The Insurance Bureau of Canada said it is too early to speculate how much it will cost to repair homes and businesses damaged by the ice storm .
“Anything I give you right now is just a guess, and not even a good guess,” said Pete Karageorgos, manager of consumer, industry and relations for the IBC.
He provided a number of tips and suggestions to help people make insurance claims and avoid more damage.
Take photos of the damage before you remove tree limbs so you have something to present to your insurance company.
Many insurance companies have 24-hour hotlines. Call them as soon as possible because they may be able to help you with immediate repairs.
Secure any areas where windows may have broken. If your roof is damaged call professionals; don’t go on your roof.
Keep snow and ice clear of gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows.
Frozen water pipes can break . Completely drain your pipes or leave a tap running on very low to insure the water is continuously flowing.
Source By: Toronto Star Paul Clarke Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Dec 22 2013