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How do Professional Services Reduce Flood Impact?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage in Mississauga Could Permanently Harm your Home without Professional Intervention.

Mississauga is located in the Canadian province of Ontario. The city, which is built on Lake Ontario's shores, has seen steady growth throughout the twentieth century due to its close geographical positioning to Toronto. The city is well-known for its cultural diversity but also as a thriving commercial district. Mississauga was initially a region of several smaller villages and hamlets in the Toronto outskirts. The area was not officially incorporated as a city until the 1970s when the burgeoning population of 722,599 residents saw it become a city within its own rights outside of Toronto. Visitors to Canada frequently fly in through Mississauga's neighbourhoods, Malton, home to the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The city is comprised of 22 neighbourhoods, which together house over 60 Fortune 500 companies, giving the region a strong business reputation. Most of the city's economy is driven by the banking and insurance sector and tech giants Hewlett-Packard.

A City Rich in Culture

Culturally, the city plays host to numerous festivals throughout the year. One of the largest celebrations is Carassauga, which celebrates cultures from all over the world. Each year around 300,000 people attend the Carassauga festival. In addition to this festival, several smaller festivals celebrate the city's unique cultural diversity, with celebrations for Filipino, Vietnamese and Muslim residents among the most prominent. In terms of entertainment, Mississauga is well-known for its Jazz, with several venues performing live music.

  • Celebration Square is at the centre of Mississauga and hosts ice skating events to live music performances throughout the year. One of the main events is Canada Day, while the annual tree lighting ceremony attracts thousands.
  • Shopping districts in Mississauga are among the largest in Canada, with the Square One shopping centre hosting over 350 retailers. There are also large shopping centres, including the Erin Mills Town Centre.
  • For sports, the Paramount Fine Foods Centre is the largest arena in Mississauga. The stadium hosts junior teams like the Raptors and the Mississauga Steelheads, which play in the Ontario Hockey League.

Repair and Protect your Mississauga Home after Flooding

SERVPRO of North Mississauga can help to restore your home after a storm-related flooding incident. Our technicians are experts at identifying and mitigating potential losses from severe water intrusion. We are available twenty-four-hours a day.

The impact of flood damage to your Mississauga home can be manifold. Our technicians perform professional scoping to ensure your home's structural integrity before moving out contents and performing repairs. We can board-up broken entranceways and quickly remove large bodies of water to mitigate permanent losses.

  • Preparing a property could include installing temporary lighting or power to a flooded property.
  • Our industrial water extraction equipment can remove water quickly and efficiently.
  • SERVPRO uses complete drying techniques to guard against expensive secondary damages.

Mitigate losses in your home using professional restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga for expert flood damage restoration at (905) 238-7376.

Mississauga Homeowners Participate in Educational Workshops

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician hard at work Fire restoration is no joke especially when it comes to your home. Call SERVPRO for the restoration services needed no matter how bad the fire was.

Personal Finance Literacy Aids Mississauga Residents in Overcoming Fiscal Challenges

Financial Hub on Brittania Road in Mississauga hosts a free, online Personal Finance Literacy Workshop on January 20, 2021, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. During these trying times, some guidance from a fresh perspective can help residents find creative and reliable solutions to meet their monetary needs.

This event focuses on several important building blocks for establishing and maintaining your finances, including:

  • Managing debts and increasing personal cash flow
  • Accumulating assets and how to protect them
  • Planning for retirement and preserving personal wealth

The Personal Finance Literacy Workshop has several dates available through February 3. Potential attendees must RSVP before the online workshop goes live to attend. Individuals of all levels of financial literacy are welcome. However, this course is geared more toward those who are new to the ideas presented in this workshop.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga responds quickly to fire damage in Mississauga homes. Call (905) 238-7376 to return your home to a preloss state.

Make New Friends While Earning Volunteer Hours in Mississauga

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Green service vehicle on job site. Homes affected by flood damage will need the correct restoration services. Call SERVPRO their IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced.

Mississauga’s New Youth Council Encourages Creativity and Community Service

The Museums of Mississauga’s New Youth Council is accepting new members. Students looking for fun ways to earn volunteer hours and make new friends are encouraged to sign up. This group recruits local youth ages 15 to 21 for meetings every Thursday from September through June. Meet times are 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

Opportunities available through the New Youth Council include:

  • Going on field trips and participating in community service projects
  • Learn about the rich local history of Mississauga
  • Host and plan activities for the Museums as well as the Small Arms Inspection Building

Students can work together to create artistic marvels and other creative final projects that push contemporary art ever forward during their tenure. The next meeting is Thursday, January 14.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga preserves homes affected by flood damage in Mississauga at any time of the day or night. Call (905) 238-7376 for emergency mitigation and restoration services.

