Tips to avoid or deal with damage

December 22, 2013 - Updated: December 22, 2013

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  Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Dec 22 2013

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