The curiosity of children is a wonder to behold. But children’s curiosity with fire and electricity is one childhood interest that needs to be closely managed. A lack of supervision or containment when children are free to explore flammable materials around the house could be a matter of life and death.… Read the rest
The Packers and Cowboys are locked in a classic. The Food Network has a “America’s Worst Chefs” marathon playing. I’m just 1,000 points away from a new record score on “Call of Duty.” We heard a voice calling us to enjoy this beautiful autumn day on the river. As Garfield would say, it’s a good Saturday afternoon for a nap.… Read the rest
Every backyard barbecuer dreams of being a grill master. Truth is, not everyone can be a four-time world barbecue champion Mike Mills. Most us are Average Joes just trying not to burn the hot dogs until they’re pitch black and extra crispy. Unfortunately, some barbecuers this season will fall dangerously asleep at the grill.… Read the rest
Des Moines. Cedar Rapids. Burlington. Dubuque. Interstate 80. Out of nowhere and without warning, sinkholes are appearing all over Iowa and often swallowing everything in their path. And you thought teenagers had a bottomless appetite.
This is no horror movie plot. This is reality for thousands of unsuspecting Midwest homeowners. As hundreds of evacuated homeowners in Fraser, Mich., discovered in December, sinkholes can strike anywhere.… Read the rest
As the House Stark would say, “Winter is coming.” And that’s not a blunt, true fact-of-life statement you want to be on the “not” side of the “ready or not” door.
And just because your home may look stunning as it basks in the late autumn glow as you pull into your driveway, looks can be deceiving.… Read the rest
Act Now & Save Money, Time & Discomfort Come Winter
Autumn is the season of falling leaves, kids returning to school, and football returning to fields nationwide.
And even though the calendar may seem as if it’s more packed than a school bus, fall is the perfect time to tackle home repair and maintenance projects before winter’s wrath sets in.… Read the rest
It’s the important home roof maintenance decisions we don’t make that come back to haunt us the most.
Our home’s first line of defense against the outside elements needs educated, fiscally-smart, attentive care to allow it to effectively do its job and stand up against nature’s often harsh wrath.
Performing regular roofing maintenance can extend your roof’s life by many years and enable to better protect the most important investment of your life.… Read the rest
On any given day, the average American home faces numerous potential damage and potential costly repair threats.
That means on any given day, the Average American homeowner faces numerous potential damage or costly repair headaches that can’t be fixed by a 1000 milligrams of Excedrin.
Keeping your home defended from the many threats it faces on a daily basis is an impossible task, but being aware and alert to the most common and likely threats your home faces can give you some peace of mind, and a ready response plan for when disaster strikes.… Read the rest
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
“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