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Living in northeast Indiana, we’re all too familiar with the power and unpredictability of Mother Nature. Whether it’s devastating thunderstorms, damaging winds, bone-chilling blizzards, or slippery ice storms, the threat of storm damage looms throughout the entire year.

These weather events may be a natural part of life for us, but their destructive power should never be underestimated. As homeowners, we need to be proactive in protecting our families and our homes against storm damage. While we may not be able to stop storms from happening, with the right knowledge, preparation, and preventative measures, we can minimize the risks of storm damage to our homes.

Let’s look at the precautions we can take outside and inside our homes to prepare for severe storms.

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Mold Removal Vs. Mold Remediation: What’s The Difference?

Mold is an unwelcome guest for every homeowner. Its presence poses a health risk as well as potential issues with a home’s structure.

Spotting mold creates a psychological urgency to address the issue, which can lead homeowners down a path of trying to remove the mold quickly. But mold removal and remediation are not the same thing, and it’s vital to understand the difference.

assessing damage after house fire

Essential Questions To Ask Your Insurance Agent After Fire Or Smoke Damage

Experiencing a fire in your home can be an unexpected and overwhelming experience. The destructive nature of fire often leads those who experience it through a whirlwind of emotions.

It’s crucial to contact your insurance agent when grappling with the aftermath of fire or smoke damage in your home. Your agent quickly becomes a lifeline to help you navigate the complexities and logistics of filing a claim and understanding your coverage.

We’ll walk you through the critical questions and things you should consider to make informed decisions and minimize your stress after a fire.

Water damage on ceiling in home

See Water Damage In Your Ceiling? Here’s What To Do

Water spots are an unwelcome sight on the ceiling of our homes — these brown, grungy stains are an eyesore. At first glance, these water stains, despite being ugly, may seem innocuous, but these blemishes require remediation before they become a significant problem.

Whether it’s a roof leak, ice dams, a leaky pipe boot, or a burst pipe, water has plenty of ways to get inside our homes and cause damage. Understanding how to prevent water penetration and fix the root of the problem are the keys to safeguarding your home and fixing water damage in your ceiling.

If you spot water damage in your home, this guide will walk you through the immediate steps you should take and what you can do to identify the source of the issue and fix it before more damage is done.

Tips For Preventing Fires With Your Holiday Lights And Decorations

The holidays are a special time of year when we get to adorn our homes with festive gear like sparkling lights, cheerful decorations, and the warm glow of candles. While this seasonal decor makes for a beautiful sight, it’s also important to remember to prioritize safety.

We’ve put together a few tips to consider when putting up your holiday lights and decorations to help you prevent a fire during this joyful season.

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How To Use Space Heaters Safely This Winter

As the chill of fall and winter settle into northeastern Indiana, there’s nothing quite like the warmth of a space heater to keep you snug and comfortable in your home.

These compact devices are a popular choice for adding extra heat to specific areas of a home, allowing you to create a toasty sanctuary without cranking up the thermostat for the entire house. However, it’s crucial to use them responsibly to ensure your comfort and safety.

Here are a few essential tips to make sure that you’re safely using a space heater in your home during the winter months.

Kitchen fire while cooking

Fire Safety Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Cooking All Year

Home-cooked meals can bring people together, build joyful memories, and create opportunities to share stories. While cooking may seem like a routine activity, it can be dangerous. With the second week of October being Fire Safety Week, it’s a great time to talk about fire safety while cooking.

Cooking is the leading cause of fires in homes, accounting for 49% of all fires. It’s also the leading cause of fire-related injuries at 41%.

Fortunately, with a little bit of attention to care and a little extra preparedness, you can prevent fire damage and injury from cooking. Let’s take a look at a few tips that could help you prevent a fire in your kitchen while you’re cooking.

dehumdifier placed in room at home

Why You Need A Dehumidifier In Your Basement Or Crawlspace

A basement’s home or crawlspace is one of the most critical aspects of the entire house. It’s also one of the most overlooked and neglected. Basements and crawlspaces are humid, dark, and poorly ventilated parts of the home, but they require just as much care as the rest of your house to maintain a healthy living space.

Fortunately, a dehumidifier can help with or solve many conditions that basements experience. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you need a dehumidifier in your basement or crawlspace.

Water damage in home

How To Tell If Water Damage Is New Or Old

At some point in our lives, we’ve all probably seen an unsightly, brown stain on the ceiling of a home. It’s a telltale sign: water damage. When you’re a homeowner (or looking to buy a home). you may wonder how recent the water damage is, and if you should be concerned.

Let’s take a look at a few of the ways you can determine if water damage is new or old and what you can do to remedy it.

tree damage to roof caused by storm

6 Tips To Get Your Home Ready To Handle A Storm

From lightning to torrential downpours, tornadoes, and blizzards, Mother Nature has a lot of ways to deal out damage. As a homeowner, you need to protect yourself and your home by being prepared to handle any storm thrown your way.

It’s hard to deny that storms have become more damaging in recent years. With nearly 30 years of experience in the restoration industry at Paul Davis, Steve Leffers, the restoration project manager and head designer at Paul Davis of Northeast Indiana, has seen a lot of damage from storms in his time.