Category: Safety

designated substance survey

Why Older Homes Need A Designated Substance Survey Before Renovating

Anyone who has lived through a renovation can attest to the amount of fine dust created during demolition.  In older homes, especially those built before 1980, there is a chance that dust may contain hazardous substances like asbestos, which can threaten the health of your family and the contractors who are working...

/ May 22, 2017

Flood Watch: What To Do When A Storm Hits

It’s been a very wet spring in Eastern Canada, especially over the past few days in early May. This has led to swollen lakes and rivers and with it, a heightened risk of flooded basements. In a special weather statement on May 2nd, Environment Canada stated, “With the ground already...

/ May 6, 2017

Ask The Experts: Asbestos In Your Home

When starting a new renovation there are three words you definitely do not want to hear: “We found asbestos.” While many of us know to be afraid of asbestos exposure, we may not know what having asbestos in our homes fully entails. We consulted with Robert Timm of Templar Mould...

/ May 1, 2017

Mould: Detection, Removal and Prevention

Mould (or mold in the US) can be an insidious intruder into your home. In a moist environment, it can develop gradually, often undetected, but with harmful effects to your health. We spoke to Gil Naparstak, owner of Alberta Restoration Specialists, to learn what to be on the lookout for...

/ May 1, 2017

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos was once a popular building material that is now avoided at all costs. Asbestos is a high risk material that has been linked to health issues and has been banned in many countries. While Canada is set to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018, it is still found...

/ April 27, 2017

Easy Home Security Tips

With March Break coming up, the security of your home is at an all-time high. Breaks ins are common around times when many families will be taking time off to enjoy sunnier destinations. Your home’s security should always be a top priority, so we’ve put together some easy tips to...

/ March 6, 2017

Home Security Systems

Many people buy home security systems to protect their valuables while they are out of the house, however, their first priority should be to protect their loved ones while inside the house. It’s important to protect your home while there or away, and knowing the right way to do so. We...

/ November 18, 2016

Hiring A Snow Removal Company? Here’s What You Need To Consider

It’s almost that magical time of year, and for some of us lucky Canadians, the snow is already flying! Skiers are waxing up the boards, kids are looking forward to snow days and homeowners are dreading the inevitable shovelling of the driveway and front walk. While city services make it...

/ October 24, 2016

Cottage And Cabin Closing Checklist

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. It’s that time of year again. Summer is wrapping up, and with the kids heading back to school, time to close up the cabin or cottage sometime soon and enjoy the lovely cool, fall weekends in the city. If you have a...

/ August 29, 2016
Good outdoor lighting can help deter thieves

15 Tips To Secure Your Home While Away On Vacation

Summer vacation is right around the corner… As the weather warms up and school comes to a close, we all look forward to spending time relaxing with family or travelling to a faraway, exotic location. While vacation time is the best time of the year for most people, it’s also...

/ June 29, 2016