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Chimney Fire Prevention

During New England winters, it is ideal to be cuddled up by your fireplace during a cold night. Though without proper precaution and maintenance, your cozy warm night can turn into a disaster. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, an average of 17,600 chimney fires happen annually in the United States. Follow along as the fire and soot restoration experts at Soil-Away go over chimney fire prevention tips so you can feel safe and secure with your family around the fire this...

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Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

New England residents are no strangers to harsh winter weather. Though it is common where we live, it is still imperative to prepare your home for winter weather, snow, and ice. Without proper preventative measures, your home could be susceptible to damage. Follow along as the water damage restoration experts at Soil-Away cover the measures you should take to protect your home from serious winter elements.  Guard Water Pipes Before a winter storm, be sure to disconnect and put away...

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Ice Dams 101

We are sure that you have heard the term “ice dam” once or twice before in your life. It is essential for homeowners in climates where it snows to have proper knowledge of ice dams, what they are, what damage they cause, and how to prevent them.  Luckily, the expert remediation team at Soil-Away is here to give you a complete Ice Dam 101; follow along! What Are They? An ice dam is a build-up of snow and ice that gather on the edge of your roof. They typically occur after a snowfall when...

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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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