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Space Heater Safety Tips

Colder weather is here, and temperatures will continue to drop. People are grabbing their space heaters out of storage to keep warm. These small heaters are perfect for heating small rooms and spaces quickly and efficiently. Though space heaters are great for keeping you warm and toasty when the weather outside is frightful, they can be very hazardous when you are not aware of how to use them properly. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says space heaters lead to 25,000 fires...

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Candle Safety 101

Candles can be considered essential to the cozy, New England wintertime aesthetic. As you unwind after a long, cold day, light your candles, and allow the aroma to fill your home. Sounds picturesque, doesn’t it? Though candles are a way of calming and relaxing, it is still an open flame inside of your home when it comes down to the technical side of things. Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), just about 3% of all reported home fires are from candles, resulting...

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

As the weather gets colder in New England, the threats that winter weather brings to your home once again arise. One major threat the cold brings is freezing the pipes in your home. This can cause a great deal of damage. Due to the pressure build-up in frozen pipes, it will cause the pipe to expand. If there is enough pressure inside the pipe, it will likely burst, causing even more significant damage like flooding or water damage. Follow along as the winter water damage remediation specialists...

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How to Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

The holidays are the time of year to enjoy quality time with your family over delicious meals. It is picturesque to cuddle up with mugs of hot cocoa around your beautifully lit tree next to your warm fireplace. However, if not set up correctly, your Christmas tree can turn into your fireplace! According to the NFPA, there are 160 Christmas trees a year that go up in flames! It is an understatement to say that this is probably not how you want your holiday season to go. To avoid any Christmas...

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Crawl Space Maintenance Tips

Though your crawl space is virtually unseen and does not need to look pretty, it is crucial to maintain it. Your crawl space can be a feeding ground for dust and mold, which can ultimately cause poor air quality throughout your home. Growing moisture and mildew can also lead to severe structural problems and potential health issues. Follow along for crawl space maintenance tips from the mold remediation specialists at Soil-Away.  Moisture Control Moisture and darkness create the right...

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Kitchen Safety Tips for the Holidays

Holidays are a time of year to celebrate with family, and enjoy delicious food! The holiday season tends to be the busiest in the kitchen. Because Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking day of the year in the United States, it is also the day with the most cases of kitchen fires. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day. We want to make sure that you are well equipped to prevent a kitchen fire this holiday season, so you can focus on your...

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Water Damage Clean Up Mistakes

When homeowners experience flooding or water damage, the first thing they want to do is to clean it up. While this seems obvious and a bright idea, many things can go wrong if you are not adequately knowledgeable about water damage.  Whether a broken pipe or roof leak, water entering a home can cause devastating damage if not taken care of properly. It can lead to more severe problems such as mold and structural damage. Follow along to learn about the most common mistakes people make when...

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Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season

According to the NESEC, the Hurricane season in New England begins in June and continues through the end of November, with August and September as peak months (NESEC). Going through a hurricane is incredibly daunting and can lead to devastation. Though they may not be prevalent where you live, it is essential to do your best to prepare and protect your home and your family. Follow along for preventative measures you can take this hurricane season to prepare your home for the storm.  Trim Trees During...

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Common Places Mold Will Grow

Nobody ever wants to see mold in any crevice of their home. Mold can cause severe problems for your health, your belongings, and your home. The worst part about mold? It happens quickly and could be virtually impossible to see in some cases.  It is unlikely that your whole home is covered with mold, but it is essential to know when mold is in your home. Mold needs a simple combination of temperature, moisture, and a food source to begin wreaking havoc. Follow along to learn more about...

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Most Common Causes of House Fires

Fires are probably one of any homeowner’s biggest fears. They are typically unexpected and can be devastating to your home and precious belongings. Fires tend to spread quickly and easily, making them extremely dangerous. Because of the damage a house fire could cause, it is imperative to be aware of how you could prevent a fire from breaking out in your home. Follow along to learn more about the most common causes of housefires so you and your family can be prepared and equipped.  Cooking The...

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Common Appliance Malfunctions

We all know that appliances do not last forever but appliance malfunctions always tend to take us by surprise. It is crucial to take the best care of your appliances, so they do not end up causing damage, such as starting a fire or possible plumbing issues. We have seen hundreds of residential and commercial fire and water damage situations due to appliance failures. Follow along for a few of the most common appliance malfunctions that can happen to homeowners so you can minimize your risk.  Washing...

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What is Safe to Salvage After a Flood?

No matter the scale of the flood, water entering your home and ruining your things is devastating no matter what. The first thing you want to do after this happens to you is rush inside and save all of your belongings. Proceed with caution and prioritize safety. Consult with building professionals if necessary to eliminate hazards such as electrocution or structural collapse. Once you are back in, you must determine which of your belongings is safe to salvage and which items must be tossed. Here,...

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