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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

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

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

Carbon Monoxide (CO): The Silent Home Killer

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It’s often called the “silent killer.” Carbon Monoxide’s nickname is well-earned. It invades your home like an invisible man. You can’t see it, feel it, hear it or smell it.

CO is the No. 1 cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports carbon monoxide kills 450 people each year and is responsible for 20,000 emergency room visits. read more

Dirty Gutters Equal Expensive Home Headaches

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Life in the gutter isn’t easy, especially if you’re tasked with keeping your home dry and routing rainwater away from your residence.

When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? If the answer is only when they become loaded with leaves, that’s the wrong answer. We understand the words don’t scream excitement. Cleaning gutters is far from the most glamorous or fun way to spend an autumn Saturday afternoon, but it could be one of the most important home upkeep exercise you take this fall. read more

Can Your Wet Carpet Be Saved?

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One day your beautiful new custom-colored carpet is complementing your living room. One torrential flood later, your pricy home investment is a soaked, soggy mess lying under six inches of water.

As you race to find a Shop-Vac and the phone number of your restoration professional, you wonder nervously, “Can my carpet be saved?”  read more

How to Prevent a Wet or Flooded Basement This Spring

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You spend thousands of dollars refinishing your basement from a concrete dungeon into a relaxing and multi-dimensional living quarters.

You add a new recreation room – your very own man cave, a new home office, a new bedroom, a new bathroom and new laundry room, plus tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your house. read more

Fire’s Greatest Threat Lies in Winter

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The threat of fire never sleeps, and never is fire more likely to strike American homes than during the harsh cold of winter.

More fires occur during winter than any other time of year. The good news for home owners: Taking simple precautions can prevent most fires. Home fire awareness starts by ensuring you have properly working smoke detectors in the kitchen, on each floor and outside all bedrooms in your home. Test your smoke detectors at the beginning of every winter. Smoke detectors older than 10 years should be replaced with new units. read more

How to Remove Black Mold from Carpet and Walls

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For homeowners, there is probably no uglier site to discover – save for maybe coming home to find an army of termites devouring your deck — than black mold. The stuff is drearier than an all-day rain storm. It can appear out of nowhere and scar and uglify your attic, basement, porch and any dark area of your home prone to dampness. And left unchecked, mold can grow faster than a Chia Pet and spread like wildfire on drywall, wood, carpets, rugs and tile. read more