How to Survive Black Water Nightmares

It’s called black water for good but dirty reasons.

Sewage is a smelly, ugly toxic nightmare that comes to ugly life for thousands of American homeowners each year. You haven’t known pure plumbing terror until you’ve walked down to check on your basement after a storm and discovered a terrifying black mass of raw sewage invading from the drainage pipe.… Read the rest

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Spring Prime Time to Review Home Fire Safety Check List

“A spark neglected makes a mighty fire.”
– Poet Robert Herrick

As spring prepares its welcome dawn on the American Midwest and families prepare for spring cleaning season for the scary thought of finding out just what’s been gathering dust in the attic, it’s a prime time to go over smart home fire prevention measures, for as a popular fire proverb reminds us, fire takes no holiday.… Read the rest

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Warning Signs of Home Foundation Problems

Houses settle overtime, and a little foundation unevenness isn’t cause for panic. But when cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, floors begin to slope, and windows that used to open and close easily begin to stick or not close, there are growing foundation issues at play.

The Top 10 signs your home is resting on shaky ground are:

  • Uneven or sloping floors
  • Cracks in exterior or interior brick
  • Displaced or cracked moldings
  • Wall rotation
  • Cracks in walls or bowing of walls
  • Cracks in floor, floor tiles or foundation
  • Doors and windows not closing properly
  • Space between walls and ceilings and floors
  • Walls separating from the house

The longer a homeowner sits on a foundation problem, the greater the cracks in their home’s structural integrity become.… Read the rest

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‘Tis the Season of Home Candle Fires

Alas, the season of lights is also the season of home candles fires.

Candles are one of the most beautiful, atmospheric and romantic ways to celebrate the holiday season at home. They are also one of the greatest home safety threats of the holiday season.

“Let’s not forget: a candle is an open flame,” cautions Lisa Braxton of the National Fire Prevention Association.… Read the rest

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The Beautiful Danger of Real Christmas Trees

“Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.” – John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

Few treasures and traditions of the season say Christmas better than enjoying a live Christmas tree in the living room.

Sipping egg nog by the fire and wrapping and placing presents under an authentic Christmas tree is the stuff Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra Christmas classics are made of.… Read the rest

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Can Your Roof Withstand Winter’s Snowy Fury?

Your roof is your home’s first and most important line of defense against winter’s biggest and costliest headache: Snow.

If winter’s many storms give you migraines, imagine how your roof, the most essential part of your home’s construction, feels. For every blizzard dropping 10-12 inches of new snow (equal to one inch of water), your roof is holding up not just your home, but five pounds of snow per square foot.… Read the rest

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