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Spring is Here – Some Easy Maintenance and Prevention Tips for Around the House

Spring is in the air, and it is a great time to check out your home for any winter damage, and also do some preventive maintenance. This month’s blog-post comes courtesy of our nearest DKI Canada neighbor, Sara Pasternak of Con-Tech DKI.

Spring is Here – Some Easy Maintenance and Prevention Tips for Around the House

Spring has sprung! Along with the benefits of warm weather, bright colours and sunshine come risks for your home. It is important to properly prepare your home for the various risks that can be present during spring time.  The first thing that you want to do is CHECK YOUR GUTTERS. Make certain all gutters are free of any debris; remove any blocks in gutters and outdoor faucets. Also ensure all downspouts are facing away from your foundation to avoid water buildup.  Make sure to also check ROOF SHINGLES. If any damage has occurred during the winter months it is best that it is looked after sooner rather than later in order to avoid future issues. Please remember if you will be using a ladder during any of these tasks, DON’T BE LIKE THIS GUY:   ladder

While you are prepping the outside of your home for spring it is a good idea to check all caulking around windows & doors. Gaps or cracks in caulking leaves room for moisture and other dangers to enter your home, so be sure to replace any damaged caulking. Speaking of cracks, make sure to check for any cracks around your home. This includes patios, walkways and any other outdoor surfaces. Any cracks or damages are an open invitation for water to enter and damage your home.

After a long winter it is always a good idea to check around your home for any visible leaks. This includes anything that is readily visible on both the outside and inside of your home. Catching a leak early, before it has time to do any serious damage is the first step in avoiding costly repairs.

Inspect all outdoor amenities before using them for the spring season. This includes your air conditioning units, gas BBQ’s, outdoor faucets, outdoor lights etc. Not only can this keep your home safe, by revealing any issues with the appliance/amenity prior to there being a problem, but regular maintenance can also help various outdoor appliances last longer as well. Please ensure to check all appliances in a safe manner. If this is not possible please make sure to contact a professional DON’T BE LIKE THIS GUY:

LASTLY, please ensure to do regular checks around the interior of your home as well. This includes, appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, faucets, hoses, pipes, fireplaces, air filters etc. Regular maintenance of your home on both the interior and exterior can help prevent any stressful or costly damages in the future, and FINALLY enjoy the warm weather! You deserve it! ☀

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Natural Disasters… How Prepared are You?


CRCS DKI is here to help. This infographic helps you prepare for natural disasters.

Disasters happen whether it’s rain, wind or flood. Be prepared in the right way and make sure you have what will help you in midst of troubling times. Brought to you by CRCS DKI.

A Few Tips to Help Prepare for a Natural Disaster

  • Make a copy of your insurance policy and ensure you understand your coverage
  • Make copies of other “essential documents” – such as driver’s license, passport, social security card, etc. and store in a waterproof container inside a fireproof safe
  • Take a household inventory of everything you own, like appliances and electronics
  • Stock up on food, water, and batteries – enough for each family member for a minimum of 3 days
  • Create a grab and go bag for each family member in case you need to suddenly leave your house
  • Strap your water heater to the wall

If you know of a disaster in your area, please call CRCS DKI to help restore your life and get things back in order.

Call Now – 905-430-3477

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CRCS DKI Awarded the Jim Copeland Award

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The Jim Copeland Award is given every year province-wide to a group, business, or individual that has spent a significant amount of time working to prevent fires through educating others, their own safety practices and more. This award is given at the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association’s annual Symposium.

CRCS DKI was nominated by Oshawa Fire Services, and was awarded this great honor because of the hard work spent dedicated to make others aware of the dangers fires present, and how to stop them from occurring.

Being in the business for the past 20 years, CRCS DKI has worked diligently to spread the word on fire prevention. Through thousands of magnets, a fire and smoke damaged kitchen display for the Oshawa Fire Prevention Week for the past ten years, and the distribution of 9,000 booklets titled Alarmed for Life outlining fire safety, we have worked to lower the likelihood of fires across the province.

Cris Douglas, the Founder and President of CRCS DKI was honored to accept the award for his company. He noted how the years in his position has helped him to gain a feeling of civic pride and honor. The hardworking staff that stands behind him helped to make those in the community safer from preventable home fires.

CRCS is proud to have received such a prestigious award, and will continue working to inform members of the community on the proper steps to fire safety. Thank you to the Oshawa Fire Department, whose work has significantly dropped the amount of fires every year, and will continue to do so in the years to come.

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Best Home Improvements for Spring

Spring has arrived and although snow may still be in the forecast and on the ground, warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight are here. With the arrival of spring, its time to think about some of the best home improvements for the home. After the harsh winter weather, your home may be in need of some attention both inside and out. Repairing any damages that may have occurred over the winter is a good place to start, but you may also want to consider upgrades and other modifications as well.

