Protect Your Home While on Winter Vacation

Its cold out there and the idea of heading to warmer climates appeals to many. Whether you book a trip to the sunny south or a weekend away skiing, please remember to protect your home. It’s no different than buying sunscreen to protect your skin. The following are some tips to keep in mind before […]

Geothermal Unit Check-in

Geothermal heating and cooling units have become a popular option for homes and businesses in our area. A move to less reliance on fossil fuels and increased efficiency, coupled with government grants have driven the growth. Geothermal units use the relatively constant temperatures of 6 to 11 degrees Celsius in the soil below the frost […]

Ice Dams

‘Ice dam’ – When you see those words, do you think of ice causing problems for the flow of water in a river?  You’re right about the river, but an ice dam is also a build-up of ice that forms at the edge of a roof. It prevents melting snow (water) from escaping off the […]

Be On Your Best Parking Lot Behaviour!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here. With the number of days to finish Christmas shopping being less everyday, we may not see the joy of the season in shopping mall parking lots. They can be a hotbed for auto accidents this time of year. And unfortunately, the Grinch could be hiding […]

Let’s Talk About Shingles…

No, not the virus that causes painful skin rashes, but the kind that protect our homes; roof shingles. They have been a bit of a problem lately as our claims team has received some reports about wind damage to shingles and water damage resulting from leaks through shingles. The biggest cause of roof and shingle […]

Broomsticks or Stick Shifts: Stay Safe This Halloween

Whether you’re driving a broomstick or a stick shift (or automatic 🙂 ) this Halloween, we hope all ghosts, witches and princesses arrive home safely to sort, trade and eat their candy.  Following some of many simple safety tips should help everyone to enjoy their night. For broomstick drivers: Costumes should be light coloured and […]

Fall Car Care Tips

From an insurance company’s point of view, any time is a great time to talk about car safety and maintenance; especially if it involves prepping your vehicle for safe winter driving. The Automotive Industries Association of Canada has designated October as ‘Be Car Care Aware” month to remind Canadians to think about getting our vehicles […]

Fire Prevention Week 2017

The second week in October brings us to Fire Prevention Week. This year the theme from the Ontario Fire Marshal is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” The goal of this year’s theme is to urge families to be proactive and practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week. The […]

Combine Fire Prevention

Leaves have started to change, crops are drying down and Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and the International Plowing Match are memories for another year. These are sure signs harvest is around the corner if you’ve not already started. Almost every year, the South Easthope Mutual claims team sees a combine fire. They usually result in […]

7 Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding

The one in 100 year storms that drop copious amounts of water in a short period of time seem to be happening much more often. They  wreak havoc for homeowners. The sudden deluges of water are flooding basements and cause expensive damage. The South Easthope Mutual claims team has offered some tips to help avoid […]