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Safeguard your important documents from disasters

No One is immune from natural disasters.  Whether you live in an earthquake zone, hurricane area or Tornado Alley, you should be prepared to deal with the challenge of protecting important paperwork.  What would that include?  The article below from AARP helps cover your bases…Avoid the paper chaseYou may have mere minutes to evacuate, and […]

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One of the worst odors out there

Most of us are (unpleasantly) familiar with the scent of skunk.  The human nose can detect the odor at 10 parts per BILLION.  Forget being sprayed directly, no one likes even a whiff of it!  What do you do though if one gets under the house or sprays ‘ol Spot and he runs through the house […]

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How Can You Tell if it’s Wet?

It’s pretty easy to spot wet carpet; we don’t even need to touch something that we can see is wet.  Sometimes in the middle of the night you yourself may have even had the unfortunate experience of stepping in a wet spot on the tile or carpet, and you hope it’s just water and not […]

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A Weather Related interruption….Dealing with Fuel Spills during floods

Our regularly scheduled blog on Asbestos Remediation has been interrupted today due to flooding You may be one who checks our Facebook site and has seen the posts recently on flooding basements, dealing with contaminated contents in the home, etc.  However, what if you’ve had a Fuel spill?  We recently had to deal with kerosene […]

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A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling Part 3

Lead remediation is not for the Do-It-Yourself-ers.  This is something a professional should be doing because 1:  They should have all the necessary tools and education and 2: because they know the regulations to work by!  As an Average Joe homeowner, we have so many other things to care for, it’s safer in the long […]

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A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling Part 2

You have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family, tenants, or children in your care.   This means properly preparing for the renovation and keeping persons out of the work area.  It also means ensuring the contractor uses lead-safe work practices. Federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb […]

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A Lead Safe Guide to Remodeling Part 1

Many building owners do not recognize the dangers of lead based paint and have no idea how to protect themselves during the renovation of their homes or businesses. How do you know if you are affected?  If your home or business building was built before 1978, if you own or operate a child care facility, […]

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What to do after a fire

Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.The U.S. Fire Administration has gathered the following information to assist you in this time of need. Action on some of the suggestions […]

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Hardwood flooring and water damage

Homeowners who enjoy hardwood floors have a gamble on their hands…what’s going to happen to their gorgeous floor if the plumbing fails?  As we will see, this isn’t something that is taken care of so quickly or easily. When moisture enters the wood floor from above, it seeps between the wood and the sub-floor.  As […]

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Tree Roots and Your Sewer Line – Not a nice mix

Many a homeowner has gone into their basement or bathroom to find a nasty mess caused by tree roots.  How?  First you must know what a “sewer lateral” is.  A sewer lateral is the stretch of sewer pipe that extends from your foundation to the municipal sewer line under the street.  Most municipalities will not […]

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