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

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

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

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