Protecting Mississauga Properties from Mould, Water Damage, and Property Loss

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of North Mississauga Ensures That Local Businesses Look “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Mississauga is a sprawling community near Toronto with a booming business district that has accelerated its growth considerably. This city is also home to the busiest airport in Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport. The name Mississauga originates from Anishinaabe “Misi-zaagiing,” which translates roughly to “[Those at the] Great River-Mouth.” It is closely associated with Ojibwe “Misswezahging,” or “a river with many outlets.”

Before Europeans began to settle the area in the 17th century, the Mississauga region was home to several First Nations tribes that primarily spoke Algonquian and Iroquoian. The Credit River Valley was the most populated by indigenous peoples. Many of them traded with the French, including the Algonquian Mississauga tribe. By the beginning of the 18th century, however, the Mississaugas were driven out of the valley by the Iroquois.

Like many other cities in the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is not a centralized urban metropolis. It is a diverse confederacy of towns and neighborhoods. They eventually coalesced into a city with a unique identity of its own after the formation of Toronto Township in the early 19th century, which initially included most modern-day Mississauga.

Today, this diverse gem of Ontario sports a population of over 720,000 as of 2016. These figures make it the second-largest city in Greater Toronto, third in Ontario, and sixth in Canada overall.

Notable Saugans include such names as:

  • Hockey player John Tavares
  • Actor Dameon Clarke
  • Instagram influencer Maddie Orlando
  • Novelist Mona Awad
  • Photographer Jason Pagaduan

The Mississauga Tribe: Then and Now

Much of the Anishinaabe moved from Niagara Falls to Michigan, particularly along Lake Erie and southern Michigan. The tribal histories considered them “lost.” Others, like the Mississaugas, moved along the Credit River to what is now Georgian Bay.

The Mississauga petitioned the Michigan Anishinaabe to return to a “good path.” The other tribe responded by migrating from the Detroit area to Manitoulin Island after forming the Council of Three Fires. The Anishinaabe and Mississaugas maintained a presence on the island and along the Mississagi River for centuries. The Anishinaabe were so populous that, by the mid-1600s, their language became the indigenous lingua franca, surpassing the Great Lakes Wendat’s Wyandot language.

In the late eighteenth century, near the end of the American Revolution, Britain purchased Mississauga lands in a compact known today as the Haldimand Deed. This agreement detailed the gifting of the land promised to the Haudenosaunee tribe. However, the British Crown and Canada instead made land grants to white settlers, namely British Loyalists. The Haudenosaunee would instead gift land to the Mississaugas so they could become the Mississaugas of the Credit. The Canadian government would eventually pay reparations to the tribe in a $145 million settlement.

The Mississauga people today are a subset of the Ojibwe nation, who now number over 200,000 total. Six First Nations and numerous reserves comprise the Mississaugas today and include:

  • Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Curve Lake First Nation
  • Hiawatha First Nation
  • Mississauga First Nation
  • Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation
  • Alderville First Nation

Sports and Recreation in Mississauga

Sports, particularly hockey, are a crucial part of today’s Mississauga makeup, and the city is home to a plethora of teams.

Local hockey teams and leagues include:

  • The Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League’s Mississauga Chargers
  • The Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Mississauga Chiefs
  • The Greater Toronto Hockey League
  • Mississauga Girls Hockey League
  • Mississauga Hockey League

Hockey teams in the city play at over 13 arenas, with the Paramount Fine Foods Centre primary among them. This arena, formerly known as the Hershey Centre, is the primary venue for junior hockey league teams like the Mississauga Steelheads and the Raptors 905. The original team, the Paramount Centre, was built for the Mississauga IceDogs, has since been renamed the Niagara IceDogs after moving to St. Catharines. Other former home teams of the Paramount Fine Foods Centre include the indoor soccer team Mississauga MetroStars and the National Basketball League of Canada’s Mississauga Power.

Other sports with active Mississauga teams include box lacrosse, roller hockey, Canadian football, and cricket. Sporting clubs in the city accommodate activities like figure skating, synchronized swimming, and soccer. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore almost 500 wooded parks and nature preserves, including over 100 kilometers of hiking trails.

What Tools Does SERVPRO Use for Commercial Water Damage Detection?

