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7 Tips For Safely Using Space Heaters In Your Home

It can get downright cold in the winter months in northern Indiana. Even well-insulated homes can have chilly, drafty areas. A solution for many homeowners is to supplement the heat in their home with a space heater, which can provide extra comfort in areas like home offices and basements. While… Read more »

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When Should A Biohazard Cleanup Company Be Called?

When most people see or hear the word biohazard, images of people in hazmat suits, respirators, and containment zones likely pop into their head.

In television and movies, biohazard crews with these set ups are usually dealing with high-risk or life-threatening biohazards like tuberculosis and Ebola.

In our day-to-day lives, we’re not likely to need biohazard cleanup companies for things like that, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t situations where these professionals are needed.

Let’s take a look at what is classified as a biohazard and when a biohazard cleanup company should be called to remediate the issue.

Safely enjoying a firepit outdoors

6 Tips To Safely Enjoy Fire Pits And Outdoor Heaters At Home

Crisp air, pumpkins, fresh-picked apples, and the roaring flames of a fire pit at home are sure signs of fall. With warm days and cool nights, it’s only natural to want to spend time outside at home enjoying an evening under an outdoor heater or next to a fire pit.
While many people are comfortable around it, it’s important to remember that fires and open flames are still dangerous and can act unpredictably.
We put together a few tips to help keep you (and your home) safe from disaster while you enjoy all this season has to offer.

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Paul Davis Of Northeast Indiana: The Difference Makers In Your Time Of Need

When you think about restoration services, you probably think about wet floors, smoke-stained walls, or even total reconstruction and repair of a home. While that’s the work that a restoration expert performs, at Paul Davis Restoration of Northeast Indiana that’s only part of the job.

At Paul Davis, our employees are Difference Makers — we make it our priority to provide extraordinary care and concern while serving people in their time of need.

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Assessing damage to home from storm

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.

Cleaning smoke damage from wall

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.

Replacing an old sump pump to prevent water damage in basement

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.

Paul Davis professional inspecting pipes

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.