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10 Tips for Holiday Home Safety

It is that time of year again. The stockings are hung, but is your home decorated with proper safety measures to ensure your holiday is without incident. Everything seems to be in high gear, and it is easy to forget about safety during the holidays. Here are 10 important holiday safety tips to make this…

Top 10 Fire Safety Guidelines for Candles

If your planning on using candles to mark special events or create a soothing atmosphere in your home, please remember that open flames are a potential fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 10000 residential fires are caused each year by careless use of candles. Here are the top 10 safety tips…

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Minimizing Hurricane Damage

While we may not live in a direct hurricane path, we still get remnants of hurricane rain and wind. Thus, it is important to know how to minimize the damage to your home. Preparing your Property There are at least 5 things that a homeowner can do to minimize the damage to their homes. Installing storm shutters…

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HVAC Mold Prevention

Mold grows in environments that are moisture laden and that have temperatures between 32 and 120.  This means that HVAC systems are a place where mold can grow. Below are some tips to prevent mold growth in your HVAC system: Drain Pan Maintenance: Drain pans should be slopped and should be cleaned regularly. This prevents standing water…

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Risks of Cleaning Up After a Sewage Loss

Sewage flooding typically happens in the basement or in a bathroom. This type of flooding is a major problem and needs to be addressed immediately. Homeowners can usually clean up most floods on their own, however a sewage cleanup involves many risks that make this a cleanup that homeowners should not do on their own. Health Risks…

Disinfecting After the Flu

  Everyone encounters someone who has had or does have the flu at one point or another in their lives. How are people supposed to disinfect their homes when a family member has the flu? Should they toss everything can be washed into the washing machine? Should they scrub down al of the surfaces with…

When Dishwashers Leak

There are a number of reasons that a dishwasher can leak. However, most instances do not require a professional to fix it. Below are some of the most common causes of a leaking dishwasher and tips to fix the situation. Before using the dishwasher, the buyer should read the instruction manual so as to not…

Drying Out Concrete

Drying out a home after water damage is extremely important. Moisture mixed with humidity can lead to more mold, additional damage, and health risks. Everything within the home, from the ceilings to the flooring needs to be properly dried out. This includes any concrete within the home. When a contractor with little to no experience…