When businesses are hit by commercial water damage, Mississauga entrepreneurs can count on SERVPRO to respond within the first 24 hours after the initial contact. Response times are often as short as four to five hours. After consulting with owners and insurance adjusters about damage on the property, technicians must assess the damage with industrial-grade moisture measurement tools calibrated to measure moisture content for various surfaces accurately.

Initial readings are crucial for establishing drying goals and finding water damage hidden behind walls, ceilings, and floors. Tools utilized include:

  • Moisture sensors, which are built to detect moisture carpeting and the pad underneath. This process aids technicians in determining whether your business’s subfloors are saturated as well. However, moisture sensors cannot measure the amount of damage present, only whether it is there or not.
  • Moisture meters come in penetrating and non-penetrating varieties and are calibrated for such surfaces as wood and drywall. Penetrating meters determine moisture content using insulated conductive probes, while non-penetrating meters can rely on capacitance, radio frequencies, or conductivity for this task.
  • Thermo-hygrometers are essential for comparing relative humidity and temperature in affected and unaffected spaces on your commercial property. They are also critical for ensuring that air from dehumidifiers and ventilation reaches appropriate temperatures and moisture content to keep your business dry.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga responds Faster To Any Size Disaster to commercial disasters when business owners call (905) 238-7376.

Boost Your Energy With A Winter Ready Workshop In Malton

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Feel Good This Festive Season With Help From Nature In Malton

Winter is the time for colds and sniffles, especially in a chilly place like Malton. Why not give your system a boost with a free Winter Ready workshop in nearby Mississauga? You will learn:

  • The basics of essential oils and how they work.
  • The top ten essential oils to keep on hand.
  • How to use essential oils in your home this winter.

Throughout the class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from an essential oil expert. This is a relaxed and friendly class which is suitable for beginners.

The class takes place at Studio 89 on Friday, December 11, and starts at 7 PM. Bring along a friend and receive a free gift!

With the damp, cold winter weather on the way, it is more important than ever to guard against mould in your home. If you notice signs of fungus, do not worry. Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376 for a friendly mould remediation service.

Enjoy Modern and Historic Delights In The Vibrant City Of Mississauga

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Mississauga Has A Long History and Plenty Of Modern Amenities

Mississauga enjoys a beautiful location close to Toronto and on the shore of magnificent Lake Ontario. Mississauga is a fascinating city with a multicultural popular, and thriving business district. At the last census, it had a population of 721,599.

Being so close to Toronto makes Mississauga popular as a commuter town – and it has a lot to offer residents and visitors in its own right. Mississauga's multicultural vibe makes sense when you consider that, historically, the city was always composed of different communities.

A City Of Many Villages

In 1805, officials from York (that is now called Toronto) purchased 84,000 acres of land from the Mississaugas (the native people of the area.) That parcel of land became Toronto Township, which despite its name, is not part of Toronto.

Mississauga continued to grow throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many villages sprung up in the area, which was mostly agricultural. There were many fruit orchards in the area, plus a handful of brickworks and grist mills. This collection of villages officially became a town in 1968. Prior to becoming a town, there was a public consultation on the new town's name, with officially eventually choosing "Mississauga" over "Sheridan."

Mississauga is unusual in consisting of so many villages joined together under one name. Today, this history can be seen in the number of vibrant and different communities that make up the city. These include:

  • Erin Mills, a large, suburban district that was precisely planned out as a new town and incorporates suburban living and a thriving business community.
  • Churchill Meadows, a modern and cosmopolitan community with a striking visual character, thanks to the classic touches the architects added to the contemporary homes.
  • Port Credit sits on Lake Ontario's shores and includes a heritage district with strong ties to its past. There was a trading post on the site in the late eighteenth century, and the area has been occupied ever since.
  • Malton was built on a historic settlement site and is now a modern working-class neighbourhood with strong ties to the aviation industry and a strong sports community.
  • Clarkson is a middle and upper-class district with historic buildings and museums that link it to its more industrial past. Clarkson started as a small settlement based around its post office (which was operated by members of the Clarkson family for 45 years) and is now a lively community.

 Enjoy Shopping In Mississauga

Historic Mississauga also enjoys many modern amenities. The city is an excellent destination for those who love to shop, thanks to its range of malls, including:

  • Square One Shopping Centre, which is the largest mall in Ontario and the second-largest in all of Canada. The centre boasts over 360 units and welcomes 24 million visitors yearly. 
  • Erin Mills Town Centre is the second largest mall in Mississauga and is conveniently served by several road links and a bus station located behind the centre. It is also famous as a filming location for several movies, including Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and even a game show (Instant Cash.)
  • Dixie Outlet Mall is the largest enclosed outlet mall in Canada and contains many brand names such as Guess, Levis, Calvin Klein, and Nike.

