February, 2018

Feb 12
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Check Out These Six Easy Home Repair Jobs to Beat Those Winter Blues

There’s just no denying that this post-holiday, frigid, and dismal period during the first quarter of the year is a drag. The lack of natural sunlight can cause a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and result in depression, the weather is often unrelenting, and the news is pretty dreary in general. One of the best ways to clear away the winter blues is to get busy, and there’s no better way than to choose a few moderate home repair jobs and […]

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Feb 12
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What in the World is a “Bomb Cyclone”?

Much like the ever-popular “polar vortex,” it’s become increasingly common to refer to a specific type of super-storm as a “bomb cyclone.” Well, that sounds bad, doesn’t it? Don’t worry — there’s nothing exploding or detonating here. As it turns out, “bomb cyclone” is something of a misnomer, a shortcut for popular scientists and meteorologists to shorten meteorology-speak for the formation of a type of storm. The phrase combines the word “bomb,” used by meteorologists dating back to […]

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Feb 12
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Five Annual Home Checkups that Save Headaches Later

Home maintenance is important — in fact, experts recommend that homeowners save one percent of their home’s value annually to use for upkeep. That said, there are plenty of annual home checkups that homeowners can perform to save themselves time, money, and aggravation later. Here are five annual checkups that can prevent major impacts on your home. 1. Have the HVAC system professionally cleaned and serviced.  One of the biggest losses of energy for any structure can come from your […]

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Feb 12
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The Hidden Value of Cleaning Gutters

Cleaning out the gutters of your home is just no fun at all. That’s why the majority of homeowners list this tiresome, messy chore as one of their least-favorite tasks. If you hate gutter cleaning, or you are not able to properly clean out your home’s gutters because of physical or structural challenges, you should hire a professional cleaning gutter service to do the job for you. If you’re up to the task, cleaning out the […]

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Feb 12
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Seven Natural Disaster Movies (Some Great, Some Terrible)

Here at Storm Guard, we’ve seen our share of mighty weather events that can do damage to our communities: from tornadoes to nor’easters to hurricanes to flooding. But we’re still suckers for big old-fashioned natural disaster movies. Here are some of our favorites: 7. The Perfect Storm (2000) This effects-heavy drama is based on Sebastian Junger’s 1997 best-seller about the loss of the Andrea Gale, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The film has a murderer’s row […]

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