You Shouldn’t DIY Home Repairs in These Six Areas

While there are many opportunities for homeowners to save money by performing simple DIY home repairs, there are some projects that are better left to the experts. In these cases, an error in DIY home repair execution can be dangerous and result in a larger expense down the road. These are the six home repairs […]

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Sewer Line Warranty Saves Thousands for Homeowner

Sanitary sewer backups happen and it is not a pretty sight. Debris, grease, roots, pipe breaks, insufficient capacity and obstructions all cause sewage to back up into homes and businesses through basement drain pipes, sinks, toilets or shower drains. Even wet weather can contribute to the problem. The result is property damage, health risks, irate […]

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Home Maintenance Challenges of Aging in Place

Home maintenance challenges are a key factor for aging Americans wishing to remain in their own homes. According to U.S. Census data, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to rise 35 percent from 2010 to 2020, and a growing trend for this population is “aging in place.” A comprehensive study on this subject […]

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Now is the Time to Think About Frozen Pipes

Summer is ending – time to think about frozen pipes. As the weather begins to cool and we enjoy all those pleasures that come with fall, don’t forget that homeowners should be preparing so they don’t encounter an unpleasant surprise. On average, a quarter million homeowners experience frozen plumbing each year. With cold weather comes the risk […]

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Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink?

As a municipal official, you want to know that your residents’ tap water is safe to drink, but there may be things lurking in the water supply of which you are unaware. Groundwater supplies may be contaminated with arsenic, chemicals and pathogens discharged from factories and farms. Even the pipes delivering the water can be […]

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Keep Your Most Vulnerable Residents Safe from Economic Shock

How many of your friends and neighbors are living below the poverty line? More than you think may be in danger of economic shock in case of an emergency. The United Nations estimates that 40 million Americans are living in poverty, and 18.5 million are living in “extreme poverty,” defined as an income of $12,000 or less […]

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The Fallout From Service Line Failures

Water damage to a home, whether from a sewer backup or an interior plumbing problem, is not something to take lightly – and, in some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover not only the plumbing, but the water damage to the home, unless the homeowner has purchased specific coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In […]

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Older Homes Are Prone To Plumbing Problems

Old homes have unique charms, but they also may be hiding plumbing problems in their walls and floorboards. Older homes can have a host of problems with the plumbing that you can’t see – it may simply be old and reaching the end of its usable lifespan, piping may have been installed that later proved […]

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Three Environmental Factors That Cause Service Lines To Fail

Are your residents aware of their responsibility to maintain their water and sewer service lines? In the State of the Home Winter 2018 survey, 13 percent of respondents thought service lines are the responsibility of the municipality or utility, and 18 percent didn’t know who was responsible. Additionally, 11 percent thought their homeowners’ insurance would […]

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Water Theft: Leaks Aren’t The Only Way To Lose

Providing clean, potable water to your residents isn’t an inexpensive or simple proposition, but many residents don’t understand the process – they turn on the tap, and they have water. Perhaps it’s the naivety about the process that makes water theft plausible. Theft can do a lot of damage – for one, there is a […]

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