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Tips On Maintaining Your Household Appliances

With the amount of water damage or fire damage that your household appliances can cause, enacting preventative measures is always a good idea! Regular maintenance of your appliances will help you to avoid the worst-case scenario and even extend their lifespans. However, maintaining a lot of appliances is a big job. You should be familiar with the most crucial maintenance tasks for each appliance. Below, we’ll give you our expert tips on maintaining some of the most popular appliances for your...

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Tips On Preventing Basement Flooding

Did you know that hurricanes and severe storms aren’t the only causes of basement flooding? It should go without saying that this is a problem that you want to avoid! Water damage can cause a lot of destruction for your property – not to mention creating the right set of conditions for mold to thrive! The best way to avoid dealing with this problem is to enact the right preventative measures throughout the year. The water extraction experts at Soil-Away know all of the tips and tricks to...

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The Most Common Locations For Home Mold Growth

Out of all of the problems that homeowners would want to deal with, we’re willing to bet mold growth isn’t high on the list! Especially since it is one of the world’s most common allergens, it’s not to be taken lightly. It can even cause structural issues if it is allowed to spread! The best way to avoid any of the problems associated with mold growth is through prevention. Knowledge is key for this purpose, so you should have an idea of where mold most commonly grows. We’ll give you a guide...

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Tips On Preventing Spring Basement Flooding

The spring months are almost here, which means that the time of warmer weather is approaching! While this is a good thing on the surface, in order to take full advantage of it, you’ll need to prepare yourself for the potential problems it can create. Basement flooding is a serious issue that tends to plague homeowners during the spring, and preventing this from happening can save you from some devastating water damage down the road. Below, we’ll highlight the best tips to prevent basement flooding...

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Causes & Solutions For Ice Dams

The winter season tends to cause a lot of problems for homeowners! Without the proper preventative measures, you could end up paying a lot more than you anticipated for repairs from water damage and ice. One of the biggest pain points for homeowners during the winter is ice dams. If these end up forming, they can be expensive to remove and cause serious damage if allowed to grow. The best way to stop ice dams is to prevent them from happening altogether, which means understanding the causes of...

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What Causes Burst Pipes?

Water damage is a problem that no homeowner wants to deal with, and this is especially the case when those damages occur within your home’s structure! Burst pipes can be a disaster for homeowners, leading to devastation within your walls, leaking, and even mold growth. So, how can you deal with this problem? In order to avoid the worst-case scenario, you should have good familiarity with the most common causes of burst pipes. We’ll go over what can lead to this problem occurring so you can enact...

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Preparing Your Home For Winter

The key to having a successful winter season in your home is to plan well in advance for it. Believe it or not, many of the issues brought about by the winter months can be avoided if you properly prepare for it. However, getting this practice right is easier said than done! You only get one shot at doing it right before the season catches on. So, what can your home do to avoid costly property damages and repairs this winter? We give our expert advice on preparing for the seasonal challenges...

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2023 Fall Maintenance Checklist

Proper home maintenance during the fall months doesn’t necessarily revolve around the current season! Because fall is one of the milder seasons in terms of climate, it’s a great opportunity to prepare your property for the harsher seasons ahead. Especially in an area like the Northeast, winters can be especially brutal. Making sure that your home is prepared for the challenges that lie ahead is paramount. But what tasks should you be focusing on this fall to give your home the best protection...

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The Dos & Don’ts of Hurricane Preparation

As the fall months start to get into full swing, so too does the beginning of hurricane season! In order to protect your home and belongings from the costly water damage storms like these can bring, you’ll need to ensure that your home has the proper fortifications. You shouldn’t try to do this completely on your own! There are several mistakes that can worsen the extent of the damage once the dust has settled. We’ll give you our expert advice on what to do – and not to do – in terms...

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Can Too Much Humidity Cause Mold Growth?

Mold is known as one of the most common allergens in the United States! Its health effects on the general public can vary from person to person, but it’s an eyesore and a serious issue regardless of how you look at it. The best way to stop mold growth is to prevent it from happening in the first place, and that involves knowing what conditions cause it to thrive. So, how does humidity factor into this equation? We’ll explain more about the relationship between humidity and mold growth below! What...

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The Most Common Home Appliance Problems

Home appliances can make a significant impact on your quality of life. They make everyday tasks around the house significantly easier. In some cases, a household appliance is required for these types of tasks! However, home appliances aren’t foolproof. Many home appliances can malfunction, causing significant water or fire damage to your home. In order to prevent these worst-case scenarios from occurring, it’s important to understand the most common problems with appliances so you can work...

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Why Does Water Keep Flooding Into My Basement?

Water damage is one of the biggest pain points that a homeowner will have to experience. This is especially the case if floodwaters infiltrate your basement. Not only is it difficult to remove, but it can be confusing to pinpoint what exactly caused it. If you’ve had a recurring problem with basement flooding, it’s important to identify the cause to prevent future problems. We’ll show you how to identify the cause of basement flooding and take steps to prevent it below! Main Causes Of Basement...

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