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How to Prepare in the Hours Leading Up to a Hurricane

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Hurricane season runs from mid-May for the Eastern Pacific and June 1 for the Atlantic through the end of November. If you live within 100 miles of either US coastline, your home and family could be at risk. Follow these hurricane preparedness tips to help you stay safe. Prepare Now Learn if you live in a hurricane-prone area. Purchase a… Continue reading

5 Cancer-Causing Pollutants Lurking in Your Home

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Home should be a haven, but if the indoor air is laden with carcinogens, your family’s health could be at risk. Learn about the most common cancer-causing substances lurking in your home and how to get rid of them. Cigarette Smoke Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of lung cancer and can also cause heart disease. In children, exposure… Continue reading

FAQs About Water, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

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If your home has been damaged by water, fire, or smoke, you probably have questions about the restoration process from DKI. Find the answers here. How long does it take to clean up water, fire, or smoke damage? Every case is unique. The time it takes depends on the extent of the damage and how many rooms are affected. We… Continue reading

How to Get Rid of that Nasty Skunk Smell

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Skunks are typically non-aggressive animals, but if threatened, they may spray their famously putrid perfume in your direction. The “skunky” smell can linger for two or three weeks, and the longer you wait to treat it, the harder it is to neutralize. If you, your pet, or your home has been skunked, follow these tips to eliminate the odor. Why… Continue reading

8 Tips to Build an Emergency Fund

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You never know when disaster will strike. That’s why it’s essential to have food, water, medication, and personal hygiene items on hand in case of an emergency. It’s equally important to set some money aside for a rainy day. Follow these tips to help you build an emergency fund bit by bit. Make a budget: This is as simple as… Continue reading

How to Dry Wet Carpet

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If you have wet carpet due to flooding or a burst pipe, you must dry it as quickly as possible. Neglecting the problem for more than 24 to 48 hours could allow mold to start growing, so begin the drying process as soon as you discover the damage. Then, call a remediation company promptly to request a water damage evaluation.… Continue reading

Are You Ready for a Possible Flood?

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Floods are the most common natural disaster in North America and can occur just about anywhere. Sources of flooding include rain, snowmelt, coastal storms, ocean swells, overflowing dams, broken levees, and more. Floods can happen any time of year, but melting snow and heavy rains in the spring make March a particularly common month for flooding. Here’s what you need… Continue reading

5 Fast Facts About Water Damage

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You work hard to keep your home or business in good condition, so it’s frustrating to find evidence of leaks and floods. Review these five fast facts to understand water damage and how to address it should your property experience it. A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way You can’t always protect against leaks and floods, but taking a few… Continue reading

March is the Start of Severe Weather Season—Be Prepared!

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The severe weather season is broadly categorized as March through August. No matter where you reside in North America, you’re at risk for one type of storm or another. Take action today to prepare your home and business for potential inclement weather. How to Prepare for a Tornado Every state is at least minimally at risk for tornadoes, but cities… Continue reading

Is Food Safe to Eat After a Fire?

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Recovering from a house fire can be an overwhelming task. You’re left to assess your losses and salvage what you can. What about the food in your pantry and refrigerator? Is it safe to eat? To avoid exposing you and your family to contaminated food, follow these tips when cleaning up your kitchen after a fire.  Why Does Fire Make Food Unsafe? … Continue reading