How to File an Insurance Claim for Fire and Smoke Damage

While many of us have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policies that cover fire damage, deciding what to do after a property fire can be daunting. But property owners aren’t just dealing with damage from the flames, they will find that their building materials and contents will be covered in an oily, thick residue from smoke …

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Winterizing a House: How to Prepare for Winter

It’s getting to be that time of the year. As we start turning up the thermostat and grabbing heavy coats out of the closet, you know it’s only a short while before winter. This means it’s time to prepare. It may sound like the last thing you want to do, but taking small steps now …

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Oil Furnace and Burner Puff Back Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

If your home’s heating system contains an oil burner or furnace, it is prone to a puff back. When these occur, oil explodes when ignited within the system, releasing smoke and soot onto surrounding surfaces. If your home uses a forced air system, the byproducts also can spread throughout the home via the air ducts, …

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How to Winterize a Gas Grill

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In the rush to get your home and yard ready for winter, don’t forget about your grill! After using it over the summer, it will need some cleaning and preparation for winter. But don’t wait until the last minute or cut corners as it may lead to damage and shorten its lifespan. Besides, nobody likes …

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How to Help Someone After Unexpectedly Losing a Loved One

Although loved ones naturally pass on in the circle of life, among those who die a sudden death, either through homicide, suicide, or accident, the shock is unbearable for family members and close friends. Compassionately easing a loved one through the loss of someone who is unexpectedly snatched away from life takes skill. Good intent …

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Microwave Safety – What Not to Put in the Microwave

Following these tips will prevent microwave fires as well as protect your health and safety.

Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the United States have microwaves? Because we are always on the go, we are not often left with much time to cook when we get home. Many Americans often work late nights and are simply too tired to cook a full meal. The fastest option …

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Dryer Fire Prevention

There are many common causes for fires within homes and buildings. From overheated circuits to kitchen fires, theycan be almost impossible to prevent altogether. But what is most important in preventing these natural disasters before they happen is being aware of all possible causes and hazards within the home. One of the many common causes …

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How to Clean Outside Air Conditioner

Now that summer is winding down and so is your outside air conditioner, it’s probably full of dirt and dust particles from being used so often. While regular air conditioning maintenance is not always common, frequent cleaning can extend its lifespan, allowing you to save a pretty penny from your hard work. As there are …

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Fall Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist

For many of us, fall simply can’t come soon enough. After enduring harsh summer temperatures and painful sunburns, we just want things to cool down and get the campfires going. But time will fly as we get busy with fun fall festivals, Halloween, pumpkin spice-everything, football games, and any other ways we can get outside …

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How to Handle a Flooded Basement

Because there are so many possible sources for water damage, it is almost impossible to prevent it altogether. But when natural disasters occur or incredible amounts of rain seep into the foundation, they will eventually find their way to the basement. Even if you are lucky to have a sump pump, it will be no …

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