released a report titled “National guide for wildland-urban-interface fires.” The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) then followed with an impact analysis of its findings.  The analysis found that implementing the advice outlined in the NRC Guide would cost approximately $125 billion, which accounts for a quarter of the losses that could be prevented. For more information on the NRC Report, CLICK HERE. ...


HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WILDFIRE SEASON

Given the right conditions, wildfires can occur anywhere. Ensuring your home and property are prepared for fire can prevent injury and death to people and animals, plus it can limit the amount of damage and destruction a fire can cause to your property and that of your neighbours and community. Fire weather refers to weather conditions that are conducive to fire, and these conditions determine the fire season during which fires are most likely to start, spread and cause extensive damage. I...