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Your Holiday Home Safety Checklist

The holidays make for a festive time of year, but the increased merriment can often mean hidden hazards. Decorations, holiday meals, guests, and traveling may seem harmless enough, but can actually leave you, your family, and your home vulnerable if precautions aren’t taken. So even though your holiday to-do list may seem to rival that […]

Can My Roof Hold Santa & His Sleigh?

While elves are busy making toys for good little girls and boys, your children might have some concerns about the logistics of Santa delivering their presents on Christmas Eve. After all, there are a lot of houses and children to visit in just a few hours, so the smoother the landing zone, the better! We […]

Before Your Crank Up the Heat, Take These Steps First

It won’t be long until the nip in the air turns downright frosty and has you reaching for the thermostat. Before you put your furnace on the task of making you toasty, take a preventative approach. Doing so may not only help to make sure your furnace and heating systems are running efficiently (saving you […]

Keep Your Kitchen Safe During Holiday Cooking

Did you know that one in every six civilian fire deaths involved cooking equipment? According the National Fire Protection Association, the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 162,400 home fire structures between 2009 and 2013 that cooking equipment as the common culprit. Unattended cooking was considered to be the biggest contributing factor to […]

5 Ways to Prevent Weather from Wrecking Your Remodeling Project

Summer may seem the best time to tackle all those home improvement projects, but really every season provides unique opportunities. That said, each can comes saddled with challenges, too. Seasonal Effectiveness Remodeling Depending on the climate of where your home resides, it’s easy to assume warm weather equals outdoor remodeling projects and cold weather moves […]

5 Steps to Prep Your Outdoor Plumbing This Fall

The colorful leaves are dropping from the trees, leaving your outdoor chores filled with related tasks, such as raking the yard and clearing the gutters of newly packed debris.  While the leaves may have your attention, don’t let them distract you from taking proper care of your outdoor plumbing. Outdoor Plumbing Systems When you think […]

8 Halloween Home Safety Measures to Welcome Trick-or-Treaters

When little ghouls and goblins come knocking demanding candy, you need to be armed. A big bowl of sweet treats and some festive decor is a start, but with more visitors in store at your front door, safety measures are a must to avoid potentially frightful accidents. Avoid the tricks of the holiday, and take […]

How to Protect Your Basement from Water Damage

When you think of basement flooding, you might point the finger first at Mother Nature and her heavy rains, melting snow, or more disastrous weather events. However, in-home water damage is more often caused by appliance issues, plumbing problems, or other manmade-related situations, according to the Insurance Journal. In fact, among the five most common […]

Chimney 101: Avoid a Mishap When Heating Your Home

Have you ever thought about how your fireplace and chimney work? Sure, you may know how to light kindling and logs to create a cozy fire for all to gather and snuggle around. However, if you don’t have a grasp on how your fireplace actually functions, you may not be keeping up on routine maintenance […]

5 Fall Remodeling Projects to Warm Up Your Winter

Fall may have just started, with winter being out of sight, out of mind, but that doesn’t mean the cold weather isn’t on its way. Temps are still mild and moderate now, meaning there might be no better time to fit in a few fall remodeling projects to make your winter even more comfortable. Remodeling […]

How to Protect Your Basement from Water Damage

When you think of basement flooding, you might point the finger first at Mother Nature and her heavy rains, melting snow, or more disastrous weather events. However, in-home water damage is more often caused by appliance issues, plumbing problems, or other manmade-related situations, according to the Insurance Journal. In fact, among the five most common […]

Water Damage from Commercial Sprinkler Systems

Fire sprinkler systems offer reliable and affordable fire protection to your commercial properties. Not only do sprinkler systems prevent lives and property losses from fires, but also save millions of dollars to business owners by way of tax deductions, code and ordinance compliance, insurance savings, and the ability to continue business as usual. But for […]

Removing the Smell of Smoke Damage

Cleaning up after a fire can be a devastating event when the reality of what has been lost sets in. What does survive the damage of a fire should bring comfort, but when the smoke smell sets in, it’s not easy to rid your belonging of the smoke and soot damage smell. Try as you […]

Problems Overhead: What’s Causing Your Ceiling Damage?

Only second to your roof, ceilings provide much needed overhead protection from the elements, extreme temperatures, and debris floating in the air. They also hold insulation in and keep unsightly beams and pipes undercover. While you may not give your home’s ceilings much thought day to day, when they start to show signs of ceiling […]

Buyer Beware: After-Storm Contractor Scams

If Mother Nature didn’t do ample damage with heavy rains, lightning, and hail, get ready to weather another storm in the way of contractor scams. As if there wasn’t enough to deal with in terms of flooding, downed trees, torn-off shingles, and cracked siding, now you have to put your trust (and money!) in the […]

Home Improvement Projects to Finish Before Fall

Labor Day may not be the first official day of fall, but for many it feels likes the unofficial end to summer. While warm days are sure to follow the holiday weekend, they are certainly numbered. Before long the air will turn crisp, the leaves will fall, and snow will be in future forecasts. Take […]

5 Tips to Prevent Sewer Backup in Your Home

Damaging floors, walls, furniture, appliances, electrical systems, and other home possessions, sewage back ups can be a serious problem. Making it even worse are the costs associated with such destruction, which often aren’t covered by average homeowners insurance policies without the addition of a specific rider. Even with complete financial coverage, a sewage backup is […]

Should the Same Contractor Tackle Restoration and Reconstruction?

