When water is not your friend

Automatic shut-off systems can help prevent costly damage or frustrating cleanup.

Automatic shut-off systems
can prevent costly damage.

Refrigerators, water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and toilets can be sources of leaks that can cause significant damage if not detected early.

A burst pipe with as little as a one-eighth-inch crack can release 250 gallons of water a day, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

The most effective way to prevent costly water damage in your home is to install a leak detection and water shut-off system. There are several levels of protection that can meet the needs and budgets of all homeowners: Read More

First aid for frozen pipes – steps to prevent more problems

Take steps to prevent frozen and burst pipes.

Take steps to prevent frozen and burst pipes.

With winter not even a month old, there’s plenty of cold weather ahead of us – enough to freeze pipes, causing costly water damage at your home or business.

If you suspect you have a frozen pipe – you’ve turned on the faucet, but no water comes out – call a qualified plumber immediately. Shut off the main water valve, and leave the faucets open until repairs are made.
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Texting and driving a growing concern

cell-stop-signAt any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, according to a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number has held steady since 2010.

Meanwhile, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study showed that a quarter of teens respond to text messages once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving. Read More

Home, sweet (second) home – protect it from water damage

vacation-home

Protect your vacation home from common causes of damage.

Whether it’s a cabin in the woods, a house or condo on the beach or a chalet in the mountains, your vacation home can be a wonderful place to relax and unwind. However, secondary residences require additional precautions compared with your primary home.

An often-overlooked hazard involves water damage to secondary residences that stand unoccupied for extended periods. Read More