Fireproof Your Home's Extra Heat This Winter

in homeowner tips, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters, Virginia, fire prevention, checklist, fireplace maintenance, home heating safety, how to use an electric heater safely, Winter heating safety tips, winter home safety tips Dec 1, 2021

Brrrrr! Who's thankful for extra heat from fireplaces, wood stoves, and electric heaters? We know Virginia winters can be mild, but we can also have our share of frigid temperatures. We also know that almost half of all home fires that occur in December, January, and February are due to the increased use of heating equipment.   Fire dangers from heaters and fireplaces Stationary or portable space heaters pose a significant fire hazard and 86%...

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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Which is Better?

in homeowner tips, safety tips, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters, Virginia, fire prevention, home heating, local, home fire, holidays, home, environment, farming, allergies, recycle, Christmas tree safety, how to choose a fresh Christmas tree, are cut Christmas trees bad for the environment?, Are artificial trees bad for the environment?, fresh Christmas trees in Virginia, how to buy a fresh Christmas tree, where to buy a fresh Christmas tree in Virginia, how to care for a fresh Christmas tree, how to pick an artificial Christmas tree Nov 16, 2021

I'll never forget our first Christmas together. My family was coming to visit for the holidays from the west coast and we wanted everything to be perfect right down to the fresh smell of balsam from a perfectly shaped evergreen. 

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Your Fireplace Needs One Simple Thing Before The Holidays

in homeowner tips, fireplace, wood stoves, Virginia, winter, fire prevention, cleaning, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather, how much does it cost to have your chimney cleaned, Should I have my fireplace inspected, How to prevent a chimney fire, Should I have my chimney checked, Should I have my fireplace checked Nov 12, 2021

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

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Prepare Your Home's Heating System for Winter

in homeowner tips, air quality, air filters, electric heaters, Virginia, winter, fire prevention, cleaning, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather Nov 7, 2021

    We've had some cold nights but don't commit to the flannel sheets yet. Virginia's weather can be fickle! According to NOAA, we should get used to this mixed bag of weather as La Niña climate patterns develop. Virginians have an equal chance of above, near, or below-normal precipitation this winter. Past La Niña winters have brought warmer-than-average temperatures for the commonwealth but precipitation can vary greatly. 

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How Do You Know If Your Gutters Need Cleaning?

in insider, homeowner tips, flooding, Virginia, hurricane season, diy, cleaning, trees, home maintenance, fall, how do you check your gutters, why do you need gutters?, are gutters important, how do you know your gutters need to be cleaned, how much does it cost to have your gutters cleaned, do gutters work Nov 2, 2021

Before Virginia's peak hurricane season this fall, I noticed rainwater spilling over the edge of my garage gutter. I don't know a ton but enough that rain should flow down and out of my gutters, not over them. Clearly something was wrong. I also have a poorly placed tree that overhangs the same corner of my house and is constantly dropping flowers, twigs, and leaves from summer to the start of winter. It was time to call a professional. 

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