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Post-Winter Property Inspection Checklist

With the snow and freezing temperatures behind us, it is time to assess any damage that your home and property may have incurred over the winter months.  The following is a spring checklist to inspect your home or business to determine if there is any damage that needs to be addressed. Gutters.  Snow and ice can damage gutters, preventing water from running through properly.  This damage can cause the springtime rainwater to build-up around the building, leading to flooding indoors. Roof.  It...

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

March 3, 2020 Dear Value Soil-Away Client, Thank you for trusting Soil-Away Cleaning & Restoration Services, LLC as your disaster restoration contractor. We are taking a moment to contact you in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our office has received several inquiries from clients about potential solutions and/or proactive measures to assist in mitigating the threat. As it stands now, we do offer a spray sanitization service as a proactive plan to reduce the risk...

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Preventing Fire Damage from Supplemental Heat Sources

Many of the sources that we use to supplement, or entirely heat, a home in the winter can actually pose a potential fire risk if you are not careful.  These include wood-burning fireplaces, pellet stoves and space heaters.  While they can be great sources of heat, you should take precautions to ensure that there is no risk of a fire, which can badly damage your home and belongings. Fireplace Safety Keep all flammable objects a safe distance away from the fire, typically a minimum...

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Winter Water Damage Woes: Protect Your Home from Damage this Season

The winter months can be particularly hard on homes, as the cold temperatures, ice and snow can leave behind devastating damage.  Being vigilant can help to prevent winter damage, ensuring that your home comes out of the season without any lasting problems. Frozen Pipes This is a common fear for any homeowner in New England.  Frozen pipes can quickly lead to flooding, as the pipe swells to the point of cracking.  Frozen pipes often occur during extreme cold weather in those...

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Winter Worries: Extreme Weather

Common Home Insurance Claims Seen During Extreme Weather The winter months, bringing snow and ice, can be fraught with threats of damage to your home.  From frozen pipes to a hail storm, extreme weather can take its toll leaving behind damage that may require filing a homeowner’s insurance claim.  While you can prepare your home for the winter, in some cases winter damage is inevitable.  The following are the most common areas of damage to the home seen during extreme winter...

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Preventing Fires: Kitchen Safety Tips this Holiday Season

This is the time of year when families come together often to enjoy a large meal with one another.  The meal preparation may not always go as planned.  In fact, this is also the time when there is an increase in accidents in the kitchen, including fires.  Taking the necessary safety precautions in the kitchen can minimize the risk of fire, so that everyone can enjoy the holidays together.

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Space Heater

Be Aware of These Home Heat Sources for Fire and Smoke Damage Prevention

A fire can develop and spread very quickly in a home.  Many homeowners may be putting their home at risk through everyday actions and not even realize it.  In some cases the fire and smoke damage could have been prevented if the homeowner was aware of heat sources in the home that could be increasing their risk. 

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Prevent Property Damage During Hurricane Season

Prevent Property Damage During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season, which runs from the first of June through the end of November, is well underway.  In New England the peak season for hurricanes is during the month of September.  From storm damage as a result of high winds to rising water levels and coastal surges, it isn’t unusual to experience property damage from hurricanes this time of year.  Those living on the coasts are particularly vulnerable to damage from a hurricane.  However, everyone should take some necessary precautions when...

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Disaster Planning

Make a Plan, Disaster Planning for Your Business

New England is far from immune to natural disaster.  From winter storms to flooding and hurricanes, it is important that you have a disaster plan in place to protect your business from this type of uncontrollable inclement weather.  A business struck by a natural disaster that is unprepared can be devastated, even beyond the point of recovery.

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Springs Rains Are Upon Us: Take Steps Now to Protect Your Home from Water Damage

The month of April is notoriously a rainy one.  The benefit of the rain will be seen in the signs of spring that are on their way; green grass, leaves sprouting on the trees and of course beautiful flowers.  But first we need to ensure that we get through the spring rains, part of which means protecting your home from water damage.  Taking the following precautions can ensure that your home makes it through the rainy season with no costly water damage.

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