It falls out of the sky faster than an Aroldis Chapman fastball often without warning and with no regard for the property and personal damage its about to inflict on its unsuspecting victims. Asteroids – which at least provide fair advance warning of their intentions – show more concern for the objects in their path than hail.… Read the rest
Kids call them dumb windows.
If one of your home’s less desirable features are drafty, aging, old school windows, chances are they are letting more than warm air escape. Dollars can literally being flying out of your wallet daily. Drafty windows lead to higher home energy costs that can be scarier than a teenager’s monthly cell phone bill.… Read the rest
“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
What do hospital gowns and insurance policies have in common?
You’re never covered as much as you think you are.
For homeowners, there are few worse surprises in life than finding out the disaster you think is covered in your home insurance is nowhere to be found in the fine print.… Read the rest
Fire’s threat to families has never burned hotter or faster.
Call it the Three-Minute Fire Warning.
That’s the average amount fire experts say the typical family has to safely evacuate their home and escape a house fire, according to a January 14, 2016 Rossen Reports investigative special on NBC’s Today Show.… Read the rest
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
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
“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
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
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
If only winter’s wrath stopped at slick sidewalks, frosted windshields and shoveling the driveway.
Last year winter-caused insurance catastrophes put a $2.3 billion hurt on American home, auto and business owners according to the Insurance Information Institute. That migraine-enducing and checkbook-numbing number more than doubled the damage caused by the winter of 2013.… Read the rest