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Top Water Damage Causes in Homes

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Water damage is a serious problem that can have significant and long-lasting consequences for homeowners. It’s important to be aware of the most common causes of water damage in homes so that you can take steps to prevent it from occurring.

One of the most common causes of water damage is faulty plumbing. This can include pipes that have become old and corroded, or pipes that have been improperly installed. If a pipe bursts or leaks, it can cause water to flood into a home and cause significant damage to the walls, floors, and personal belongings. In addition, faulty plumbing can also lead to mold growth, which can be harmful to your health.

Another common cause of water damage is natural disasters, such as floods or hurricanes, which can cause significant damage to a home. Flooding can occur due to heavy rainfall or a nearby body of water overflowing, and it can be especially destructive if a home is not properly protected.

Other common causes of water damage include leaks from appliances, such as washing machines or water heaters, and leaks from the roof or foundation of a home. In addition, improper drainage around a home can also cause issues, as can clogged gutters or downspouts.

By being aware of these common causes of water damage, homeowners can take steps to prevent it from occurring and protect their homes from significant damage. This can include regularly inspecting and maintaining pipes and appliances, sealing any cracks or openings in the home’s exterior, and keeping gutters and downspouts clean and in good repair. In addition, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place in case of a natural disaster, such as purchasing flood insurance or having sandbags on hand to help protect your home.

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Mould can be extremely dangerous to your health.  WINMAR®️’s restoration experts are trained in safe, modern testing, removal, and restoration for mould. Our full-scale mould removal plans protect homes and people.


Where there is water, there may also be mould. If you have had flooding or leaks, be sure to get in touch with a WINMAR®️ mould specialist to have your home assessed.

#mould #winmar #comingthroughforyou


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It is Disaster Planning and Safety Month at WINMAR®. What would you do during a flood? A fire? A tornado? Most people do not know. Our experienced team at WINMAR® creates response plans and preventative measures to fully prepare you and your property for specific scenarios you could face. The worst time to learn where to go and what to do during an emergency is when it is happening. Be sure that everyone in your home or building knows where safety and emergency equipment is stored and how to use it, as well as the location of fire exits and muster points.

#comingthroughforyou #propertyrestoration


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While the warm summer weather has its perks, the bills that come with it are not. Energy bills can increase unexpectedly and overtime can become difficult to manage. Here are some tips on how to cut your cooling costs this summer, and keep your home running efficiently.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner

Is your air conditioner blowing less and less cold air? Take a look at your AC filter – a dirty filter will make your AC unit work twice as hard for half the cold air, all while increasing your bill. By cleaning or replacing your filter at least once a month, you can lower energy consumption by up to 15% and cut your cooling costs. If your property has central air, check that the floor registers are clean, and the evaporator and condenser coils are clear of dirt and debris.

Install Solar Shades

Solar shades stop up to 70% of outside heat penetrating into your home. When your home is generally cooler, you’ll require much less AC throughout the day. Window films & stained glass are another option, but unlike solar shades, they can only do their job if the windows are closed. Solar shades still allow you to enjoy that cool summer breeze.

Buy A New AC Unit

If you have the budget, opt for a new air conditioning unit with a high energy-efficiency ratio, or one that is Energy Star-qualified. They use around 8% less energy, which saves money on utilities while reducing your carbon footprint. However, it’s still important to stay on top of maintenance and cleanliness as we mentioned.

Switch Your Window Treatments

Utilize highly reflective, light-coloured blinds and shades to reduce the heat coming into your house, and keep them drawn all day if possible. The lighter the hue, the more they will reflect the sun’s rays. Additionally, investing in insulated or reflective shades will reduce heating costs when the winter comes around.

Install A Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan creates a wind-chill effect which makes your home instantly feel cooler. In case you’re also using an air conditioner, the fan will help to disperse the cool air more efficiently.


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WINMAR uses advanced Esporta Wash Systems to help us restore your contents.

When soft contents such as clothing, children’s toys, linens, draperies, luggage, sporting goods, and camping equipment are damaged, we can often restore these items rather than send them to the landfill. The Esporta System removes contaminants, kills bacteria, and minimizes the impact on colorfastness and wear. Saving contents helps us all be environmentally conscious.

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy Canada Day!

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Happy Earth Day!

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At WINMAR we focus on sustainable practices year round with our ESPORTA wash system, ULTRASONIC cleaning system, ODELL electronic cleaning system and other specialized equipment. These state of the art tools keep content out of landfills.

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Building Resilience Into Our Community

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As we head into a heat wave under the smokey sky’s still reeling from the impact of our flood season, there is no denying we can feel the impact of climate change in our community.  It affects almost every aspect of our lives from agriculture and property to health and daily activities.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the tally for catastrophic insurable losses in the property and casualty insurance sector from January to May 2018 exceeded $800 million. It is new statistics such as these that remind us we need to stay informed and build resilience to these imminent changes. By understanding and preparing for climate impacts we can reduce the risk.

Stay informed, knowledge is power. Ensure you are properly covered. Understanding your homeowner policy and addressing any questions you may have with your insurance provider prior to a loss.  Integrate new seasonal practices into your routine to protect your property.  Build more resilient homes in our community. These are a few of the steps we can take to prevent costly damage to our properties while together we work towards building a resilient community.

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