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Tips to make sure your sump pump is ready for spring [Infographic]

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

According to Tom, West Bend claims manager, March, April, and May are typically heavy volume months for sump pump claims. Significant temperature fluctuations in the late winter and early spring months can result in a lot of pooling water and saturated soil. As a result, sump pump claims often come in fast and furiously.

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Staying Secure While Staying Connected

Posted by Scott Stueber on Feb 13, 2018 10:09:53 AM

Smart home technology use is a rising trend. From connected appliances to Wi-Fi lightbulbs to automated environmental controls, smart home devices are wooing homeowners with the capabilities to remotely control and monitor their home from anywhere.

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The dangers of hoarding and how it affects insurance coverage

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 9, 2018 9:57:55 AM

Hoarding has not only become a popular topic for media coverage, it's also a trending topic in the insurance industry. Because it's more prevalent in our society today, Jenny Bischoff senior personal lines underwriter will explain the practice of hoarding and how it affects insurance coverage and claims.

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How to Maximize Privacy on Winter Nights

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 2, 2018 9:08:23 AM

Let's face it – winter presents many problems for homeowners. From cold temperatures that make heating systems work overtime, to snow and ice that clog driveways, gutters, and walkways, winter creates a wide range of challenges that can cost time and money. But that’s not all—winter can make it tough to maintain privacy as well. Thanks to winter’s short days and long nights, homeowners need well-lit homes during active evening hours. That’s why it’s important to have effective window treatments—blocking the view in from the outside.

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire … including your garage

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 7, 2017 10:03:04 AM

Now that fall is officially here, it's time to prepare your home for the cold weather like putting on the storm doors, cleaning your gutters, and tuning up the furnace. And don’t forget your garage! Did you know most garage fires occur in January and February?

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Five tips for selecting, installing, and maintaining your furnace filter

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 24, 2017 9:45:58 AM

Shorter days, blowing leaves, and cooler temperatures are reminders that winter is coming. If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to get your “To Do” list completed. Raking leaves, painting house trim, and cleaning out flower beds are just a few of the tasks I have remaining.

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Pools vs. Ponds: Protect yourself from a liability claim

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jun 20, 2017 11:32:17 AM

Pools and ponds can make for fun in the sun for you, your family, and friends, but they can also be a liability hazard and attract unwanted guests. It doesn't matter if you have an in-ground or above-ground pool or a pond on your property; you have a liability exposure with all of them.

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How to Safeguard Your Roof From Hazardous Weather

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Nothing puts you on edge like a big storm. Whether it’s pounding rain and crashing thunder or a blizzard that knocks out the power for days, nasty weather can have you questioning your family’s fundamental security—and the steadfastness of the home that keeps you safe.

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Is there an unknown fire hazard in your electrical panel?

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 2, 2017 10:06:28 AM

The electrical load on a household has significantly increased in the last 50 years. Today most people have at least one computer, several televisions, gaming systems, cell phones … all requiring electricity. According to the US Census Bureau, more than half the homes in the US were constructed before 1970, before many of these modern conveniences were invented. Amy Justman, personal lines senior underwriter, will explain if your house is at risk.

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Prevent garage hazards from harming your family

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With nicer weather on the way, we'll start seeing a flurry of activity in our neighborhoods. Neighbors will begin walking/running, grilling out, and starting yard cleanup to deal with what Mother Nature left behind.

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