To our valued Homeowners, Guests, and Partners,
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge that we at Tamarack Homes are monitoring very closely. Due to this ongoing and fluid situation, all Tamarack Homes sales centres, model homes, and the Tamarack Homes Design Centre are closed to the public until further notice. We are currently following all guidelines published by Ottawa Public Health to protect the health and safety of our employees, homeowners, partners, and other guests. Our goal is to continue to provide the quality of service that our homeowners expect, while ensuring our employees are healthy, safe, and have continued job security during these trying times. Below is some information regarding how we are addressing this situation. For more information, please get in touch with us by telephone or email (all contact information is available on our website).
Tamarack Construction Sites
While our sites remain operational for the time being, we have put in place heightened hygiene and cleanliness standards in order to protect our employees and subcontractors. As per the Ottawa Public Health guidelines, our staff are observing physical distancing, increased handwashing, and disinfecting all surfaces regularly. If you have questions regarding your home that is currently under construction, please contact your customer service representative.
While our physical offices are closed to the public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, our staff are working remotely and are available through telephone and email. We remain committed to serving our homeowners and the public while adhering to the health and safety guidelines published by Ottawa Public Health.
During this time of difficulty, supporting our local community has never been more important. Tamarack Homes and the Taggart Parkes Foundation are proud to be actively supporting local charities including the Ottawa Food Bank and the Youth Services Bureau through financial donations to help meet the increased need for these services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We appreciate your understanding, patience, and cooperation at this time. This situation is evolving rapidly, and we will be doing everything within our power to ensure the health and safety of our employees and our homeowners. We would like to thank our dedicated employees and assure them that their efforts and continued dedication are greatly appreciated during this uncertain time.
Follow these good maintenance practices and inspect your new home on a regular basis to avoid problems.
Air Filters: Clean or replace air filters in HRV, furnace, hoodfan (do monthly or as needed) Air Vents: Ensure indoor air vents (HRV & forced air furnace supplies & returns) are clean and not blocked by dust, furnishings, drapes, etc. Air supply vents in the basement should be open. Humidifier: Turn on and clean humidifier and open humidifier damper, if you have a humidifier. Adjust settings to provide a RH of 30% or higher. Doors: Whenever possible, leave bedroom doors open to allow for better air circulation. Fireplace: If required, turn on pilot light for gas fireplace and clean glazing, if dirty. Follow instructions in fireplace manual. Furnace: Refer to furnace manual and carry out any required furnace maintenance. Run furnace fan throughout the year to provide ventilation for house. Hardwood Flooring: Winter is a critical time of year to closely monitor your indoor relative humidity with a suitable hygrometer. If the air is too dry, your floor will release it's moisture. A low moisture content will damage your hardwood floor, leading to gapping, cracking, and squeaks. HRV: HRV's draw outside air into the house. On cold, dry days, this is not desirable. The HRV control box is adjacent to the thermostat, where it can be switched off. Humidifier: If the air becomes too dry, turn on your humidifier, if you have a humidifier. Window Coverings: Keeping blinds and curtains open whenever possible exposes the glass to warm inside air, minimizing condensation.
Attic Vents: Ensure roof louvers, vents and soffits are not blocked with snow. Ventilation is a critical factor in roof durability - air must be able to move through the attic. Ensure roof louvers, vents and soffits are not blocked. Ventilation is a critical factor in roof durability - air must be able to move through the attic. Check for damaged areas, nests, trees or vines blocking openings, etc. Shingles and Roofing: Remove excessive accumulations of snow and ice from the roof to avoid ice damming. Snow covered roof vents will not keep the attic properly ventilated. Concrete Floors: Avoid concrete erosion due to salt and deicing products that drip from vehicles and footwear.