Fix the Roof and Inspect Gutters

The roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so ensuring that it is free from damage and in good conditions is very important. Inspect the shingles and check for structural damage or leaks in the attic. Spring is the best time to make these improvements to the roof. Look for visible damage or degradation to the shingles to determine if the roof needs to be reshingled. Also, clean gutters and ensure that water can flow easily through the downspouts and away from the foundation. As snow and ice melt and spring rains come, ensuring that gutters are in good order is important.

Upgrade Windows and Doors

While this can be done in the fall as well, upgrading your home’s windows and doors is a good project for the warmer temperatures of spring. In preparation for both the heat of summer and the following winter, upgrading windows and doors for energy efficiency is a great improvement idea. Single pane windows can be replaced with energy efficient double pane glass for better retention of heat and cold. If you’re in need of a better door, spring is a great time to finally make the upgrade.

Inspect the A/C

In preparation for the summer heat, spring is the ideal time to dust off the A/C unit and inspect it. If you don’t have an A/C, now’s the time to get one installed. Turn the unit on and make sure it runs well. If you notice any problems, have the unit inspected and serviced before you really need it. A little advanced preparation for the hotter months ahead is never a bad thing. Spring transitions to summer pretty fast, so get the A/C ready now.

Start Landscaping

The quintessential spring home improvement project is yard work. From planting a garden to making larger landscaping improvements, adding some aesthetic through foliage and yard organization is a great spring activity. These kinds of projects can also make your home a more attractive sale if you’re putting it on the market this spring. Planting a garden, adding trees, and using rocks, wood chips, patios, fountains, ponds, etc to make the outside of your home more pleasing and functional are all great home improvement options.

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Understanding Lake Effect Weather

When you live nearby a lake, you become familiar with a weather pattern known as ‘lake effect’. This phenomenon occurs when cold wind tracks along warmer lake water. This enables the air to pick up water vapor, gather energy, and eventually freeze as it hits the shores. Cities and towns that lie alongside lakes are all too familiar with the massive quantities of snow that often fall during the winter as a result of this atmospheric effect.

The area known as the ‘lake belt’ in the northeastern U.S and Great Lakes region, extending into Canada, is one of the most frequently affected by lake effect precipitation. Southwest Ontario, in particular, is extremely vulnerable to devastating storms from lake effect since the city is surrounded by water on three sides. Here is a brief look at how lake effect occurs.

How Lake Effect Works

Lake effect can produce everything from light rain to heavy snow to thundersnow that combines a thunderstorm with heavy snowfall. Depending on the conditions, lake effect can be the sole contributor to severe blizzards in lake regions. The principle determiners of lake effect are: instability, fetch, windstream, moisture, topography, and snow and ice cover.

Instability- This refers to the difference between the lake temperature and the height in the atmosphere. When barometric pressure reaches a certain point, conditions in the atmosphere become ideal for a higher precipitation rate.

Fetch- The distance an airmass travels over a body of water is known as it’s fetch. In general, the larger the fetch, the more precipitation produced since more water vapor and energy travel from water to air. Depending on the size of the lake, lake effect precipitation may be more or less likely or intense.

Wind Shear- The direction in which the wind passes between the surface of the water and the height of the atmosphere will determine the intensity of the precipitation. The degree of barometric pressure is again a determinant of type and degree of precipitation–such as the difference between snow flurries and a blizzard.

Moisture- Upstream moisture has to do with the relative humidity along the lake. High humidity enables condensation, clouds, and precipitation to form more easily and in larger number.

Topography- The elevation of the lake has everything to do with precipitation levels. Just as mountains receive more snowfall, so too do lakes with elevation gains.

Snow and Ice Cover- Finally, snow and ice cover along the lake can gradually reduce precipitation since the distance an airmass can travel over the lake is reduced and there is less energy in frozen water to produce squalls that generate storms over land.

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New Logo, Same Excellent Service!

New Logo, Same Excellent Service!

We’ve adopted a new company logo! The new CRCS logo will continue to reflect our commitment to service and excellence in the disaster restoration industry–only with a sharp new look. At CRCS, we have a deep history of serving the communities across Durham Region in their times of need. Our specialists use the latest, state-of-the-art technology for every disaster remediation and restoration situation. From fire, smoke, wind, water, and mold to asbestos removal and document recovery, our services are diverse, our standards high, and our commitment to customers, never stronger.

Our new logo embodies our professional service philosophy and our status as the leading independent network member of Disaster Kleenup International. For 34 years, CRCS has been at the forefront of the restoration industry–employing only the best, industry certified technicians and using the most sophisticated equipment to manage every type of disaster situation. We are excited about our new logo, but even more so about continuing a long standing tradition of excellent service. We hope you are too!




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Is Your Roof In Need Of Replacement?

Is Your Roof In Need Of Replacement?



Common Warning Signs It May Be Time To Replace Your Shingles

You may be seeing Roofing Contractors in your area and wondering, “Is it time to replace my roof? How do I know for sure?”

