Best Defense Against Hail’s Unpredictable Fury: Be Prepared

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“I grew up in Texas, but that was (long) ago. Last year (2016) in Fort Worth, they had hail the size of softballs. We’re seeing more and more powerful storms, of all types, almost on a biblical level,” Late Actor Bill Paxton (“Twister”)

Ice fell from the sky above Vivian, S.D., without warning and mercy on July 23, 2010. Dropping fast and furious with deep, damaging impact, giant hailstones measuring a U.S. record eight inches in diameter and weighing nearly two pounds indented everything in their path. read more

Winter’s Unseen Costly Hurt On Homes

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Old Man Winter’s Worst Damage Often Doesn’t Appear Until Spring

The good news for winter-weary Iowans: Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil (who, rumor has it, has been put in the Groundhog Protection Program by the FBI for his own safety) says, spring is coming.

But what cost this winter’s ruthless savagy has inflicted upon your home remains to be seen.

“We’ve had horror stories of people going outside and working in the yard for four hours and they come in and go downstairs and their basement is flooded because it (the pipe) has been leaking for four hours,” Jack Hope, owner of Hope Plumbing, told the Indianapolis Star. read more

Beware the Grinch Home Fires that Steal Christmas

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Aunt Bethany: “Is your house on fire, Clark?”
Clark Griswold: “No Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.”

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Alas, The Grinch That Stole Christmas isn’t just a timeless Dr. Seuss classic. It’s the heartbreaking true story thousands of American families will suffer through this holiday season

Residential house fires are more frequent, more costly and deadlier during the holiday season than any other time of the year. The United States Fire Association reports property loss from a holiday fire produces 34 percent more damage than an average fire. The number of holiday fire fatalities per thousand fires is almost 70 percent higher. When the source of the fire is a highly flammable Christmas tree, the cost in lives and property loss is even worse. read more

Home Heat-Loss Prevention Tips During the Cold Winter Months

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If your house is so cold this winter, you’re opening the refrigerator to heat the place, your home may be singing “Ice Ice Baby.”

If your house is so cold this winter ice cubes are coming out of the faucet, your home may be doubling as Mr. Freeze’s lair from “Batman.”

If your house is so cold this winter your family is huddling in the freezer to stay warm, your home may becoming a not so wonderful winter wonderland only a Grinch could love. read more

Don’t Be Shocked By The Rising Cost of Home Ownership

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Most homeowners know the toughest rule of the American Dream: the meter is always running.

The U.S. Census Bureau pegs the average cost of running a household at $1,408 per month. That’s a daily homeownership cost of nearly $47. The cost of your mortgage, home maintenance, insurance and utilities adds up fast. Unfortunately, there are some shocking home costs that are rising seemingly as fast as the sun on tomorrow. Every home owner should be aware of these very real and sometimes very pricy home ownership costs: read more

Vacation Checklist to Help Keep Your Home Safe & Disaster-Free

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Many a distracted frantic American vacationer leave their homes each day without so much double-checking to see if they locked the front door or turned off the kitchen lights.

While not as absent-minded as Peter and Kate McAllister famously leaving their son Kevin “Home Alone,” many U.S. travelers are so naturally consumed with preparing and packing for their trip they fail to complete a comprehensive home safety checklist before departing for their destination. The National Travel and Tourism Office reports more than 66 million Americans traveled abroad in 2016. How many left their homes in truly safe condition? read more

Crossing Wires

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How To Unravel The Confusion & Problems Posed By A Complex & Faulty Home Wiring System

A week after moving into his new house, Bill Anderson opened the aging light fixture wire box and immediately thought he was in a scene from an action movie.

Electrical Wires, yellow, red and white, crisscrossed everywhere above the lights on his three seasons room. Just like a bomb squad ace trying to decide which wire to cut, Anderson didn’t know where to start as he began the confusing process of replacing his lights. Even MacGyver would be stumped. read more

Hurricane Harvey Lesson: Don’t Fight Floods Without Insurance

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Arguably, the greatest lesson Hurricane Harvey and the monstrous Category 5 Hurricane Irma have taught American homeowners is don’t chance living in a flood plain without flood insurance.

The powerhouse combined force of two of the strongest hurricanes on record have left tens of thousands of Americans homeless, ruined up two one million cars, and wrecked devastating property and financial destruction in both Texas and Florida. read more