How To Survey Storm Damage Safely

Storms in northern Indiana can cause huge amounts of damage and be incredibly dangerous. After a storm pushes its way through our area, we’re left to clean up its aftermath.

When you’re a homeowner, that means surveying the storm damage to your house and property and identifying needed repairs.

No matter how severe the storm, it’s important to survey the damage safely. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you inspect your home after a storm.

Fixing leaky pipe in home

How To Find Your Home’s Water Shut Off Valve

Most homeowners don’t give much thought to having to shut off their water valve during their day-to-day lives.

Oftentimes, because we get busy, that means that we forget to locate our home’s water shut off valve. But waiting until a pipe bursts in your home isn’t the right time to try to find your home’s water shut off valve.

Before you have a leaky or burst pipe in your home, here’s what you need to know to find the water shut off valve in your home.

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How To Clean Smoke Damage From Your Walls

A fire of any size can create smoke and soot that damages your home’s walls and ceiling.

If you have smoke damage in your home and are considering cleaning it yourself, there are a couple things you need to take into consideration. You’ll need to judge the extent of the smoke damage as well as the texture of your walls and ceiling.

If your home has suffered heavy damage from smoke, you’re going to need to call the professionals directly. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could make things worse — and more costly — for yourself.

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5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Sump Pump

The last thing you want in your basement is standing water, regardless if it’s finished or unfinished.

Your first line of defense against keeping water and moisture out of your basement is your sump pump. You may not even know it’s there when it’s working properly. If it’s not working properly, well, you also may not know it’s there.

Depending on the way your sump pump is installed, you may or may not be able to take a look at it with your own eyes.

Let’s look at some telltale signs to watch for that could indicate that your sump pump needs to be replaced.

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7 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes And The Damage It Can Cause

Homeowners prickle a little whenever the outdoor temperature plummets below freezing. Yes, because it’s going to be cold, but more importantly the risk of their pipes freezing and bursting increases.

Burst pipes can cause extensive (and expensive) damage. If not caught quickly, it can ruin your ceiling, insulation, drywall, flooring, your personal belongings, and more. That’s enough to keep anyone awake at night.

When it comes to preventing frozen pipes, your main goal is to keep the cold out of your house. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting on you.

Woman puting out kitchen fire with fire extinguisher

The Right Way To Put Out Different Types Of Fires

With any luck, most of us don’t have to deal with extinguishing a fire on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared to!

Fighting a fire is a stressful and overwhelming act, so try to plan ahead with the right kind of extinguisher to limit the danger to yourself, your loved ones, and your home.

Let’s look at the five different types of fires that can happen and the correct way to extinguish them.

winter storm damage to a house

Winter Storm Damage To Your Home

Winter in northeast Indiana is anything but boring. It can get bitterly cold, knock-you-over windy, and it can snow so much it feels like we live in a snow globe.

While it’s tough to predict what weather the winter season will bring, we know that we’ll face the same dangers to our homes from the weather every year.

Damage to your home from winter storms can be extra challenging because of the harsh conditions outside that usually remain during the winter.

Let’s take a look at some of the common ways winter storm damage can happen to your home and some of the precautions you can take to mitigate the damage.

Holiday fire safety

Fire Safety Tips To Keep Your Holidays Bright

The holidays are a time of year when our kitchens are packed with people and a frenzy of cooking is going on.
Unsurprisingly, more home fires tend to happen during the colder months of the year. But the kitchen isn’t the only place that’s in danger of fire during the holidays. To make sure you have a safe and happy holiday season, let’s take a look at some of the common causes of fires during this time of year and what you can do to prevent them.

Water in Basement damages property and appliances

How To Prevent Issues Like Mold After A Basement Flood

We all know that black mold is bad, and that it likes to grow in wet, damp environments and that we don’t want it growing in our homes. But how do we stop something that is so pervasive?

Let’s look at how mold grows, what steps you can take to prevent it from growing after a flood, and what you can do to eliminate it if it’s already growing.

Why Smoke Alarms And Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are So Important

Fire safety is important all year, but it’s even more critical as we head into the colder months of the year.

Early detection remains the best defense for homeowners when it comes to staying safe and preventing injuries or death from smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide.

Let’s break down what you can listen for (and actions you can take) to give yourself the edge in fire safety.