Fireproof Your Home's Extra Heat This Winter

in homeowner tips, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters Jan 6, 2021

Brrrrr! 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; loss of...

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How to Maintain a Fireplace or Wood Stove

in homeowner tips, safety tips, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, Virginia, winter, fire prevention, cleaning, home heating, home maintenance, cold weather Dec 20, 2020

Hello winter! Today marks the first day of our coldest season. Thank goodness for fireplaces and wood stoves! If you’re looking into getting one, correct installation by a licensed and certified professional is key. If you already have one, we’re sharing our home insurance experience for maintaining these heat helpers so you can protect your home. We've seen first hand what can go wrong.  Heating heroes like fireplaces and wood stoves can...

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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 Dec 7, 2020

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 Home 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 Nov 1, 2020

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

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Basic Home Maintenance for Virginia

in insider, hurricane, homeowner tips, carbon monoxide, fireplace, wood stoves, electric heaters, homeowners insurance, flood insurance, flooding, Virginia, tornado, hurricane season, severe weather, diy, fire prevention, cleaning, trees, home heating, home maintenance, fall, cold weather, family, home insurance, Air conditioner, hurricane prep, frozen pipes, water damage, burst pipes, plumbing Sep 14, 2020

Who doesn’t love fall in Virginia? The kiddos are back to school, pumpkins don our front porches and the weather is changing the foliage from green to gorgeous. It’s also a busy time of year for families and our homes need attention before colder weather arrives, like those fireplaces and wood stoves. Everyone wants a warm and safe nest with good air quality to hunker down in for winter. 

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