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Wishing everyone a safe and happy Canada Day!

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Reopening Canada Guidelines

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Happy Earth Day!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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.

Restore vs Replace!

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.

For further information on 20 best practices for mitigating damage caused by flooding in new residential communities visit; https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/infrastructure/2018/07/quick-uptake-communities-flood-mitigation-report

Boaters Beware

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Okanagan Lake has reached “full pool” and is predicted to reach levels similar to last season.

“Full pool” is the target set by the provincial government to ensure there is enough water supply through the summer.

If you experienced flooding last year take extra precautions to protect you property and call Winmar at the first signs of flooding.

Currently boat launches throughout Okanagan Lake remain open, but boaters are being warned about the high lake levels and to watch for floating debris.

Prepare Your Home For Spring Run-Off

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If your home is in a location where seasonal flooding may occur, you need to know how to prepare your home to resist or survive flooding. Flooding can occur in a number of ways.

Sub-surface water leaks

These occur when groundwater levels rise enough to enter the house through cracks or openings in foundations, basement slabs, or sumps and foundation drainage systems. You can prepare for this degree of basement flooding by raising the furnace, water heater, appliances, and storage items an adequate distance above the floor using waterproof blocking.

Spring run-off and minor surface flooding

During spring run-off or surface water flooding events, the amount of water in foundation drainage systems increases the demand on the sump pump system.

Check the ejection pipe, sump, and sump pump to be sure that they are functioning properly.

If prolonged flooding or a power outage is possible, consider keeping a spare sump pump and a gas powered electric generator available. Store generator fuel safely and operate the generator in a safe location where exhaust fumes cannot enter the home.

Sewer back-ups

These can occur even if the blockage or flooding is some distance from your home.

To protect your home, consider having a valve or one-way check valve installed where the sewer main leaves the house. A plumbing professional can help you determine the best method and location. If you do not have a valve installed to block the sewer main, temporary compression plugs can be inserted in floor drains and plumbing drain openings.

Remember that a sewer system blockage could force water higher up in the home’s drainage system than expected.

Major surface flooding

When streams and rivers overflow their banks, major surface floods present the greatest threat of structural damage to the home.

If the home is outside of areas protected by dikes, and the foundation has been strengthened or braced and sealed sufficiently to withstand the external water pressure, it may be possible to keep the basement dry using gas powered pumps. If the basement has not been reinforced and is incapable of withstanding the force of floodwaters, allowing the basement to fill with water may protect the foundation from structural damage by keeping the pressure similar on both sides of the foundation walls and floor.

If there is still time before the flooding, move stored items, furniture, and appliances to a safe upper level of the home or to a safe location outside the flood zone.

Before the home is flooded, shut off the water, gas, and electricity. After flooding clean-up and repairs, your utility company may require that service be restored only by trained utility representatives.

Five steps to prepare your family for floods

  1. Review your insurance coverage before disaster strikes
  2. Inventory your household property using List it or lose it: The case for household and property inventory
  3. Protect your important financial documents using Make a Grab and Go File for Emergencies
  4. Make a plan to protect your family and pets
  5. Start an emergency fund before disaster strikes

Daylight Saving Time!

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR.

Daylight saving time 2018 will begin at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead.

Preparing Your Family And Home For Extreme Okanagan Winter Conditions

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  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.
  • Locate and know how to shut off water supply.
  • Check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow or water. Check drains are clear of debree.
  • Have the following heat sources in case the power goes out: Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
  • Prepare your vehicle: Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Stock up on rock salt, sand or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on driveways and walkways.
  • DON’T FORGET your 4 legged family members, plan to bring pets inside.

Stay safe and warm. From the WINMAR Family!

Preparing Your Family And Home For Snowstorms And Extreme Cold

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  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.
  • Locate and know how to shut off the water supply.
  • Check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow or water. Check drains are clear of debris.
  • Have the following heat sources in case the power goes out: Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
  • Prepare your vehicle: Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Stock up on rock salt, sand or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on driveways and walkways.
  • DON’T FORGET your 4 legged family members! Plan to bring pets inside.

Stay safe and warm, from the WINMAR Family!

Preparing Your Home For A Flood

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Preparing ourselves for extreme weather is a topic on all of our minds these days. This including storms that bring heavy rainfall. Bodies of water and over-saturated ground can’t always handle the showers that come our way, and suddenly you find your home or business falling victim to a flood.

Luckily, we can often tell when heavy rainfall is coming our way, and a little bit of preparation can make all the difference!

Elevate

There are certain items and critical utilities you should elevate, including appliances, heating systems, electrical panels, valuable personal items, and important documents. If you can, removing these items from your basement will usually do the trick. Ensure that items left in your basement are moved away from windows, as they could potentially let water in.

Test Your Sump Pump

Make sure your sump pump is operating correctly – test it a few times. Having a battery case for your sump pump will make sure it continues to do it’s job if the power goes out.

Clear Debris

Cleaning out your gutters prior to heavy rain will keep your potential flooding to a minimum, as the water will be able to drain properly and away from your home/business.

Pack an Emergency Bag

Put your family’s phone chargers, dry clothes, identification, and other important items in large Ziplock or plastic bags, and pack them all together. If you need to leave your home for whatever reason, you’ll be thankful to have this stuff ready to go!

Bonus:

Have your local WINMAR® KELOWNA on speed dial! We’re always ready to help with water remediation and getting your home back to pre-loss condition.

24/7 we are a phone call away 250-862-3500

“Coming Through for You”

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