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Tips On Preventing Cooking Fires

Costly disasters have a funny way of showing up. One of the biggest causes of fire damage is something that most people do every day: cooking! If you aren’t careful, you could end up giving yourself plenty of damage costs to deal with. The best way to stop cooking fires from happening is to take preventative measures to make sure that they don’t occur. But, what are the best things that you can do to help stop this issue from arising? We give you our best tips for preventing cooking fires below! Never...

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What Causes Chimney Soot Damage?

As a homeowner, extensive damages are the last thing that you want to think about. However, they should be on your mind! One of the biggest things that you can do to help avoid these damages revolves around understanding how they can come about in the first place. This way, you can enact preventative measures that decrease your chances of having to suffer the consequences! This is especially the case with chimney soot damage, which can take a lot to amend. So, what causes chimney soot damage?...

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Tips On Preventing Furnace Puffbacks

Especially the New England area, heating your home during the winter months is of great importance. There are plenty of great options to choose from, and one of the more popular ones is a furnace! However, just because it’s effective doesn’t mean it’s completely void of problems. If you’ve ever encountered a furnace puffback before, you’ll likely know how damaging it can be! This doesn’t mean that the problem can’t be avoided. We give you our best tips on how to prevent furnace puff backs this...

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How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

One of the most challenging times that your home will face as a New England homeowner is the winter. There are lots of things that you can do beforehand to ensure that your home is ready for the challenge, and you should absolutely do them to prevent any big problems from forming. Frozen pipes are a costly problem to have, so the best thing you can do is to try to prevent them before they happen. But what precautions can you take to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze during the wintertime? We...

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Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

Washing machines often need their own maintenance and cleaning.  There are some simple things that you can do that can make a huge difference in reducing wear and tear on your washer.  After all, washing machines are a big investment – and are very expensive.  You want to ensure you take good care of them so they can last a long time. Washing machines need to be cleaned every once in a while, which can help with smell, mold, and even mildew.   Washing Machine To-Do List When it comes...

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How To Prevent Ice Dams

We may only be a short while into fall, but don’t get complacent; winter is already on its way! Every season brings a new host of problems that your home could potentially face, and the upcoming season is no exception. However, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent these problems from occurring! Ice dams are a significant wintertime issue that could cost a lot to repair if you aren’t prepared for them. We’ll show you how to prevent ice dams before they start forming to save you the...

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How To Handle A Property Damage Insurance Claim

Getting disaster relief services on your home after water or fire damage is only one step of the process! You’ll also need to file a damage claim with your insurance company. Depending on who you ask, this is an even bigger pain than acquiring damage restoration services in the first place! There are a lot of things that you’ll need to keep in mind in order to ensure that your claim is successful. We’ll break down what you need to know about handling insurance claims below! Notify Your Homeowners...

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How To Prepare Your Home For Hurricane Season

With the fall months finally getting into full swing, your mind will likely wander to the most fun aspects of the season. Pumpkin-flavored drinks, fall foliage, and apple picking are some of the most fun activities you can do! However, as fun as the fall season is, there are a few critical things to watch out for. The main thing to keep in mind is that fall is the start of hurricane season. It can wreak havoc on your home if you aren’t properly prepared, so how do you ensure that this doesn’t...

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How To Deal With Leaky Windows

Your home’s windows can provide your home with a variety of different benefits. They can act as insulators that help control the temperature, drown out the hustle and bustle of the outside world, and protect your home from harsh weather conditions and pests. However, just because they provide benefits doesn’t mean that they aren’t foolproof. Leaky windows are a common problem to have around the storm season, and the water damage can exponentially increase if nothing is done about them. We show...

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Maintenance Checklist For the Fall Season

As the summer months start to draw to a close, the crisp air and multicolored leaves of fall draw ever closer. It’s also a time when you should start to plan ahead when it comes to home maintenance. As pretty of a season as fall can be, it has the potential to cause a lot of problems for your home if you aren’t careful. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t plan ahead! It’s important to have a checklist of things to do during the season. We break down the most important tasks to add to the...

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What To Do If Your Bathtub Is Overflowing

While you should always do your best to prevent disasters in your home, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be impossible to stop. Sometimes, problems with your home can arise without you even noticing! These types of disasters can lead to massive damage throughout the home if you don’t act quickly. This is especially true when it comes to water damage! Having your bathtub overflow is never a problem you want, but it’s an issue that has the potential to arise without your knowledge. If you’ve found...

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How To Prepare Your Home For Storm Season

There is nothing more important than the people you love when it comes to an emergency. All the materialistic things can be replaced with time. When you and your loved ones find yourself in an emergency situation, safety is the priority. Here are tips to keep your family and your home safe during a storm. Be Prepared If you have become aware that a storm is heading your way, it is best to have a plan set in place. Food and water should be a priority. There should be a stock of enough food...

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