Mar 5, 2021 Water & Sewer Line Coverage – What You Should Know About the City of Ottawa Offer?

Residents of Ottawa are receiving notices from the city about their new partnership with a company offering an ‘affordable repair plan’ for homeowner’s water and sewer service lines. Our brokers are receiving many inquiries from customers asking for help understanding how their home insurance might provide the coverage. Let’s see if we can help shed some light for you. What is this about? As the infrastructure within the city of Ottawa ages, so do the lines and pipes that run to your home. The city is rightfully notifying residents of the potential exposure that would occur from a break or leak. The City of Ottawa has partnered with a company, called Service Lines Warranties of Canada (SLWC), a US based company and, from what…

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Sep 17, 2019 Sump Pump 101

When it comes to preventing flooding in your home, sump pumps are among the most valuable tools at your disposal, especially during heavy rainfalls or snowmelt season. Learn how sump pumps work and how you can keep yours flowing smoothly all year long.

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May 19, 2017 When It Rains, It Pours

Once it starts to rain, and the water is starting to accumulate and seep into your house, it’s a little too late to start thinking about water protection options. And with unpredictable weather becoming more frequent, the possibility of unpredictable damages and costs to your home comes with it. As a consumer it’s important to know what exactly water coverage is and what it does. Up until recently, most water coverage policies only covered in home water damage like burst pipes or sewer backups. However, with weather becoming more extreme due to climate change, aging buildings and continued urbanization, insurance companies now have to adapt. Which is where Overland Water Protection comes in. Aviva, Intact, Novex and RSA Insurance have all recently come out…

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May 9, 2017 What to Do If You Have Been Affected by Flooding in Ottawa and the Surrounding Areas

updated Apr 26, 2019 Flooding – What do I do? If your property is at risk call 3-1-1. If it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1. In a situation where residents in low-lying areas along the Ottawa River receive notification of, or see potential flooding, flood damage can be reduced by taking these preventative steps: Move valuables and important documents out of the basement Ensure sump pumps and foundation drains are connected and functioning properly Ensure downspouts or water run-off are flowing to water drainage systems If you live in or near a flooded area, your well water could be contaminated by surface flood water If you think flood water has infiltrated your well or septic tiles, don’t use tap water or the…

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Feb 26, 2016 Spring Thaw

Spring is on the way, protect your home during the thaw! Do you feel the temperature rising? Do you hear the birds chirping? Are you starting to see more sunlight? Don’t be fooled ─ despite it being well below 0 degrees, spring is right around the corner! Here are some tips to help your home once the thaw begins! 1. Make sure that all water is running away from the home and not towards it Shovel trenches or paths that run away from the home Make sure all downspouts and eaves troughs are pointing away from the dwelling Remove ice or snow blockage from the bottom of the downspouts to make sure they are operating properly 2. If you have a basement that does flood,…

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