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Water Damage and Basement Flooding: What Does My Insurance Cover in Ontario?

What does it cost to repair a flooded basement? What if your sewer backs up due to overland flooding from heavy rainfall, or your sump pump fails due to a power outage?  These problems are becoming all too familiar here in Southern Ontario. Sadly, the risk of urban floods will likely continue to increase as we experience earlier snowmelt, more intense rainfall and other effects of climate change […]

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What You Should Know About Your Home Ventilation

How much do you really know about your home’s ventilation system?  Home ventilation is something we all tend to forget about. It goes on while we go about our days unaware…until something goes wrong.  Ventilation may not be noticeable, but it is certainly crucial. It directly affects both the quality of your air and your life at home! There […]

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How to Protect Your Home from Flooding this Spring

Significant snow melt combined with heavy rainfalls spelled the recipe for disaster in many Northern Ontario communities this spring. Many roads in the Bracebridge area, Ontario’s main cottage country, were washed out by floodwaters, as water levels from nearby lakes rose dangerously high.  This prompted the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to activate a disaster recovery […]

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Why You Should Have Your Dryer Vent Professionally Cleaned

There’s one item you definitely don’t want to leave off your spring cleaning checklist – your dryer vent.   You may think your dryer vent is clean because you empty lint after each load of laundry, but tiny bits of dryer lint sneak through the lint trap and build up inside your dryer vent over time.   Why do these tiny bits of lint matter? Safety, safety, […]

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How to Easily Make Any Bypass Humidifier More Water-Efficient

Water rates in Ontario are rising even faster than our property taxes. In 2016, the average household water cost was $800 per year – and it’s climbed even higher in the years since. You’ve fixed leaky faucets, shut down your lawn sprinklers, even tried to cut your showers short – but it hardly makes a […]

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10 Air Conditioning Mistakes That Make Your Hydro Bill Soar

Good news: the temperature is rising. Bad news: your hydro bill is soaring, too. You want to stay cool this season, but at what cost? For most Canadians, central air conditioning only accounts for 3% of their overall energy use. But if your wallet is feeling the heat, it could be because you’re driving up […]

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Could 2019 Be Toronto’s Hottest Summer Ever?

  Over the last four years, we have experienced the warmest years in a row on record. 2016 was Toronto’s hottest summer yet, with the next couple of years coming close as well. While it’s possible that 2019’s summer could follow the last couple years, there is reason to believe that 2019 could be our […]

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3 Smart Reasons to Replace Your Air Conditioner in the Winter

Replacing an air conditioner during the summer months is common. Sometimes, unforeseen problems arise and there’s no way around it. However, if you anticipate that your air conditioning system is in need of replacement, winter is the best time to do it! We’ll discuss why below. 1. It’s the Low Season HVAC companies are usually […]

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