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Insurance Recommendations

A major Canadian insurance company has this advice for those who are planning to be away for more than 7 consecutive days:

“During this winter, you need to take certain precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing and ensure your home is covered for water damage. If you plan to be away for more than 7 days, you should:

  • Have someone check your home every couple of days to ensure it’s properly heated.
  • Turn off and completely drain all water from your plumbing system.

Yo reduce your chance of break-in:

  • Make the house look like it’s being lived in by using timers to automatically turn lights on and off.
  • Have someone pick up the mail and check the house
  • stop your newspaper subscription
  • Make arrangements to have your snow shoveled or grass cut


Flooded Basement during the Winter. The Horror.

Here's a scene you would never want to experience.  In this case the homeowner couldn't even pump out the water because the furnace was flooded and inoperable. High efficiency furnaces have a sensor on the outside exhaust pipe that will shut down the furnace if the...

Keep your home safe the SMART way

While you're away, do you sometimes suffer the nagging feeling that something isn't quite right back home?  New "smart" home devices can help you stay current on everything from household temperatures, sump pump activity, air quality or home deliveries. Here's a few...

How Long Does a Hot Water Heater Last?

Two appliances that are the most common problem for homeowners who are away for an extended period of time are the furnace and the hot water tank.  They both seem to cause problems during the most inconvenient time.  Let's deal with the hot water tank first. It's good...

Testimonials are Satisfying

I never ask for testimonials, but when they are recieved unsolicited, it certainly is satisfying.  We  try to treat our client's homes like it was our own.  The trust people put into our hands is acknowledged and we want to ensure their time away from home is...

Furnace Issues in Extreme Cold

Most homeowners have upgraded their furnaces to high efficiency models.  These typically come with an exhaust exit pipe at the side of the house. During winter with an abundance of snow and very cold temperatures, this exhaust pipe can be buried in snow or severly...

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