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Severe storms occur throughout the year in Canada. The resulting property damage can also be severe – fallen trees, shorn roof tops, broken windows, damage by flying debris. Exposed areas of a building allow rain to enter, causing water damage and risk of rapid mould growth. Where gas and electrical lines are damaged, fires may result. Extreme winds can flatten entire buildings.
Whether you’re a commercial property owner, property manager or homeowner, it’s important to know what to expect, and when, so that you can take steps to protect your property:
- Hurricanes – Canada’s hurricane season spans June to November. In recent years, the southern and eastern coasts of North America have seen more hurricane activity and the effects have extended to non-coastal communities as well. Winds can exceed 250 km/hour and rainfall can amount to 25–50 mm/hr. Hurricanes frequently cause high waves and storm surges, and may even spawn tornadoes.
- Tornadoes – Peak tornado season in Canada lasts from June through August. Tornadoes can produce some of the highest wind speeds on Earth. Most Canadian tornadoes max out at 180 km/hour, enough to cause devastating property damage.
- High Winds – Firefighting efforts often cause water damage, creating risk of mould.
How We Can Help
If your home or business has been damaged by a storm, it is important to act quickly and seek professional restoration help. Time is always of the essence to address both immediate and secondary damage, and to manage cost and speed of the restoration process.
We work together with you and your insurance company to restore your property to its previous condition:
- Assessing damage to structural aspects of a building – roofs, walls, ceilings, floors – and completing full restoring or rebuilding.
- Installing drying and dehumidification equipment in cases of water damage; equipment remains in place until the area has been dried/dehumidified to industry standards, verified through daily moisture and humidity readings.
- Inspecting for and repairing any electrical damage.
- Uncovering hidden pockets of moisture within insulation and wall cavities using thermal imaging cameras to prevent growth of mould.
- Restoring all salvageable contents, including furniture, damaged electronics and documents on hard drives.
Our dedicated resources and state-of-the-art equipment are stationed across Canada to serve at a moment’s notice. We are available to respond to emergency calls 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.
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