This has become a regular phone call for us, generally early in the morning after (surprisingly) a rainy night.
“Can you please help us? We woke up this morning and there was water leaking from the window. We have put buckets out and towels to mop up the water but it is still raining and water is coming in our house”
It happened 4 times yesterday and again first thing this morning. We want to help and give you peace of mind and I thought it would make sense to post about the process.
First, I will ask you a series of questions
Depending on the answers, I usually try to dig deeper to find out over the phone what the possible sources are. Generally, there needs to be an initial inspection done on site, at which point we can make some suggestions. I usually tell people to call their insurance company first off to describe the problem, as your insurance company wants to make sure that the least amount of damage happens, so they have a lower potential payout. For example, if you have hardwood floors, and the water is seeping into them at a fast rate, it is in the insurance company’s best interest to get to your problem faster, or they possibly have to pay to have your floors redone.
An initial visual inspection costs $175 + HST and includes a question process on site, a visual inspection from inside and from the ground or stepladder (up to 10 ft) and a checklist of potential reasons that we go through. The inspection is carried out by a construction professional, well versed in all aspects of home building, repair and maintenance. If further inspection is warranted (roof, dormers, flashing, behind drywall etc.) adjustments will be made to the inspection fee to diagnose the problem. Depending on how invasive we need to be, this amount need to be determined as we progress with the inspection. This fee is dependent on the house and the location of the leak, and the initial assessment as to potential origin of the leak.
Please call us to help you with your leaking issue. We will ensure that the right people get to your home to find the source. Sometimes the source of the leak is obvious, and there is a straightforward repair to rectify the problem. With water, however, it is not always cut and dry finding the problem, and in some cases, extensive inspection is required to determine the source of the leak. We will work with your insurance company if need be to find a solution and repair the leak. Our workers are fully insured and we carry $2 million in commercial and general liability insurance. We are committed to helping our clients with all their home repair and maintenance needs.
Lakeshore Home Maintenance – 289-242-8439
For us at Lakeshore Home Maintenance, it was heartening to see that many of the people profiled saw the problem and fixed it, unfortunately, some took advantage of the situation, or did not spend enough time diagnosing the real issue. While some honest mistakes were made, (after all we are human), the less experienced and/or the opportunistic in the bunch, created situations that were unfair for the homeowner.
Lakeshore Home Maintenance will continue to provide excellent and honest service at a fair price. When we get a call for a leaky faucet, for example, we would ask a series of fact finding questions to determine over the phone, the possible problems, based on what the homeowner tells us is happening. At this point, we would decide if it makes sense to send in a licensed plumber, or whether one of our qualified technicians (who has extensive plumbing experience) would suffice. This call is made so that we can keep prices down for our client. A service call charge for a licensed plumber is significantly higher than a service call charge for a technician. Some jobs require a licensed plumber and in those cases, there is no option, where there is an option, we always explain this option to our client.
For many repairs that we undertake on a day to day basis, the answer is no. However, when certain jobs require an expert in a specific field (Masonry, electrical, Roofing, HVAC, etc.) we always send licensed, insured and experienced technicians. When we send these technicians, our pricing reflects their specialty.
The pictures on this page are courtesy of our valued clients, George and Glenna. Thank you so much for your great photography skills!
Raccoons breed in February and March and will seek a suitable place to nest during these months. Typically, this is when they find a way into your home/attic through the soffits, roof vents or loose chimney caps. Preparation and maintenance is the key to reducing the likelihood of them finding a safe haven in your attic or chimney. Ensure that soffits are not loose, chimney caps are secure and your roof shingles and vents are in good condition. A roof inspection will cover many of these details. Check all soffits for any potential entry points, trim all trees and shrubs close to your home to reduce the points of access to the roof.
Young are born in April and May, if, at this time the raccoon has taken up in your home, it is necessary to have a Wildlife Control company come in to safely remove them all. Local laws in our area (Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga) allow for humane trapping and relocation of the raccoons. We recommend contacting Animal Control Oakville for all your pest control needs.
After the safe removal of the raccoons, it is imperative to ensure that the point of entry is sealed up properly to ensure that they will not come back. From reattaching new chimney vent covers to repairing/rebuilding soffit areas and roof repairs, to reinsulating attic spaces, Lakeshore Home Maintenance is your trusted Oakville professional to take care of these repairs. We have qualified technicians available to repair these areas and put systems in place to reduce the chance of a reoccurrence. In addition to damage done by raccoons, we also repair damage from squirrels, mice, and rats.
If you live in the Oakville, Burlington or Mississauga area and are experiencing a problem with pests in your home, call us today for a free over the phone consultation to discuss how we can help rid you of the problem, and get your home back into top condition. Lakeshore Home Maintenance – 289-242-8439.