Should the Same Contractor Tackle Restoration and Reconstruction? In a Word: Yes. When a fire, flood, or storm wreaks havoc on your home, the damage is not always limited to just a cleanup job. Your residence may require replacement of drywall, windows, or roofing, and could even include larger scale projects to repair or replace […]

Culprits of Sump Pump Failure

Did you know 98 percent of basements will experience some sort of water damage during their lifetimes, according to industry estimates? Be it flooding from rain, an appliance malfunction, faulty plumbing, or burst frozen pipe, a sump pump can be the difference between a dry basement and expensive home water damage. Sump Pump to the […]

Precaution Steps For Storms and Floods

5 Steps to Take When a Flood Is Forecasted Recent rainstorms doused parts of the Midwest, including our service areas of Cleveland, Elyria, Akron, Canton, Sandusky, and Youngstown. Storms are leaving many areas flooded and some counties declaring states of emergency. While the rain has stopped for now, basements, homes, schools, and commercial buildings are […]

Tips for Checking Your Plumbing

If you’ve never touched a wrench and have no idea where your home’s maze of pipes begins and ends, your chances of filling the shoes of a skilled, qualified plumber are next to nil. The good news is you don’t need to know the difference from a ball valve and hose bib to stay ahead […]

Tips to Keep You, Your Guests, and Your Home Safe on July 4th

Whether you’re celebrating America’s Independence by celebrating with family and friends,  grilling out, splashing in the pool or going to the beach, or getting out of town, making safety first priority is the best way to avoid accidents and losses from ruining your well-intentioned plans. Don’t think safety is a necessity for this independence holiday? […]

7 Backyard Landscaping Tips to Prevent Future Flooding

The more Mother Nature teases with warmer temps, the more your green thumb may be itching to dig in the dirt. As you begin to plan the flowers, plants, and trees that will accent your garden beds, backyard, and home’s exterior, remember there’s more to landscaping than just growing your curb appeal. Properly landscaping the […]

Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Apartment Building Residents

As a landlord or property manager, you have a long list of roles and responsibilities. Rising to the top of the list–above repairing leaky faucets, quieting noisy neighbors, and collecting monthly rent–is tenant safety. The units you lease to renters are homes, and while a large eat-in kitchen and balcony with a view are great […]

Is Your Home at Risk for Sewage Damage?

Filled with bacteria and viruses, sewage water can be quite harmful if it seeps into your property. In addition to smelling bad, sewage water can lead to disease making those coming into contact with it quite ill. While leaks and flooding from freshwater sources can cause a great deal of damage, sewage water raises the […]

Don’t Let Spring Storms Rain Havoc on Your Home

April showers bring May flowers, but spring rain can also lead to water damage. Basement flooding due to foundation problems and roof leaks can become costly problems when a big storm hits. The good news is by taking proper measures, you can prevent spring rains from hurting your home. Start at the Top While flooding […]

10 Home Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

In 2014 alone, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported nearly 1.3 millions fires in the United States. Those fires led to 3,275 deaths, 15,775 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. In mere seconds, a fire in the home can turn deadly, so it’s important to prevent them from happening before they ever start. […]

Washing Machine Overload or Overdue?

A homeowner recently told us that she had left her house after turning on the washing machine, only to return 30 minutes later and discovered it was still filling up with water. Sadly for this homeowner, a broken water supply line caused extensive water damage not only to the laundry room, but also to the […]

Keep Your Home Safe from Sewage Damage

Water damage caused by a leaky pipe, a heavy spring rain shower, or faulty appliance is rarely welcome by homeowners. However, if given the choice between water damage caused by one of those culprits versus water damage caused by a sewer-related issue, sewage damage loses every time. Good Water Gone Bad Aside from the root […]

7 Tips to Prevent Spring Flooding in Your Home

Spring can be a welcome relief after a long winter of cold and snow. But it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, especially as warmer temps cause snow to melt in mass while also leading to rainier weather from up above. Before you know it, flooding is on the rise, and your home is at risk […]

How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

A home fire can be a frightening ordeal, leaving a huge burden in its wake. The health and safety of those living in your home–adults, children, and pets–are top priority, followed next by the structural and operational integrity of your home. But once you’re given the OK from authorities to return to your residence, the […]

How to Respond When Frozen Pipes Burst

Understanding Frozen Pipes While frozen pipes tend to be more common in older homes, the location of the pipe and the level of insulation surrounding it is really at the root cause. The other factor is, of course, temperature. When the mercury plummets to near record lows, water freezes. When this happens inside pipes, the […]