A Derailed Train Gives Mississauga An Explosive History

Mississauga has not been without potential disasters. In 1979, a 106-car train derailed while carrying explosives and chemicals such as caustic soda, propane, and chlorine. The tragedy happened because an incorrectly lubricated bearing on one of the wheels heated up. At first, the friction caused sparks and smoke, and then it drove an axle and a pair of wheels to fall off entirely.

The damaged undercarriage derailed the train, and several propane tanks exploded, causing a knock-on effect that ruptured several other tanks filled with dangerous materials. The resulting explosion was so powerful that it could be seen from 60 miles away and sent a fireball 5,000 ft into the air.

Thanks to some quick thinking and a suggestion from his father-in-law (who happened to be the train engineer), the brakeman was able to shut an air brake angle spigot. This let him detach some of the cars and move the front part of the train down the line and away from danger.

Although firefighters were able to cool the tanks, there was a release of chlorine into the air. Concerned for residents' safety, officials ordered 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. The Mississauga evacuation was the largest in peace-time North American until Hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath, officials decreed that any train carrying hazardous chemicals through populated areas in North America must be fitted with a hotbox detector to detect rising heat.

The Mississauga derailment is also known as the Mississauga miracle because, despite the 5000 ft fireball and dangerous chemicals, no lives were lost.

SERVPRO Knows How To Handle Fire and Smoke Cleanup

The people who were evacuated during the Mississauga derailment were most likely worried about their homes catching fire. Thankfully train derailments are rare, but there are still several things that can cause a fire in the house:

  • Open flames such as hearth fires, candles, and oil burners.
  • Accidents in the kitchen, such as cooking fires or oil spills.
  • Incorrect wiring or damaged appliance leads.
  • A faulty heater or a heater being covered up.

In the event of a fire, SERVPRO is here to help. We aim to restore your home to its pre-fire condition, leaving it, "Like it never even happened." We train our technicians to handle smoke and soot cleanup.

Because we focus on cleaning rather than replacing items, calling us means giving your belongings the best chance of rescue. We can clean soot from furniture, keepsakes, clothes, linen, drapes, and toys. We know that lingering smoke smells are a problem after a fire, so we also take care of deodorization to leave your home fresh.

Do not despair if a fire strikes your home. SERVPRO of North Mississauga will take care of every aspect of fire and smoke cleanup. Call us at (905) 238-7376.

Enjoy Some Holiday Happenings In Mississauga This December

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Two people walking down a road. This December go enjoy the fun at Erin Mills Town Centre Mall. Or enjoy the festivities online.

Drop By Erin Mills Centre In Mississauga For Festive Cheer

Erin Mills Town Centre Mall is getting in the holiday spirit this December with festive fun for all the family. Kids will love:

  • Sharing their wish list with Santa and having their photo taken.
  • Donating a gift to the Toys for Tots campaign to spread some seasonal cheer.
  • Getting their very own take-home gift wrapping kit for some crafty fun.

If you would rather stay warm at home, there are pet photos and stories with Santa available online.

Open every day until the end of the year apart from Christmas day. Photos with Santa require registration, and different photo packages are available.

You will need to wrap up warm to go out in the winter weather. It is also a good idea to prepare your home for winter to help prevent the need for storm damage cleanup. Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376 for help and advice.

The Mississauga Area Seasons Christmas Show

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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The Seasons Christmas Show is Coming to the International Centre in Mississauga, ON

There is a lot of fun things to do and shop for when the holiday season rolls around. If you are on the look out for great Christmas décor and other wares, you will find a broad range of options from about 300 exhibitors when browsing around at the Seasons Christmas Show. This massive event takes place at the International Centre, where you will find everything from handmade gifts and stocking stuffers to local artisan foods, crafts, and so much more. As a great event for the entire family, this is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in the season's offerings while supporting a lot of your local vendors.

  • Dates: November 20 through November 22, 2020
  • Times: 10 am to 8 pm on November 20, and 10 am to 6 pm on November 21
  • Location: The International Centre, Hall 5 Entrance, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON

SERVPRO of North Mississauga is a proud supporter of all local businesses, vendors, and seasonal events. Why call us for water removal if you have an issue inside your home? We have industrial-grade equipment and proven methods to ensure your home gets restored to preloss condition! Call our office 24/7 at (905) 238-7376 to enlist our skilled technicians' help.

