As we drove around our #Etobicoke this past weekend you can not but notice the piles of wet rugs and furniture piled up at the end of the homeowners driveways. #Etobicoke was hit hard and a special Garbage pickup is required to help us all clean up.
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How to Deal with Residential Water Damage

Water damage starts slowly, mostly unnoticed by homeowners. Some things are just too troublesome and cause a great deal of distress and discomfort to us. The causes of water damage range from negligence to natural disasters. A tiny crack in the wall or the chimney can absorb water right into the structure of the house. Natural calamities such as storm or a flood may happen without warning and cause water damage. Needless to say, water damage can be a huge drain on your pockets. Even a small amount of water can cause great damage if it is consistently present in an area that needs to be dry.
Steps
Causes

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Understand the causes of water damage. These range from negligence to natural disasters. A running tap, a faulty washing machine hose, a leak in the pipes, floods, storms etc. are the usual culprits of water damage. In most cases, the damage will be visible, but many fail to notice them. Even an accidental spill on the carpet that is left unattended or a tap that is left open are possible causes for water damage. Water damage can also be sudden, such as those due to floods, storms and a pipe that burst in the basement for no apparent reason.
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If you are wondering what a few drops of water can do to your home, think again. A tiny crack in the wall or the chimney can absorb water right into the structure of the house. And if the leak persists we will come to know of it, but more often that not we notice the signs only when it is too late, possibly when the walls are about to collapse. The appearance of mold is an unmistakable sign of water damage. When you see mold, take care of it immediately.
Understand Where the Blame Lies

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Be aware of how a claim will be treated. Natural calamities such as storm or a flood may happen without warning and cause water damage, and should be covered by insurance. However, being insured may also not provide much safety in most cases. When you file a claim with the insurance company for water damages, a claims adjuster will most likely examine your home in great detail. If the damage is caused by the homeowner’s negligence, insurance companies will not pay. Always take adequate precautions to prevent water damage, and if it happens minimize the damage.
Dealing with Basement Flooding

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If you notice that your basement is flooded, cut off the electricity and gas from the main source. Do not handle electrical appliances unless you are properly insulated. The last thing you need is an electric shock to compound the damage.
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Assess the damage and take ample photos to show the insurance company. If the source of damage can be detected turn it off immediately, if possible. But the best option is to call the experts.
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Deal with it quickly. Water damage left unattended can cause stagnation, bacterial growth and molds, which in turn cause health problems. Take control of the situation quickly before it ends up threatening your life.
Dealing with Mold

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During humid months, use a water vacuum to clean up condensation and moisture.
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If living in a flood-prone area, invest in an ozone generator to assist with clean up.

For more information please contact: Kathy And Joe Gordon Sales Representatives RE/MAX Professionals Inc., Brokerage 270 The Kingsway Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario M9A 3T7 BUS (416) 236-1241 FAX (416) 231-0563 E-MAIL kathy@etobicokehomes4sale.com Website: etobicokehomes4sale.com

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