How Decluttering Can Make Your Home Safer

Women Decluttering her house

Have you ever considered that clutter could be harmful to your health? Home organization experts have long recommended decluttering as a way to make your home a safer, more pleasant place to live. Here’s why a decluttered home is a hazard-free home. Decluttering Reduces Fire Hazards It’s easy for piles of paper, stacks of boxes, and other combustibles to build… Continue reading

Getting Your Home Ready for Spring

Dad and boy getting the yard ready

Spring brings a welcome increase in temperatures. Still, March is the start of severe weather season. Is your home ready for rapidly changing conditions? Make preparations now to “spring clean” your home and help your family make it through even the worst spring storms. Clean and tighten the gutters: Remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter so rainwater… Continue reading

Protect Your Home from Strong Winds

Sign about high winds

Wind is one of the most destructive forces on the planet, and spring is known for its severe weather bringing large storm systems, heavy rain and dangerous winds. Whether you live in Tornado Alley, a hurricane region, or somewhere prone to windstorms, follow these tips to protect your home from strong winds. Trim Your Trees Be proactive and arrange to… Continue reading

Protect Your Home from Snowmelt

Protect Your Home from Snowmelt

Snow is beautiful to watch while it’s falling, but it can prove problematic once it lands. After all, no one enjoys shoveling sidewalks or plowing streets. Once the snow starts to melt, it leaves behind slush, ice, mud and water. Snowmelt can even damage your roof, foundation and basement if those are not adequately protected. How to Protect Against Melting… Continue reading

DIY Moisture Control

Condensation on window

Do you see condensation on your windowpanes? Are you bothered by a constant musty odor? Do your allergy or asthma symptoms worsen at home? These are all signs of high humidity. Fortunately, you can restore the optimum humidity level to reduce the risk of water damage and mold growth with do-it-yourself moisture control. What is the Ideal Indoor Humidity? Indoor… Continue reading

Where Does the Water Go?

circle water waves

Water can seep through any crack or crevice, no matter how small. Porous objects also absorb it and become soggy, rotten, and moldy over time. To make matters worse, water damage is often hidden from view, occurring behind walls or under floors. Detect structural damage before it’s too late by checking these places where water likes to hide. Under the… Continue reading

Mold—Removal vs. Remediation

Black mold in the corner of room wall

If the mere thought of mold makes you recoil in disgust, you may be appalled to find fuzzy, slimy, or powdery mold growth throughout your house. Should you take steps to simply remove the mold, or is remediation the better choice? Learn the difference between the two so you can combat your mold problem correctly. Understanding Mold Mold growth may… Continue reading

Different Categories of Water Damage

Flooding rainwater or floor heating systems, causing damage, peeling paint and mildew.

A flooded home is never a good thing, and can cause serious damage if not treated immediately. The steps you must take to clean up the damage though depend on what category of water has infiltrated your home. Category 1: Clean Water Flooding from leaky appliance hoses, faulty toilet tanks, melting snow and rainwater can lead to Category 1 damage.… Continue reading

Choosing a Restoration Contractor

restoration contractor

If your home is damaged in a fire, flood, or natural disaster, the restoration contractor you hire can make all the difference during the recovery process. Follow these tips to help you choose the best company for the job. Seek Recommendations Start by asking friends and neighbors about the restoration contractors they have used in the past. If you file… Continue reading

Outdoor Winter Activities to Help You Stay Active When It’s Cold

A woman hiking alone in the woods

When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, it’s easy to go for a run or do laps in the neighborhood pool. Things aren’t so simple during the doldrums of winter, especially when the coronavirus pandemic still has many indoor pools and gyms closed. This may have you wondering—what outdoor winter activities are available? Here are some ideas… Continue reading