Stress Less This Spring

The employees of Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) are focusing on reducing their stress in the workplace and beyond this week. We invite you to join us in learning about stress and exploring different ways to help reduce stress every day.

Many people face stress on a daily basis, and it can affect different people in different ways. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are at least three different types of stress: routine stress, stress brought on by a sudden negative change, and traumatic stress. All three types of stress carry both mental and physical health risks, and it is important to recognize when you are experiencing these stressors so you are better able to use techniques to reduce their effects. Over time, continued stress may lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety and other illnesses.

Managing the amount of stress you have and reducing future stress is critical to leading a happy and healthy life. Try utilizing some of these stress management techniques:

  • Exercise regularly – just 30 minutes per day of gentle walking.
  • Meditate for five minutes. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor and focus on your breathing.
  • Laugh. When it comes to stress, laughter can be the best medicine.
  • Listen to music. Soothing tunes to help relax or blowing off some steam to some hard rock will both reduce your stress.
  • Slow down and take time to focus on the things around you.

For more ways to reduce stress, check out these suggestions from WebMD and the Mayo Clinic.

We hope you can find ways to reduce the stress in your daily life. SLWC’s service line warranty program can help reduce stress involved with service line failure. Visit www.slwofc.ca to find out how you can get peace of mind and a stress-free repair process in the event that you have a problem.

Money-saving Monday

According to a Bank of Montreal survey, more than a quarter of Canadians would have their savings drop to zero in a month or less in the event of a financial shock, such as a job loss or major expense. To help get your saving jump started, we will provide you with some tips to save money just by changing the way you do some things you already do!

Around the House

  • Weatherproof your home. Caulk holes and cracks that let warm air escape in the winter and cold air escape in the summer. Your local hardware store has materials, and quite possibly useful advice, about inexpensively stopping unwanted heat or cooling loss.
  • Use low-flow shower heads. They can reduce water flow by as much as 40 percent.
  • Live relatively near your workplace. While this isn’t always possible, driving 5,000 miles less a year can lower transportation costs by more than $1,000.
  • Repair dripping faucets. A slow, steady drip (100 drops per minute) wastes 330 gallons of water in a month. That’s nearly 4,000 gallons per year.
  • Choose home repair contractors wisely. Favor contractors who have successfully performed work for people you know. Insist on a written, fixed-price bid. Don’t make full payment until satisfactory completion of the work.

Other Ways to Save

  • Never purchase expensive items on impulse. Think over each expensive purchase for at least 24 hours. Acting on this principle will mean you have far fewer regrets about impulse purchases, and far more money for emergency savings.
  • Substitute coffee for expensive coffee drinks. The two dollars a day you could well save by buying a coffee rather than a cappuccino or latte would allow you, over the course of a year, to completely fund a $500 emergency fund.
  • Keep your car engine tuned and its tires inflated to their proper pressure. Doing both can save you up to $100 a year in gas.
  • Save your loose change. Putting aside fifty cents a day over the course of a year will allow you to save nearly 40 percent of a $500 emergency fund.
  • Borrow books rather than purchasing them. Borrowing books and reading magazines at your local library, rather than purchasing reading material, can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

These are just a few way to save every day. Being prepared for an emergency expense will help to reduce stress and provide you with the peace of mind to know you are ready if something goes wrong. In addition to these 10 tips, check out more money saving tips here.

To find out how SLWC can help provide you with budget-protecting peace of mind, visit www.slwofc.ca.

Spring Plumbing Tips

During this time of year, most people are looking to clean up and clean out, finding things they don’t have use for and throwing them away, or in some cases, finally figuring out a way to use what they have in a better way. Service Line Warranties of Canada is doing some spring cleaning of its own. We are working on revamping and improving our blogs and social media, and we will be debuting our new format next week!

This week check out some helpful spring plumbing tips:

Indoors

  • Clean all drain strainers in the sink and showers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging drain lines.
  • Check toilets for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak.
  • Clear mineral deposits from shower heads by soaking them in a plastic bag with vinegar overnight and then gently scrubbing with a toothbrush.
  • Check appliances with water hoses, such as the washing machine, ice maker and dishwasher, for bulges, leaks and hose weakness.
  • Clean the washing machine tub and lint trap to maximize performance.
  • Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains, including floor drains, to fill the trap and prevent odors. Slow floor drains should be snaked so they perform as expected in the event of a flood.
  • Inspect your home for leaks by taking a water meter reading before bed and then again the next morning where no water was used overnight. If the reading has changed, you have a leak.

Outside

  • Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are clear and free of leaks and debris from the winter months.
  • Check outdoor faucets and hoses for cracks or leaks.
  • Check for unusually damp spots or soft ground in the yard, which may indicate a plumbing problem.

 

For more information on other ways to be prepared for spring, visit www.slwofc.ca.