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A groundwater flood occurs in the basement: Who pays for the carpet?

July 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A plumbing firm that failed to cap an old water pipe after helping renovate a basement is on the hook to reimburse the owner for a new carpet after the property suffered flooding. This is the result of a British

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Basement flood victims lose suit against previous owners

July 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia homeowners who tried to sue the people who sold them the home for water damage allegedly caused by hydrostatic pressure lost their case at the Civil Resolution Tribunal. Seth Nanayakkara, Julia Wells and Linda Adams bought took possession

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How basement flood risk could rise with pandemic-induced municipal funding crunch

June 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic could have an impact on public works projects aimed at reducing basement flooding, the head of an extreme weather risk think tank suggests. “When you are talking about how we are going to

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What’s new in 2020 with Intact Centre home flood risk assessment training

January 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Want to share basement flood horror stories with other brokers or home inspectors, and hear how industry peers tackled their problems? The Home Flood Risk Assessment Training Course, launched in 2018, now has discussion sessions, said Daniel Filippi, program manager

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Couple sued over basement flooding after selling fixer-upper

January 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Kelowna couple have been sued for $168,000 after a house they sold suffered basement flooding. In Brunning v. Cummings, released Jan. 13, Supreme Court of British Columbia Justice Gordon Weatherill awarded the damages to Cheri and Joel Brunning. The

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How this buried oil tank came back to haunt former homeowners

January 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are selling their home, should you ask whether prospective buyers want written assurance that any oil tanks are removed and the soil cleaned up? Scott Warren and Antonia Camille Fantillo sold their home in early 2016. They

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How brokers can stop a flooded basement

April 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

A recent study suggests brokers have a golden opportunity to talk to homeowners one-on-one about how to protect homes from basement floods. With the right information and often for less than $500, homeowners can protect themselves from the increasing risks

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How air conditioner installer got dragged into basement flood

March 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Moisture that an air conditioner collects could damage your client’s home if it doesn’t drain properly, but the client cannot necessarily blame the air conditioner installer for a flood. Basement flood victim Samuel Sieb took Gandy Installations Ltd. to British

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Online basement flood course coming soon

January 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An online version of the Home Flood Risk Assessment Training will be available Canada-wide this March, Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, said in a recent interview. The course is geared towards insurance brokers, home inspectors,

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Insurers subsidize Toronto basement flood pilot

July 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A pilot program aimed at getting homeowners to reduce basement flood risk is getting a subsidy from the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation. The Toronto Home Resilience Program, which involves 200 homeowners, aims “help home

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Neighbours’ spat over flooding, catch-basin access leads to $100,000 court award

July 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The owner of a property with a non-functioning catch-basin has to pay her neighbour more than $100,000 because flooding prevented the neighbour from renting apartments, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled last week. Terrence and Matilda Berg own a

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An overlooked consequence of basement flooding

June 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your home insurance client is an entrepreneur, consider what happens to that client’s business if his or her home basement gets flooded. A case in point is Laila and Zafar Ismaili, a married couple who own Enviro Digital Printing