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Ways to Winterize Home to Prevent Serious Damage

Flood Services Canada (www.FloodServices.ca), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading 24-hour emergency flood, fire, and smoke damage restoration response service team, is announcing its tips for homeowners on how to winterize their homes for the upcoming cold season.

“Canada experiences a significantly sharp turn from hot to cold seasons. That makes it crucial for homeowners to take steps to protect their home before each season begins,” says Chad Vanvari, president and owner of Flood Services Canada. “With winter approaching much faster than we would probably like, now is the time for homeowners to check their homes for any sewage backup, clogged gutters, or other factors that can really harm a home.

According to Vanvari, most homeowners associate accidents like basement flooding and water damage with summer time hazards, but in truth, winter can bring severe storms and too much snow has just as much potential to be hazardous as too much rain. “That’s why homeowners need to take the right steps to protect their property,” says Vanvari.

“Taking measures such as turning off the indoor shutoff for outdoor water lines, trimming trees, and insulating water pipes are all important steps homeowners can take to protect their home from damage,” he adds. “The weight from ice and snow on tree branches can cause them to break, potentially resulting in significant damage to your home or electrical lines outside, and ensuring all pipes are insulated can prevent basement flooding or other water damage.” (Source: “How to winter-proof your home,” Royal Bank of Canada web site; http://www.rbcinsurance.com/insuranceneeds/winter-proof-home.html, last accessed October 6, 2014.)

Vanvariexplains that knowing the location of all the shutoff valves for the entire home is also an important matter. Homeowners should ensure all valves are working every six months just to be safe, as well asknowthe age of their water tank, which needs replacing every 10–15 years. (Source: “10 ways to prevent water damage to your home,” Royal Bank of Canada web site; http://www.rbcinsurance.com/insuranceneeds/water-damage-infographic.html, last accessed October 6, 2014.)

“Taking all the right steps does reduce the chances of any damage to a home during the winter, but accidents and severe weather are still possibilities,” Vanvari concludes. “For those instances, Flood Services Canada is ready and on call for water damage cleanup, basement flooding repair, or any other severe damage maintenancetoa home.”

Flood Services Canada is the Greater Toronto Area’s leading 24-hour emergency response service team. The company provides residential and commercial customers a full range of industry-leading services in water removal and water damage cleanup, smoke and fire damage restoration, sewage backup cleaning, wind and storm damage response,dehumidification and structural drying,odour control, and important document drying. Flood Services Canada also provides all necessary repairs and renovations, including: furniture andreupholstery, electronics and equipment restoration, pack-out and storage, and post-repair cleanup. Each of Flood Service Canada’s IICRC-certified technicians delivers the best personalized service in the industry, ensuring every customer receives top service, quality, and value. To learn more about Flood Services Canada, visit the company’s web site at www.FloodServices.ca or call Flood Services Canada at 416-999-3930.

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.