He lives in Toronto, and I am safely ensconced in the suburbs but wanted to meet him in TO and trusted his suggestion of a place for dinner that was “loud and lots of fun, casual. not expensive and the food and beer are great!”. The loud part worried me a bit, but it was just going to be him and I reminiscing, so I figured I could handle it. A couple of casual tweets to the restaurant (@WVRSTbeerhall) about my upcoming visit and I was set. They wrote back that they were looking forward to having me, and I replied that I fully expected hugs when I got there.
When I got downtown, I parked a little north of the restaurant and walked in to, well, a beer hall. Long tables with chairs on either side, and some tables off to one side and yes, it was noisy, but a pretty swanky crowd, well dressed and everyone seemed to be having the time of their life! I settled in to a table on the side with my friend, ordered a Canadian Craft Beer from their extensive list and got to the business at hand of catching up with an old friend.
He went to order our food (yes, you actually walk up to a window and see all the sausages laid in a row and order from an impressive array of sausage all made on site with fresh ingredients and a game list that blew my mind). I ordered the elk with cumin and porcini and Dennis had the Rabbit. I sent off another quick Tweet to the restaurant saying that I was waiting for my hug . Still waiting for Dennis I took in the ambience of the place, sipped my delightful beer, and noticed a tall man approach my table and ask if I was Sarah. ”Apparently, I’m supposed to give you a hug” he said with a smile and I laughed. And I got a great big hug from Bram, the General Manager. As it turns out, the tweets for the bar go to the owner in Los Angeles, who called the restaurant and said that I was there, and was expecting a hug. It gets better. Chatted with Bram for a bit, and he assured me he would come back to check on our food.
Shortly after our food came, along with another great hug from the waitress and we tucked in to our meal. GLORY BE. I would not consider myself a sausage aficionado by any stretch, but this was the best sausage that I have ever tasted, bar none. Fresh, flavourful, and not greasy at all. Divine, with some caramelized onions and roasted peppers thrown on top, and a jalapeño for good measure. Pure sausage heaven. Handcut fries with two dipping sauces and this amazing beer to swish it all down. Just damn good food and I was sold. Bram came back and I asked when they were going to start selling the sausage on its own for me to take home, apparently, its in the works. I will drive from Oakville for this meat. It’s that good.
The icing on the cake was this little gem that I only noticed after I was finished my fries. How flipping cool is that?
If you are in the west end of Toronto anytime stop by this gem at 609 King Street West, Toronto and say “hi” to Bram and make sure you get one of his epic hugs, oh yes, and try the sausage. You will thank me. You’re welcome.
NO cats will be harmed in the writing of this blog post. Promise!
The goal is simple. 100 items. (paper clips don’t count as one item, besides, I will keep them ) Inspired by a friend on Twitter who was moving, and loving the fact that he was getting rid of 20 year old receipts and junk, I thought, 100 items…I could do that. Are you up to the challenge? Do you think that you could relieve areas of your home of trinkets, outdated items, clothing that doesn’t fit or just ISNT fit to wear? What a great time to do it when you know that your house will be filled with more people, more stuff will be coming in, and you will have a great opportunity to help others at the same time. Don’t forget the incredible feeling when things go out the door and your home is that much more organized.
In the not so distant past, I have had the need to shop in second hand stores (still do from time to time) and always appreciated that I could give my family a great Christmas, with lots of presents under the tree. They didn’t know that the presents had been “pre-loved” but were always happy with the items that they received. Kids toys, gently used clothing, home accessories can all be repurposed for another family who would be happy to use them, but don’t have the means to buy them.
So, off I go with a big green garbage bag, and a notepad (for counting of course!) to relieve my closet and office area of 100 pieces of “I don’t need this anymore”. The cat? She sleeps silently at my side as I write this… She is fluffy, and it has become the family joke when we clean out behind things, and vacuum up whats there (!) we find Sugar’s long lost cousin in a forgotten corner. We’ll be gentle, we promise.
Will you be joining me?
Funny, when we started this business 4 years ago, we figured that we wouldn’t get one call for window repair after December 1st, until the early spring when people start opening windows again. We were so wrong! For some reason, people open their windows in the winter, just as much as in the spring and summer. Our theories on this range from excessive cooking (and burning – hence window opening) to that awesome Canadian mentality that there is no air like fresh air – we agree!
We replace the thermal unit! NO need to replace the whole window (but this is what a window company will tell you.) Sorry peeps, we don’t sell windows We repair them. This is a bad word in the window sales business. Want to know a secret?? 90% of problems with windows can be repaired by us. For the 10%, yes, you will need new windows, but that is truly a last resort!
