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Tips to Avoid Tree Damage to Your Home

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Even The Mightiest Oak Tree Needs The Occasional Haircut

There’s few more welcoming and soothing features in American yards than a mighty oak, dogwood or maple tree offering shade, comfort and beauty to your home’s landscape. Having a beloved generations old tree older than your home is having your own living Norman Rockwell painting.

Alas, like children, trees need care and nurturing as they age. Unfortunately, trees, like people, aren’t designed to live forever. And as trees reach their golden years, it becomes harder for them to withstand nature’s wrath as wind, thunder and rain storms can turn aging, dying and overhanging branches into costly weapons that can damage your home and endanger your family’s safety. read more

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The House Whisperer: How to Know What Your Home Is Telling You

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Many a home owner has wondered, “If these walls could only talk?”

The truth is, our homes talk to us every day. We just need to listen to the stories, worries, and problems the old gal is telling us.

Anyone can be a house whisperer.

By listening to the noises our houses emit, we can get a vivid picture of their overall structural, electrical and anesthetic health. Houses groan, creak and pop on a regular basis. They are built from a variety of different materials — glass, concrete and wood – that create a symphony of unusual and erratic noises. read more

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CO Alarms Our Only Fair Warning Against The Silent Killer

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No fair warning, invisible to human senses, no mercy on unsuspecting families.

The vicious traits of carbon monoxide make it one of one of the most ruthless and dangerous threats to American families. Known as the invisible killer, CO is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. A natural byproduct of many household appliances including hot water heaters, grills, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves and room heaters, CO can strike unsuspectingly in kitchens, in garages and in living rooms and kills in minutes. read more

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Don’t Roll the Dice on Your Home’s Smoke Detectors

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“It ain’t want you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~ Mark Twain

Don’t sleep on uncertainty, especially when you could be waking up to the very real and smoky nightmare of your home in flames.

A home smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and regularly tested. And the cost of not regularly checking the batteries in your home’s fire protection system is often deadly. read more

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The Weather Rules of Autumn: Never Sleep On Home Flooding Threats

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“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” – Mark Twain

One August night, an unsuspecting Iowa homeowner goes to sleep under overcast, but non-threatening skies.

The next morning, she wakes up with two inches of water in her basement as the ruthless might of a torrential overnight storm invaded her home. read more

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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

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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

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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

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“No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.” – Author Hal Borland

We’ve weathered the snow storms, endured the cold and survived the woes of the calendar’s cruelest months. Even the notorious winter-loving Punxsutawney Phil has shed his shadow and is saying bring on spring. read more

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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

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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

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