Mississauga & Area Women in Business Meetups Scheduled for November 18th

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

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The Meadowvale Community Centre Plays Host to the Latest MAWB Meetup for Upscaling your Business

Small business owners of the Mississauga area can come together to discuss ideas, learn about social media marketing, and receive specific, technical assistance in running their business. The MAWB group is run by Christine Hull & Associates, who offers business and management consultancy to young, independent local area companies. 

The Meadowvale Community Centre is located at Glen Erin Drive and plays host to this meetup between 9 am and 12 pm on November 18th. Expert advice and guidance can help your business to reach its full potential. 

  • This activity is a ticketed event. You can purchase the tickets ahead of time by visiting their website. 
  • Bring your business plan, portfolio, or marketing strategy for analysis from experts in the field.
  • Learn how to expand your business by leveraging social media marketing tools like Instagram, Facebook, and Mailchimp.  

Properties close to the coast are more likely to have moisture problems, leading to mould growth. Contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376.

Are Medications Safe to Use after Flood Extraction?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Mississauga Residents Concerned about the Safety of Medication after Flood Extraction

Residents of Mississauga are no strangers to the damage a storm can cause. Last year, emergency services had to rescue three people who had become trapped in their cars during street flooding in the North end of the city. In that case, a combination of poor drainage due to road works and some very heavy rain created a drainage problem and a subsequent flood. But even without road works, the area is prone to flooding due to storms and heavy rain.

There are many worrying things to consider after a disaster. One such concern is medication safety - many residents take regular medication prescribed by their doctor. Some medicines are life-preserving, while others control certain conditions or relieve pain. Customers often ask SERVPRO if it is safe to take their medication after flood extraction in their Mississauga homes. The answer depends on whether or not the floodwater contaminated the medicine.

How do you know whether it is safe to take medication after flood extraction?

You must be very careful with medications after a flood:

  • If medications in their original packaging (such as screw-top caps or snap lids) come into contact with floodwater, discard them
  • If medications are stored in other containers and come into contact with floodwater, discard them
  • If life saving medications appear completely dry and undamaged, you may use them if you must until you can procure a replacement
  • Drugs that need to be mixed with water before use are safe only if they are uncontaminated, and if you mix them with purified or bottled water
  • You must replace temperature-sensitive drugs such as insulin as soon as possible

Is there a way to keep medication safe during a flood?

You can keep medications in water-tight containers to stop them from becoming contaminated in the event of a flood. Store medicines on an upper storey of the house if possible.

You can also take precautions to reduce the risk of missing a dose, and to make it easier to procure replacements:

  • Keep a list of who in the house takes regular medication, what they take, and the dose
  • Keep an inventory of how much medicine each person has on hand
  • If you know a flood is coming, try to obtain early refills

How does SERVPRO extract floodwater?

Thorough and reliable extraction is critical after a flood. If there are wet fabrics and materials present, the risk of fungal growth rises. Damp building materials can become unstable – wood can warp, and drywall can swell.

Our extraction process includes:

  • Using free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to vacuum water from inside your home
  • Using carpet wands to pull water from the surface of carpets and to get into nooks and crannies
  • Disposing of any unsalvageable wet materials to decrease the risk of mold growth

What happens after extraction?

Extraction is just one part of the flood cleanup process.

SERVPRO technicians will set up fans and air movers to evaporate water from the surface of carpets, walls, and furniture. We monitor the moisture and humidity levels at every stage of drying to ensure the levels in your home are acceptable. We also set up dehumidifiers to remove water from the air and create a drier environment. 

We know that dealing with your doctors to get new medications is stressful. Although we cannot help you with the medical side of things, we can lighten the load by coordinating with your home insurer and providing information about your claim. We will also coordinate any necessary home repairs, such as laying down new carpet or replacing water-damaged insulation.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga technicians will keep you in the loop at every stage of the cleanup process. You will never have to wonder what will happen next, what it will cost, or how long it will take – our team will keep you abreast of all vital information.

Will my home smell damp after flood extraction?

We understand that damp smells are a concern for our customers. No one wants to be left with a wet-smelling home. After water extraction and drying, we will deodorize your home using air scrubbers, activated carbon filters, and odor-fighting pellets. We can also use fogging or an ozone generator to fill your home with odor-fighting compounds that get into every nook and cranny.

We understand that a flood is stressful, and there are many things to worry about after it. That is why we take care of assessment, extraction, drying, and deodorizing, so you do not have to concern yourself with those. We aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

For help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376.