More than half of British Columbia’s school districts have been shown to have unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water sources in 2016 and early 2017, according to a water testing protocol ordered by the provincial government. An analysis of the tests shows that 26/5 percent of the 15,000 tests on about 10,000 drinking sources in schools exceeded the mandated levels of lead for drinking water –and some of them by fairly large amounts.
Canadians deal with lots of rain every fall, winter, and spring season of each and every passing year. Yet, flood insurance is a relatively new idea in Canada. Flood insurance which covers damage from water flowing above ground and seeping in through windows, doors, and cracks only became widely available to Canadians within the last few years. Until recently, Canada was the only country in the G8 group of advanced economies that did not have this time of overland insurance.
Life certainly has its unknown twists and turns. One minute everything is going fine, then disaster strikes. Out of the blue you can fall victim to natural flooding, pipe leakages, toilets overflowing, washing machines breaking down, sump pump failures and other things which can destroy the interior of your home, and even have an impact upon your home's structural integrity.
When looking at your household’s piping, the old axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings incredibly true in order to prevent leaks and subsequent damage from them. If not dealt with immediately, a leak can cause significant damage to your home – and the best way to avoid this damage is through preventing leaks in the first place by repiping before there is a risk of pipe failure.
With owning a home, an ounce of prevention can be worth a lot. Knowing what to look for in the summertime in your basement to avoid potential leaks can prove to be incredibly helpful to avoid the headaches of dealing with a basement leak in the winter. The first step is learning how to identify any potential hidden hazards with a basement and to learn how to tell the difference between dampness, leaks, and wetness or damage from a previous flood.
Floods are amongst the scariest and most devastating natural disasters that we face. Often times, you may know that a flood is coming, but you may not be aware of the extent to which it will impact your neighborhood or home. When a flood is on its way, either from a major storm upstream, or from direct flooding associated with an inadequate storm water drainage system, being prepared can save you time, money, and prevent the loss of valuable or sentimental items.
Vancouver residents are starting to pull out their rain boots and winter jackets as the fall and winter rains and cold weather have started beating down on us. One thing that some people may be forgetting is that your home needs some protection from the bad weather as well.
The cost of water related damage to your home can be substantial – and repairing the cause is just the tip of the iceberg. The damage caused by leaks of any size, from flooding to slow seepage, can compromise structural parts of your home, ruin floors, walls and ceilings, and wreck your furniture or other valuable possessions.
Ensuring your basement stays dry will help to make sure that your house stays strong and durable for years to come. Additionally, it helps avoid issues with mold (including health issues) and can help reduce the need for costly and unexpected repairs. Even minor water damage can cause structural issues which damage the durability of the home.
Has the time come for you to replace or repair your leaky roof? You may be asking yourself when is the best time to get a leaky roof dealt with. When it comes to work with roofing, timing is important – the busiest seasons can be the most expensive , and it can be beneficial to have your roof repaired in the off season as the higher quality roofers will likely be more readily available and for a potentially better price.
In Vancouver BC, the weather is known to be wet. While rains are usually forecasted, at times large amounts of precipitation can be unforeseen. Flood damage means losses or damages caused by heavy rains or water overflowing from rivers, lakes or melting snow, causing run off. It is important to know the difference between flood damage and water damage, as you may not be insured for both. Before starting a flood restoration project, you will want to figure out if your insurance will cover the dam
A leaking window needs immediate attention to prevent water damage and to ensure your home’s energy efficiency. Whether you repair the issue, or replace the window entirely, should be dependent on the type and size of the issue at hand.
If you live in a house, chances are you'll eventually need to repair your roof. There are different ways roofs start to deteriorate including the onset of mold, or the need to replace absent or broken shingles that may be causing leaks. A visual inspection with a professional will be the first step in preparing your home, as you will want to know what the damage is, how it will need to be fixed, and how long it will take.