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Ice Dams – Causes and Prevention

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 7, 2014 10:37:00 AM

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.

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11 tips to help you survive the end of Daylight Savings Time

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 5, 2013 9:07:00 AM

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.

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Prevent heating fires in your home

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 29, 2013 10:34:00 AM

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.

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Tips for pool and spa safety during the off-season

Posted by Scott Stueber on Sep 24, 2013 10:02:00 AM

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.

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Throwing good money away on bad contractors

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jun 11, 2013 8:14:00 AM

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.

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Six tips to protect your home from water damage

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 14, 2013 8:56:00 AM

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.

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Hiring a chimney sweep can save time, money, and your home!

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 27, 2012 10:04:00 AM

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.

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Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives!

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 13, 2012 8:46:00 AM

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.

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10 tips to help prevent candle fires in your home

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 23, 2012 8:26:00 AM

October is Fire Prevention Month. Each year, an average of 370,000 reported home fires result in $6.9 billion in damages. When you add candle fires to that total, it translates to an average of 42 calls a day for a typical fire department!

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A clean chimney can save your home and your family!

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 1, 2012 7:00:00 AM

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.

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