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Painting Outside or Staining a Deck in Summer Temps

Lifestyle, Senior woman, 50+, paints a deck.

The exterior features of your home, including your deck and siding, are exposed to harsh elements all year round. Untreated wood is bound to rot in wet weather, bleach and crack under the intense summer sun, and freeze over in the winter. Repainting your house or staining your deck in the summer is important to protect these structures from extreme… Continue reading

How to Check Your Water Pressure

Close up of a partly clogged shower head in a bathroom, causing it to putting out so little water

Your home’s water pressure is important. If it’s too low, your dishwasher and washing machine will struggle to do a good job. Showers are also miserable when there’s hardly enough water to lather up. Of course, high water pressure is also problematic. The additional strain on your plumbing system can lead to worn-out joints, burst pipes, and significant water damage.… Continue reading

Potential Wildfire Starters in Summer

A sign in the Yosemite national park warns residents of the high wildfire danger in summer

Wildfires have become increasingly common across North America in recent years. This is especially true in the West where ongoing droughts have left parched soil and dead plants in their wake—in other words, fuel for forest fires. By understanding how wildfires start, we can all do our part to prevent them this summer. What Does Fire Need to Burn? Fire… Continue reading

Potential Summer Weather Hazards

Extreme fire danger warning sign - fires prohibited

Severe weather comes in different forms depending on the time of year. Summer is an especially notorious time for weather-related disasters, with billions of dollars in property damage occurring every year across North America. Can you guess the top five most common summer weather hazards? Here’s a look at each one. Hurricanes Hurricanes are one of nature’s most destructive forces.… Continue reading

How Are Hurricanes Categorized and What Are the Potential Damages?

Caution - Heavy Rain

It’s never too early to start preparing for hurricane season, which begins June 1. Your first step should be to learn the different hurricane categories, measured by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, and the potential damages each one can cause. Hurricanes are classified by their maximum sustained wind speed. Every hurricane starts as a tropical depression, which moves at less… Continue reading

Inspect Your HVAC to Prepare for Summer

Air Conditioner repairman explaining cost of repairs to homeowners

Your HVAC system is an integral part of home comfort and indoor air quality. Is your air conditioner ready for another summer? Inspect it now so you’re prepared for hotter months to come. Check the air filter: The filter traps airborne dust and debris, cleaning your indoor air in the process. Changing from wintertime heating to summertime cooling is an… Continue reading

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Air Humidifier Increasing the Humidity in a Bedroom. Beautiful Mature Woman Sleeping in Bed.

It’s a common misconception that air pollution only occurs outside. Many people don’t realize that outdoor pollutants can easily enter the home. Plus, many unique contaminants are generated and trapped inside, where building occupants inhale them in high concentrations. Reduce your exposure to household pollutants by following these tips to improve indoor air quality. Test for radon: Radon is a… Continue reading

Storm Preparation Tips for Your Home

Preparing For Hurricane Together

Spring and summer are notoriously stormy. Whether you live in Tornado Alley or a hurricane zone, your home could be at risk of flooding or wind damage. Don’t wait until a severe storm warning is issued in your area—prepare today with these home storm preparation tips. Inspect the gutters and downspouts: Gutters must be clear of debris to drain properly.… Continue reading

Cleaning Up Water Damage and Mold During COVID-19

Coronavirus Pandemic. A disinfector in a protective suit and mask sprays disinfectants in the house or office

Roof leaks, basement floods, burst pipes, and backed-up drains don’t stop just because there’s a pandemic. These problems can lead to harmful mold growth if left unaddressed. Is your home or business facing moisture issues and mold growth during COVID-19? You need a restoration company you can trust to perform water damage restoration and mold remediation in the midst of… Continue reading

The Importance of Changing Your Air Filters

Closing Grill After Replacing Air Filter

Does your home have forced-air heating and cooling equipment? If so, the HVAC system should include an air filter. If you care about improving indoor air quality and lowering your utility bills, remember to change your air filter regularly. Learn more about this home maintenance task here. What is the Purpose of an HVAC Air Filter? The most basic filters… Continue reading