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

Don’t Let Your Water Softener Fight Hard Water Alone

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If only everything in life was as low-maintenance and efficient at its job as a water softener.

A trusted, quiet friend and worker bee for home owners, water softeners rarely act up and only require the occasional bag of salt to do their job. Capturing hard water minerals as they pass through their tanks, water softeners apprehend harmful harm water, allowing only soft water to pass through the system. read more

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

Washing Machine Home Flooding Prevention Plan

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When washing machines go to the dark side, they usually go bad, super bad, a cat trying to keep its footing during a tornado bad.

We’re not just talking about wet laundry here. We’re talking about a flooded house.

According to a Roto-Rooter study, most household floods and water damage are caused by plumbing or appliance failure. The damage for these disasters can up to hundreds and even tens of thousands of dollars. read more

Unlocking Code to Big Home Energy Savings an Easy Formula

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Every American homeowner would love to make their home’s energy use smarter, greener, more efficient, and mostly importantly, cheaper. The sometimes Rubik’s Cube-like problem: Not nearly enough Americans know how far simple home energy source changes can go in saving their home and wallets unnecessary energy costs. And you don’t have to go all Jack Benny or Penny Pincher to roll in the savings. read more