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From burst pipes to sewer backup, the potential for water damage in Canadian homes is fairly significant. In fact, water damage accounts for over 50% of all home insurance claims1. The good news is there are steps you can take to help prevent water damage to your home and belongings.
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Water damage is the single biggest cause for insurance claims in Canada. Find out how to prevent water damage in your home.
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10 Ways to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage to your home can lead to big expenses—and big headaches. To help you avoid this, we’ve identified some key areas where water damage can happen.
Click on the image below to see an interactive picture offering quick tips that can help you reduce the chances of damage to your home.
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Typical Causes of Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most common types of damage that can affect a home. Damage can be caused by a number of different factors, so knowing the possible causes can go a long way toward protecting your home.
Here are the typical causes of water damage:
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Spring Water Damage Prevention Tips
The Canadian spring brings about one of the heaviest periods of rainfall of the year. And because in many parts of the country the ground is still frozen from the winter months, it may not be able to absorb the additional water that rainfall can bring. This combination leads to an increased potential for water damage in and around your home.
Fortunately, most water damage caused by April showers is preventable. Here are some measures you can take to keep your home safe, inside and out.
Prevention Tips: Outside Your Home
Prevention Tips: Inside Your Home
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Winter Water Damage Prevention Tips
Prevent frozen pipes
Here’s how to help prevent the water inside your pipes from freezing, and avoid the damage that may be caused if a frozen pipe bursts.
If you think you have a frozen pipe—for example, if you’re not getting any water out of a faucet—contact a plumber right away to have it fixed.
It is also possible to thaw a pipe by slowing applying heat, such as with a hand-held hair dryer—just make sure you’re not in or near water while you use anything electrical. Never use a blowtorch or other open flame to try to thaw a pipe.
If you’ve experienced a burst water pipe, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve, and leave your faucets open until repairs are complete.
Prevent potential flooding by melting snow and ice
When the spring thaw arrives, here’s how to keep melting snow and ice from entering your home.
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Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding
As more and more Canadians expand their living space to include all levels of the home, basement flooding becomes a greater concern—not to mention a significant inconvenience for homeowners.
Find out how to avoid flooding in your basement, and your neighbours’ basements, in this helpful report published by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR).
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What Does Water Damage Look Like?
Click on the thumbnail images below to get a closer look at actual examples of water damage:
Burst Pipes from Freezing
Basement Water Leak
Icicles Hanging From Eaves
Icicles On a Roof
Roof Ice Dam
Water Damaged Basement
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If your home has suffered water damage, acting promptly is the key to keeping damage to a minimum and reducing the harmful effects of unwanted water in your home.
If you have water damage, do not:
1) Insurance Bureau of Canada
If you have any questions about your home insurance coverage, including making a claim, please contact us for assistance:
There should be no water coming out of any faucets except a possible slight residual drip from the lowest faucet as any remaining water in the pipes dribbles out.Close