During this time of year homes in the Midwest are exposed to cold temperatures and large amounts of snow. These weather extremes can cause damage to our homes. Unfortunately, many homeowners learn too late.
Daylight Savings Time has ended and Old Man Winter is lurking around the corner. Time spent wandering around my yard, watering plants, and talking to neighbors is over. Here are 11 tips you can follow to help survive the dark and cold days of winter, and to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Remember Daylight Savings Time returns Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Colder temperatures are here which means many of us will begin using our fireplaces. There’s nothing more relaxing than settling in front of a warm fire with a good book on a chilly fall night. Before you light your first fire for the season, however, you should have your fireplace inspected. A proper inspection will identify potential defects, as well creosote buildup.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 202 children drowned this year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That horrific statistic equals 67 drownings per month.
Years of claim experience still haven’t prepared me from what can become the hardest and saddest property claim nightmare for a homeowner – the bad contractor. Whether the contractor is hired for maintenance, renovations, or to repair damage from a covered claim, turning a home or business property into the hands of an incompetent or downright fraudulent contractor is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. In the worst-case scenario, the result could be that significant funds are spent, the project is incomplete, AND additional damage is done to the home. Homeowners policies do have exclusions for faulty or defective workmanship. The best prevention is research.
Think about how many hours you are away from your home. Whether it is going to work everyday, a weekend getaway, or a family vacation, many of us are gone for an extended period of time. Now, imagine how you would feel if you came home after a nice relaxing vacation, or a weekend getaway to find water in your finished basement, or your living room ceiling collapsed, or water running down your stairs. Unfortunately, I have come home to a broken water main spraying thousands of gallons of water in my finished basement.
I recently wrote a blog about the things you should know about wood burning fires. One of the tips was about the importance of chimney inspections. While some products can cut down on creosote buildup, proper inspections and cleanings are the best ways to protect your home and family from a devastating fire.
Daylight savings time has ended and colder temperatures have arrived. Heating systems are running and we’re spending more time indoors. Now is the time to inspect or install two very important devices that should be in every home: smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
As the temperatures drop and colder seasons approach, many of us enjoy sitting by a cozy fire with our family and friends. To me there’s nothing like a toasty fire on a snowy winter night.