Survival Guide for Iowa Floods of 2016

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Iowa is under siege from rising, raging rivers and thousands of home and business owners are wondering how they are going to survive the floods of 2016.

A deluge of rain storms have pummeled the Eastern half of the Hawkeye State and have Iowa’s rivers overflowing their banks and invading towns and cities from Decorah to Iowa City. Greene alone became a floating city after being ravaged by 14 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Disaster declarations have been declared in 13 counties in Iowa and Wisconsin. read more

Can Solar Power Work Financial Wonders For Your Home Or Business?

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There is no greater energy source in the solar system than the sun, which makes it the perfect energy savings force for homes and businesses.

Millions of American home and business owners have turned to the natural power of solar energy, but just how much savings can solar energy bring your home or business? PV Solar panels offer clean, green energy with none of the harmful emissions produced by traditional energy sources like gas and electricity. read more

Get To Know Your Water Heater Before It’s Too Late

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Under-appreciated, but a priceless ally in the war against cold showers, water heaters rarely get the love they deserve.

And unfortunately, time is not on the side of aging, tired and worn water heaters. Alas, unlike a fine wine, most water heaters don’t get better with age.

And if you’re noticing water welling up near your water heater or carpet in the room next door, it’s already too late: Your water heater can’t be saved. read more

Lightning: The Unpredictable Home & Property Threat

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Lighting can strike anywhere, anytime. And if there’s one constant about lightning’s remarkable unpredictability, its timing is rarely good.

Unless you’re Marty McFly and Doc Brown trying to find a way to get back to 1985 in “Back To The Future,” lightning strikes rarely deliver good news. And when lightning strikes your home or property, it can produce not just a scary light show, but shockingly expensive damage. read more

Insurance Only Safe Ground Against this Spring’s Heavy Rains

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April 28, 2016: An estimated 140 billion gallons of water pour down on Houston’s Cypress Creek, Spring Creek and Adicks watersheds in a mere 14 hours.

“So this is what Noah felt like.” – Many a flood-weary Houston homeowner this spring

This spring, the rain just won’t go away.

From the drenched Eastern Seaboard to the soaked Midwest to Marshy Plains to flood-ravaged Texas and storm-battered Gulf Coast, much of the mainland United States has been swamped by relentless rain that just won’t quit. The poor folks in Houston received an incredible 75 inches of rain from April 18 through May 17, 2016. read more

Are Your Ducts In Order?

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When was the last time any of us thought about our home or office’s air ducts?

Unless you’re a home heating and cooling professional, the answer is probably never. But our home’s ventilation system is often the chief culprit behind poor indoor air quality. And if your family, tenants or workforce are having difficulty breathing, your property’s livability and workability is extremely compromised. read more

Great Winter Flood of 2016 Threatens Midwest Homes & Businesses

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Along the lower Mississippi River todays lies stunning, costly, heartbreaking and immensely painful images of the destruction and devastation floodwaters have inflicted on thousands of Midwest U.S. home and business owners, their families, employees and customers.

The Mighty Mississippi’s waters continue to rise to record levels in many low-lying areas in Missouri and Illinois as the overflowing river continues its push south, leaving scores of flooded and destroyed homes and businesses in its wake. The National Weather Service measured the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, Mo., at an all-time flood record of 48.86 feet in early January. read more

No House on a Shaky Foundation Has a Solid Future

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No house built on a shaky foundation has a solid future.

It’s a harsh truth and sinking feeling many American homeowners discover every day. Shifting soil can lead to an avalanche of foundation issues and costly home repairs. A recent New York Times study found that stabilizing and shoring up foundations costs homeowners more than $4 billion annually. The cost of installing subterranean piers to stabilize a foundation can run north of $10,000. A whole new foundation – or a complete home reset – can produce a $40,000 bill. HomeAdvisor reports the average cost of a foundation repair is $3,772. read more