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We Responds to Flooding in Toronto and North York After Rainstorm

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 reporting on its response to the flooding of many homes and condominiums after the recent heavy rainfall across the GTA.

The evening of Thursday, October 16 saw Toronto and the GTA get hit with heavy rainfall that caused massive flooding and even forced the closure of some subway stations. Several commuters in the Woodbridge area reported being stuck on roads that were waist deep and York region police would later close these roads to all traffic. (Source: “After heavy flooding, roads and transit return to normal,” CBC web site, October 17, 2014; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/after-heavy-flooding-roads-and-transit-return-to-normal-1.2802154.)

“We had an extremely busy night responding to all the calls for flooding, particularly basement flooding, and including some serious ones in the York Mills and Leslie area,” says Chad Vanvari, owner of Flood Services Canada. “Thankfully, we are built for catastrophic storm response and were able to utilize our expertise in water damage restoration to quickly handle all the basement flooding.”

According to Vanvari, some basement flooding reached the second floor of several homes, making water damage restoration that much more difficult. However, he adds that the company did an excellent job in responding to the floods and safely managing all situations.

“Our team was really on top of all aspects of the storm response,” he explains. “We responded to some condos that were flooded and did a great job in providing water damage restoration to those properties as well.”

Vanvari wants to remind all homeowners who have experienced basement flooding or any other type of water damage that the problem isn’t resolved by just having the water drained or extracted. If affected building materials have not been removed or thoroughly dried out, mold can begin to set in rather quickly, usually within 72 hours. If this occurs, it’s imperative that the next step of mold removal is taken.

“After a flooding of this magnitude, it’s not a question of if mold will set in, but when,” Vanvari notes. “Mold removal is another service we offer at Flood Services Canada and we urge our clients to have it done if they have a mold problem.”

“For instances of rainstorms, we at Flood Services Canada would like to remind homeowners to ensure all drain pipes and downspouts are clear of debris, and to remove all personal and sentimental items only if it is safe to do so, meaning an inch or less of water. Homeowners should then call an IICRC-certified water damage company such as Flood Services Canada to start extracting the water right away and have their homeowner’s insurance policy and booklet available to review their coverage,” Vanvari concludes. “Once these steps have been taken, it is important that homeowners call their insurance company and let them know that they have begun the process of water damage mitigation.”

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 and reupholstery, 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.