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Wildfire Preparation and Survival Tips

The damage caused by wildfires worsens every year as droughts become more common and communities pop up near or within wildland areas. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that more than 58,000 wildfires burned across the US in 2018, destroying over 25,000 structures, including 18,000 homes. California was the hardest-hit state last year, but wildfires occur coast… Continue reading

Remediating Crawl Space Mold

Does your house have an unfinished space below the main living area? Crawl spaces and basements are prized for adding extra storage and square footage to a home, but they are also prime locations for mold to grow. Learn more about crawl space mold, why it matters and how to prevent it. What is Crawl Space Mold? All types of… Continue reading

My Tree is Sick: What Should I Do?

Trees are some of the most desirable aspects of your yard. They provide shade, act as windbreakers, produce fresh air and beautify the landscape. The trouble starts when a tree becomes diseased. Here’s how to tell your tree is sick, how to treat it and ways to prevent tree diseases in the future. Symptoms of a Sick Tree Watch for… Continue reading

The Importance of Fire Protection Equipment

As a responsible home or business owner, it’s vital to prepare for a possible fire. This means having the proper fire protection equipment installed and in good working order. Here are four different kinds of fire safety equipment that can protect your home or business. Smoke Detectors Every home and business should have smoke detectors. If your unit starts beeping,… Continue reading

FAQs About Mold and Your Health

Mold is a vital part of the decomposition process. It breaks down dead plant and animal matter and recycles it into the environment. However, mold growing in your house can be harmful to your health. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about mold and its effect on you and your family. How and where am I exposed… Continue reading

How to Slow the Spread of a House Fire

It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to grow into a full-blown fire. In two minutes, the fire could become life-threatening. And after just five minutes, the entire house could be engulfed in flames. Learn more about how fire spreads throughout a building and tips to slow it down. How Does Fire Spread? Once a building fire… Continue reading

Household Pollutants that are Hazardous to Your Health

You recognize the importance of eating clean food and drinking clean water, but breathing clean air is equally vital to your health. After all, you inhale thousands of gallons of air each day, so it’s no surprise that the contents of that air can have a significant effect. If you’re like most people, you spend 90 percent or more of… Continue reading

How to Avoid Exposure to Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire Preparation Day was on May 4. Even if you missed this unofficial start to fire season, it’s not too late to consider how you should protect yourself from poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke. After all, fires can rage across the country all summer long, producing smoke that causes burning eyes, sinus irritation and difficulty breathing. The most… Continue reading

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Removing Mold

Many homeowners attempt to remove mold themselves rather than hiring a professional. Remember, if there’s been extensive water damage or the growth covers more than 10 square feet, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends professional mold remediation. However, if you have a small amount of mold, it’s appropriate to tackle the task yourself. Here are some common mold removal mistakes… Continue reading

Emergency Car Kit Checkup for the Changing Seasons

With the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, it’s time to change out your emergency car kit. Take these steps once winter hazards are behind you and summer travel lies ahead to ensure you always have the survival gear at hand that’s relevant for the season. Refill While you hope you never have to use your emergency car kit, you… Continue reading