Best Spring Basement Flooding Defense Is A Good Offense

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In your front yard, once mighty snow mountains are melting. In the side yard, ice glaciers are turning to watery mush. In the back yard, hardy early spring rains are naturally constructing a small river.

The thaw is on in full force.

The signs of changing seasons are everywhere. Exiting Stage Left is the lousiest Iowa winter in years, entering the picture is the promise of spring, but also the scariest words of the new season:  Spring flooding. read more

How To Beat The Iowa Winter Home Pipe Freeze

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As the thermostat plunges further toward zero, the nervous Iowa homeowner prays to St. Sebaldus, the Patron Saint of Fighting Cold Weather, that her home’s aging water supply pipes can withstand the latest polar plunge of a relentless Iowa winter.

For many Iowans with older homes, this is a heartbreaking fact of brutal Iowa winters. All it takes is one sub-freezing temperature plunge to ice pipes. The University of Illinois’ Building Research Council reports the “temperature alert threshold” – the temperature at which pipes are vulnerable to freezing – is 20 degrees Fahrenheit, especially for pipes running through uninsulated spaces. When the air temperature around water pipes drops, the heat from water inside the pipes transfers out to the cold air. This can happen anytime the air surrounding the pipes dips below 32 degrees (also known as The Freezing Line).

The U.S. Department of Energy reminds all Americans that this time of year “your pipes are vulnerable.” To learn if your pipes are vulnerable to freezing or bursting, read this helpful article. read more

Behold Savings Power of New Year’s Home Energy Resolutions

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These Easy-To-Keep 2019 Efficiency Goals Will Keep Money In Your Wallet & Out Of Your Bill

The invisible dollars we don’t see floating from our homes and out of all wallets can be mind-blowing when we finally sit and break down what our home’s energy usage is costing us.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the average Iowa home owner’s electric bill runs $102.55 per month. That’s $1,228.60 per year, or one full two week paycheck for the average Iowan. The EIA estimates the average American home consumes 10,3999 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy a year, making it, as House Logic jokes, “a glutton (that) gobbles energy like a starved elephant.” read more

Beware The Most Deadly Fire Season of Year

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Don’t Let Your Family Become A Tragic Holiday Statistic

The heartcrushing headlines could come from Any Town, Iowa.

December 23, 2017

DAVENPORT, Iowa: Kelsey Clain and her four children perish when their mobile home catches fire. Authorities report the Clain family had no working smoke detectors in their home.

Christmas Day, 2017

BLUE GRASS, Iowa: Four people die in a house fire just 15 miles from the Quad Cities. Again, firefighters site non-functional smoke detectors as a key contributor to the fire’s deadly toll. read more

How To Avoid A Home Heist

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Investing In A Smart Home Security System A Must To Defend Against ‘Creatures of Opportunity’

Chances are, in the time you spend reading this story, 9 to 10 American homes will be burglarized.

A home heist occurs every 13 seconds in the United States, according to FBI statistics. That equals an average of over a million residential burglaries a year leaving an average dollar loss of $2,316.20. read more

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