How To Crack Your Home’s Building Code

“This would have never had happened if you had followed the building code! A house shouldn’t collapse no matter how powerfully a wolf is blowing … “

– Greg the Insurance Adjuster to the Three Little Pigs in the newspaper comic strip WUMO by Mikael Wulff and Anders Margenthaler

Wondering if your home is up to code might be the world’s least exciting subject to give thought to.… Read the rest

Iowa’s Forecast Calling For Elevated Spring Flood Risk

Don’t Sit On Buying Flood Insurance For Your Home, the NWS Warns

An optimist would see Iowa’s chances of enduring major flooding this spring as a glass half empty.

The Good Lord willing, the Hawkeye State’s creeks and rivers won’t rise too mightily this spring. But the National Weather Service and weather experts are warning homeowners to be alert to elevated flood risks created by – you guessed it — this seemingly unending, hard, cold, snowy Iowa winter we’re still trapped in.Read the rest

Is Your Home Ready For The Wrath of Winter?

Forecasters predict ‘teeth-chattering cold’ and ‘plentiful snow’ for Hawkeye State

Beware and prepare, for the Weather Grinch is back.

Winter is coming in like a lion in Iowa, leaving many owners of older homes wondering if their houses will hold up like fierce lions, or tap out like lambs.

Old Man Winter rarely goes easy on the Hawkeye State’s homes, and for homes unprepared for the fury of the coldest months and most brutal weather of the year, our Magic Weather 8-Ball foresees costly trouble ahead.Read the rest

Iowa’s CO Protection Plan

New State Law Requiring Detectors Designed To Give Homeowners Safe Guard Against Silent Killer

No warning. No trace. No odor. No chance.

Like a grim reaper in the night, carbon monoxide claims the lives of 430 unsuspecting Americans per year, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Controls statistics.

Thankfully, Iowa homeowners will get protection against a silent killer under a new state law.… Read the rest