Aside from the obvious, there are common warning signs to watch out for. And in case you were unclear as to what an “obvious warning sign” might be, we’ll cover those too. Let’s start with the basics. A leak(s) inside your home is always the fastest way to tell that your roof is in serious need of attention, but by this time, the damage has already been done and now it isn’t just the roof that needs attention, but the insulation, drywall, paint, carpets, etc, will certainly warrant inspection to avoid mould and other health concerns. Minimize your costs by acting quickly and responsibly. The health of your family depends on it.                                                                                

Helpful Homeowner Tip #1) A leak will not stop by ignoring it!

 Second, if you have seen pieces of shingles around your home or backyard, then likely they came from YOUR roof! Broken or missing shingles on the ground means that there is a portion of your roof no longer being protected. This may be exposing portions of the roof deck/plywood, which quickly leads us back to “obvious warning sign #1”.                                                                                                                                            

Helpful Homeowner Tip #2) A shingle on the ground is one less on your roof!

Now for the not so obvious, you may have seen small black/coloured granules(crushed stone) on your decks, walkways, filling your gutters, and even below your downspouts after a rain. This is a sign your shingles have become dried out. When this happens you will also start to notice black patches in your roof, irregularly shaped and ranging in size from a loonie to a softball -keep in mind these patches can be hard to spot without binoculars or being on top of the roof(which I DEFINITELY DO NOT SUGGEST ATTEMPTING!). These patches have exposed the matte in the shingle. This is bad for a number of reasons; the shingle will start to absorb water, and you run a high chance of losing that shingle in a windstorm. It has lost or is losing the weight that kept it sitting flat on your roof!

Helpful Homeowner Tip #3) Do not sweep your granules under the rug!

Now that you are taking a good close view of your roof, safely -with binoculars, firmly planted on terra firma, see if you can spot any swollen rain lines. If you have a traditional 3-tab shingle, by far the most common roofing product, you’ll notice broken vertical lines. These “rain lines” are meant to keep the rain moving in a straight line as fast as possible down to your eaves/gutters. Over time these rain lines become “swollen”, a sign that your shingles are shrinking…it happens to the best of us. A typical rain line should be approx 1/8” wide. This shrinkage, caused by massive temperature swings(-20c in the winter to +30c in the summer, respectively) will start to expose the seams on either side of each individual shingle, inevitably exposing the roof deck/plywood. This warning sign is much harder to spot, but a sure way to tell trouble has arrived at your door!

Helpful Homeowner Tip #4) When “Trouble” arrives at your door, let it know the rash shouldn’t be contagious and dinner will be ready in 5!

One last issue I’d like to address is, YOU! Likely the single biggest reason for a failing roof, leaks, and interior damage due to leaks, is directly attributable to us simply not wanting to believe it’s true. We tell ourselves this can’t be possible, but what we really mean is “this is the absolute last thing I want to deal with now”. I get it. Roofing is not a sexy renovation, like having a hot tub installed, or the new kitchen you can show off to friends. It’s a HAVE TO renovation, and will likely protect the single biggest investment any of us will ever have.  Here’s an example of what I’m referring to. I am told repeatedly, “my roof is less than 10yrs old, there’s no way I should have to worry about this already!”, this is undoubtedly true, but it simply isn’t reality. And not wanting to face it, or dole out the money for this type of renovation isn’t going to make it go away.  In most cases, your builder has likely installed the bare minimum of requirements to whatever code may have been at the time. That time has passed…Code/requirements evolve constantly based on changes to the economical landscape and the needs and understanding of the consumer.

Helpful Homeowner Tip #5) Get a big glass of water and swallow that pill as fast as you can, before it costs you more money than absolutely necessary!

At the end of the day, listen to what your gut is telling you. If you think there may be a problem and what an honest, unbiased opinion, call a reputable professional roofing contractor like TURNBULL ROOFING & RENOVATIONS LTD.

To learn more visit us at  and book an appt for a complimentary inspection and a “no obligation” in-home consultation. And don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook!


-Steve Turnbull
President & General Manager,
Turnbull Roofing & Renovations Ltd

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CRCS Works With Sprinkler Safety Unit

CRCS Works With Sprinkler Safety Unit

 The Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association’s (OMFPOA) annual convention was this past spring in Ajax. This four day convention included various events throughout the region, with hundreds of fire prevention officers from all over Ontario attending.

One of the main events was a burn cell residential sprinkler demonstration. This demonstration illustrated the effectiveness of sprinklers in a residential setting.  Sprinkler systems extinguish fires incredibly fast, and hopefully prevent fatalities. CRCS furnished the burn cell, which had over 100 fire prevention officers on hand.

CRCS is looking forward to the 2013 OMFPOA Convention as it will be back in Durham Region, with Oshawa hosting the events.

Here is a video from the event:

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