SAFE & SOUND: Extra Heat in Your Virginia Home

in homeowner tips, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters Nov 14, 2019

Brrrrrrrrrrrr! Who's thankful for extra heat from fireplaces, wood stoves, and electric heaters? And fireplaces and woodstoves are positively essential if there’s a winter power outage!  So it’s no coincidence that almost half of all home fires occur in December, January, and February. Stationary or portable space heaters pose a significant fire hazard and 86% of home heating fire deaths. Even a small chimney fire can have a costly impact;...

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How To Fireproof Your Virginia Home This Winter

in homeowner tips, safety tips, air quality, air filters, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters, Virginia, winter, diy, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather Nov 7, 2019

Virginia is said to have a “goldilocks climate”- not too hot, not too cold. We're not sure if this is true anymore.  According to the Baltimore office of the National Weather Service, Virginia set a new heat record this October for 96 degrees! Thank goodness it's feeling more like fall now. But not for long. The Farmers' Almanac predicts a wintery ride of highs and extreme lows deemed a "Polar Coaster". Your home needs to be safe and snug!   

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2 Simple Tips To Prepare Your Trees For Winter

in insider, hurricane, wind damage, homeowner tips, Virginia, winter, hurricane season, severe weather, trees, home maintenance, fall, home insurance, weather, home Nov 1, 2019

Do you treasure big trees? Their sublime fall colors tell us another summer is gone and winter is coming. And they have such a nostalgic draw when looking at houses or driving down a tree-lined street. Trees give us beauty, shade and wildlife. Just a look at this stunning view from Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

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Is Your Home's Heat Ready To Ride Virginia's "Polar Coaster"?

in homeowner tips, air quality, air filters, electric heaters, Virginia, winter, fire prevention, cleaning, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather Oct 31, 2019

You may not have committed to the flannel sheets yet. Virginia's fall can be fickle! And according the Farmers' Almanac, we may as well get used to it. Predictions for the 2019-2020 winter has already been anticipated to be a "Polar Coaster ". Rain, sleet, snow, rain; we're talking bouts of unseasonably warm days followed by frigid dives into colder than normal temperatures and all the precipitation in-between. Sounds like a wintery ride!...

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The One Thing You Should Do To Your Home This Fall

in homeowner tips, Virginia, winter, diy, fall, cold weather, weather, home, insurance claim, frozen pipes, damage Oct 20, 2019

Fall is busy. The holidays are expensive. We get it. We still highly recommend you to some basic winterizing to your home to avoid more expensive problems this winter. Fire is a major winter hazard for homes, so make sure the next thing on your list includes fire prevention measures. But if don't have a lot of time or money to do things to your home right now, there's one thing you absolutely shouldn't skip.  

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