Tips for Choosing a Quality Janitorial Service Company

As a business owner or manager, your office space or showroom gives off the first impression to prospective customers about your business. If your business space teeters on the side of filthy rather than pristine, you stand a good chance of losing valuable business. Plus, an unkempt office can be demoralizing for employees. By maintaining …

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Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Water Damage?

So you’re dealing with water damage – the last thing you need to add to your growing laundry list of weekly tasks. The first questions that come to mind are “can this be covered under my homeowner’s insurance policy?” and “if it isn’t how much is this going to cost me?” Then the influx of …

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Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips


While they don’t occur very often, Christmas tree fires can be deadly, lighting the entire home on fire with just one spark. But the majority of them occur when the tree hasn’t been watered in days – when it is fully dried out. Don’t let your Christmas celebrations result in a disaster after forgetting to …

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Reasons for a High Water Bill


While the costs of water will fluctuate between each city, it’s not one that we really have a choice of paying or not. But when you notice that it’s outrageously high, obviously something must be wrong. So instead of calling your water company about the possible error, check to see if you have an internal …

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How to Prevent Mold in the Winter

Mold is a common issue for homeowners, no matter what the season. Winter, however, produces a different set of circumstances that make the contamination of mold within a home very likely. Residential homes tucked away in high-snowfall areas seemingly experience an increase in moisture during the cold season. The heavy snow produces moisture that can …

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How to Prevent Smoke from Coming Out of the Fireplace


Winter is fast approaching, and the balmy indoors are starting to once again appear very appealing. If your home features a fireplace, you may decide to make use of it in the cool season. After all, what could be better on a blistering winter day than cozying up to the warmth of a blazing fire …

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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


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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