The Square One Blog

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Is Flooding Becoming More Frequent in Canada?

The biblical tale of Noah and the flood is becoming more relevant than ever in Canada, according to recent climate studies. Given that global warming is becoming widespread, the weather’s vagaries will bring more flooding our way. However, given proper planning and remedial measures, it... [...]

What To Do After a Flood?

Water is the essence of life; we couldn’t survive without it. It’s crucial to keeping the body running well, and we depend on it for all kinds of other reasons: staying clean and preventing the spread of germs; and our homes and our food, to... [...]

Is My Home In A Flood Zone?

Home In A Flood Zone
In 2009, the United States Global Research Program determined that the average precipitation in the U.S. has increased approximately five percent the past 50 years, which leads to increased danger of floods. Changes in land use also contribute to potential for flooding; as an area... [...]

Flooded Basement 101

Lucky Noah. When the floods came, he was cozily floating on his ark, a specially constructed, watertight home. The rest of us aren’t necessarily as lucky. When torrential rains arrive or when snow from a brutal winter melts, our homes are at risk of flooding.... [...]

The Best Way To Organize and Store Your Digital Photos

When you ask people what “things” they would rescue from their burning house, one of the most frequent answers is their photo album or a computer with their digital images. It’s no surprise that the pictures we take in our life are reminders of what... [...]

Hosting a Safe Super Bowl Party

If you’re looking at the holiday season in the rearview and feeling more like cocooning than socializing, there’s nothing like a Super Bowl party to lighten your winter blues. The Super Bowl is one of North America’s most-watched sporting events, and it provides a wonderful... [...]

Snowbird Home Insurance Tips

Canada is a nation on the move. Once the snow starts to fly and the cold settles in across most of the country, thousands of Canadians pack their suitcases and head to the southern United States for an extended stay. Snowbirds, as they’re called, are... [...]

The Perfect Time to Update Your Home Inventory List

The holidays are over. The excitement and stress of baking, cooking, shopping and attending an ongoing round of parties will is behind you for another year. All of a sudden, life is quieter and you have some free time on your hands. Before you get... [...]

Winter Home Dangers in Canada

Winter Home Dangers
Winter is the season that helps to define Canada. Our ability to withstand the frigid weather, accompanied by ice and snow, has contributed to the national character, moulding us into hardy, resilient individuals, while our capacity for making the most of the cold has brought... [...]

Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter
Canadians embrace winter. We play hockey, go skiing, curl and play in the snow with abandon. The season conjures up images of frozen ponds, evergreens dusted with white frosting and cups of hot cocoa before a roaring fire. Luckily, the cold remains outdoors, while we... [...]
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