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So You've Been Hit by Hail...Now What?
Snow Days and Roof Leaks
So You Have a Leak...Now What?
Decorating Safety Tips
Preparing Your Home for Winter

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So You've Been Hit by Hail...Now What?

If you have had hail at your home recently you may be wondering if you have hail damage and what to do next. I’d like to take this opportunity to recommend to you some things to do and some things to avoid.
Let’s start with the precautions. First, hail damage cannot be assessed from the ground. Second, the presence of hail damage on a neighbor’s roof does not guarantee that your roof will also have damage. So what does that mean? That means that you should not trust anyone that knocks on your door claiming that you have hail damage if they have not done an inspection of

Snow Days and Roof Leaks

While all the children in the area were having fun playing in the snow after the recent snow storms you may have noticed some issues showing up in your home. While many people are aware that a burst pipe is common in freezing temperatures you may not be aware that roof leaks are also common.
As the snow on your roof melts and refreezes it can create an ice dam. An ice dam traps water as it melts causing the water to flow under the shingles on the roof. The longer it takes the ice dam to melt the more damage this can cause to the interior.

So You Have a Leak...Now What?

When you look up at your ceiling after any sort of rain, ice, or snow and see that tell tale water stain the first thought is that your roof is leaking. Surprisingly though that may not always be the case. Water leaks can come from many different sources that can be hard to determine without the proper training and experience.
If you have had your roof replaced in the last few years and still have a warranty through the company that installed the roof they should be your first call. They should easily be able to determine the source of the leak and if it is related to the installation fix the problem right away.

Decorating Safety Tips

It can be hard to find someone who doesn't appreciate the beautiful decorations that go up this time of the year. However, when decorating it is important to keep some safety tips in mind.
Both real and artificial tress have a possibility of igniting in the event of a fire, however, they are not the most likely item in a home to do so. According to the California Christmas Tree Association the top three most likely items are: newspapers, boxes or bags, and curtains. So it is important to keep all of these items away from potential sources of ignition such as electrical outlets, space heaters, candles, and other open flames.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Preparing your home for winter can save you time and money by avoiding costly repairs and increased energy usage. While there is an unlimited amount of information on the web with lists of the top five or the top fifty things you should do here are our favorite tips.
1. Check the weatherstripping around all your doors and windows. This is an important step to keeping Old Man Winter out of your house and your heating bill in check.
2. Purchase insulated covers for your exterior faucets. Some people like to turn these off completely but using the covers will help prevent freezing and cracking and keep your faucet handy.
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