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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Make Sure You’re Insured Before Winter’s Fury Sets In

“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

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Winterize Your Home Before Winter Does

“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” ~ Author Sinclair Lewis

From the bitter winds of fall to the chilly rains of November to the snow storms and blizzards of December and January to the brutal arctic freeze of February, winter’s wrath can do a number on homes. And no homes feels winter’s bitterly cold brutality like unprepared homes, who also have to deal with the headaches of higher energy prices, busted pipes, potential pest intruders and failing furnaces.… Read the rest

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