Don’t Let Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution Increase Your Risk for Kitchen Fires

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for Americans is losing weight and eating healthier. In fact, weight-related goals were the most made resolution in 2017, according to statistics reported by Statistic Brain. That trend already continuing into this year and well into the future. But whether you’re someone who makes New Year’s resolutions or not, eating healthier may mean more meals will be cooked in your kitchen instead of eaten out or carried in. And as kitchen cooking increases, so does your risk for home fires. (more…)

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Quick Fixes for Roof Ice Dams

Frigid temperatures don’t exactly create the ideal setting to make outdoor home repairs. However, when the alternative is expensive damage to both your exterior and interior, you may just need to bundle up and bear the burden. (more…)

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Cold Weather Maintenance Checklist for Commercial Buildings

You already know commercial buildings and facilities require a lot of attention. And the necessary efforts escalate when the temperatures plummet. Snow, cold, ice, harsh winds and other winter elements can be problematic on your properties. Even if you took preventative measures during the warmer months to winterize your commercial buildings, you can’t let maintenance coast waiting until spring is in bloom. (more…)

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Fire Up Your Chimney Maintenance Routine

Cozying up to a crackling fire can bring the winter dream to life. But if your chimney and fireplace have not been properly maintained, those soothing moments of winter comfort can quickly go up in smoke. (more…)

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Winter Sewer Tips to Avoid Home Damage

Floods are often the culprit of home water damage, and even worse, sewer backup. And since flooding is more often associated with spring and summer, you may think you’re safe during the winter season. Not so. While heavy rainfall and flooding is a common cause of sewage line problems, they are certainly not the only factors at play. (more…)

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Stay a Step Ahead of Winter Storms

When the future forecast calls for winter storms, the heavy snowfall, ice, and plummeting temps can mean trouble ahead for your home. Before you bundle up indoors and wait for Mother Nature to do her worst, take a few precautionary steps to protect your home from costly and inconvenient damage. (more…)

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Costly Snow Removal Mistakes to Avoid with Your Commercial Building

When snow falls at your commercial property, removing it is a must in order to make entering and exiting the building and its parking lots accessible and safe. And when the snow really piles up, clearing it away is also important to the structural integrity of your commercial building.

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At the beginning of the season, when accumulations may be no more than a dusting, snow removal is a relatively simple service. However, as the season progresses, inches of the white stuff often creep up to feet and the addition of ice makes for slippery, unsafe surfaces. Suddenly the simple service just became a lot more complicated.
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Winter Weather Damage Prevention

November and December can already be an expensive time of year, given the holiday season. But when you add in the damage that can be caused by winter weather, your wallet could take an even bigger hit than expected.

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Snow, ice, wind, and cold may seem like the norm every winter season, but the Insurance Information Institute reports winter storms can create costly damages, with an an estimated $1 billion in insured losses in 2016 and about $30 billion in insured catastrophe losses between 1996 to 2015. (more…)

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Your Holiday Home Safety Checklist

The holidays make for a festive time of year, but the increased merriment can often mean hidden hazards. Decorations, holiday meals, guests, and traveling may seem harmless enough, but can actually leave you, your family, and your home vulnerable if precautions aren’t taken. So even though your holiday to-do list may seem to rival that of Santa’s naughty and nice list, if safety isn’t a top task, then your list is not complete. Take a tip from the big guy himself: Make a list and check it twice…we got you started. (more…)

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Can My Roof Hold Santa & His Sleigh?

While elves are busy making toys for good little girls and boys, your children might have some concerns about the logistics of Santa delivering their presents on Christmas Eve. After all, there are a lot of houses and children to visit in just a few hours, so the smoother the landing zone, the better! We thought we’d help you put your child’s mind at ease about your house being Santa-ready – specifically about making sure your roof is ready to hold Santa, his sleigh, and his eight tiny reindeer. (more…)

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