Mark my words… (and please, quote me and test this theory) “we have not found a window crank yet that we could not replace and fix”. As my kids would say…True say! Never happened. We keep waiting to be stumped, but we love a challenge, and even when faced with the challenge from people that they have been “trying for years to get this fixed” we fix it. We’re just awesome…I can say that cause we kinda are when it comes to window crank repairs. If your crank doesn’t work, call us and we’ll get it working. To facilitate the process, we ask you to send us one of these pics (see post) that will allow us to being the right hardware to do the repair.
While your hardware might look the same, there are numerous different sizes and styles and having an image really helps. If you can’t open the window, we understand. If you can though, its super helpful!
Seriously, can you tell how much fun we have with this stuff? Craziest call we had from a lady in the Oak Park area of Oakville who had her THIRD floor window open on a windy day. Wind darn near ripped that puppy off the house. It was literally hanging at an angle by the top. Shoulda taken a picture but I was not in the blogging frame of mind. We fixed it. Window reattached with new hardware and everybody happy.
Groutfiti – I actually found this word when doing a quick search to think up clever tile puns that I could use as a catchy headline for this blog post. Needless to say, the world of tiling and grout is really not all that clever or humorous. While the post on Urban Dictionary under this name is interesting, it really did not contribute in any way to what I wanted to say about the incredible work that we can do with tile, and the wonderful tiler that we have on our roster of talented professionals.
From kitchen backsplashes to entire floors, to careful mosaic work and small repairs, Lakeshore Home Maintenance is your trusted source for tiling work. Insured, quality work, and craftsmanship with every job, small or large.
Thinking of updating a room without a full renovation? While a kitchen like the one shown here is gorgeous, sometimes all we need is a splash of colour or texture and a change of wall colour to spruce up a room. Thinking of selling? Tile is a great way to make a change. Travertine, marble, ceramic and glass tile can be used in combinations or alone to create dramatic effects in your home.
For someone who is considering a bathroom or basement renovation, heated floors under the tile are a great way to warm up a space, and surprisingly, can reduce your heating bill. Something to consider if a tiled floor is in your future. The cost to upgrade to heated floors is surprisingly reasonable and is a valuable selling feature when you go to resell your home.
If you are looking to renovate a bathroom, at Lakeshore Home Maintenance we recommend the Schluter Kerdi bathroom system, ensuring that the final result is a beautiful tiled shower/bath that will protect your home. The Schluter system is a pliable sheet-applied bonded waterproof membrane. Unlike traditional waterproofing, KERDI is bonded to the substrate and allows for the direct application of tile using the thin-set method. This prevents moisture from infiltrating the mortar setting bed, thus reducing the risk of leakage, efflorescence, and mold growth in wet areas (e.g., showers, commercial kitchens, etc.).
If you live in the Oakville, Burlington or Mississauga area, and are looking to complete a tile project, or just have a small tile repair, call us today at 289-242-8439 to take care of this for you. We look forward to hearing from you.
If the fence on the left looks like yours, it does NOT need to be replaced! Did you know that there is a company in the Oakville and Toronto area that will repair your fence, no matter how small the problem? One post broken? We will replace it and reattach your fence seamlessly.
One call to Lakeshore Home Maintenance is all it takes to have your fence repaired, new posts installed, lattice replaced or a broken gate fixed. Call us today at 289-242-8439 to discuss your fence repair needs. Fully Insured and WSIB compliant.
Call us today to book your fence repair before the winter sets in. 289-242-8439
An open letter to all clients, friends, and future clients and friendsWith the spring this year came many challenges, not the least of which was an incredible rush of potential business from wonderful people looking for a solution to their home repair and maintenance needs. Torrential rain led to window, door and roof leaks. Near tornado like winds tore fences from their brackets and posts out of the ground. Teases of warm balmy weather begged us to paint the outside of our homes, sand, clean and stain our decks, and budding spring bulbs and flowers led us to make big (and small) garden plans for cleanup and renewal. Continued rain makes it more difficult to complete outdoor projects.
Here at LHM, we have been gracious, appreciative and as diligent as is humanly possible in keeping up with the influx of calls. We are a family run small business that has some excellent partners and staff on our team, but even we are subject to life getting in the way.
The recent and very sudden passing of a family friend has proven to “throw us for a loop” for lack of a better phrase. Life has a funny way of making you realize that you need to slow down, take time, appreciate what you have, and reconnect with people in your life. Keith and I always strive for as much balance as possible in our lives and want to ensure everyone that our business is extremely important to us, that our clients satisfaction is paramount to us and that we are committed to continuing to help you all with your home repairs and maintenance needs.
This is an open letter to all of you, to ask for your patience as we do our best to service all our clients and potential clients in this extremely busy and emotionally difficult time.
Sarah Taylor and Keith Childerhose