Five Things You Should Have in Your Home Before Winter Hits
As they say, winter is coming, and even as we get kids back to school and cozy up to autumn rituals, it’s important to be prepared. Many people don’t stop to take account of what we have on hand, so we don’t really think about what we might need when winter weather and other storms hit. Here are five categories of things you could need in the event of a winter storm. 1. The Necessities This […]
What is a Nor’Easter?
It’s a word bantered around by meteorologists regularly, one delivered with a strong New England accent in the region: the “nor’easter.” It’s one of weather’s wackiest weather terms, but these storms are no joke. These infamous storms can combine torrential rains, strong storms, and fierce blizzards into one ferocious package that can knock New England out of power for days, sometimes weeks. But what is a nor’easter, and why is it so unique in the North American climate? Let’s […]
Tips for Tackling Water Damage (that Many Homeowners Miss)
In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria, many American homeowners are struggling to learn how to cope with water damage restoration, meaning the technical processes needed to repair a home that has suffered a flood or other water-related destruction. However, water damage restoration is a complex business and it’s easy for laymen homeowners to miss important steps in the process during the rush to clean up. Even a burst pipe can cost […]
After the Flood: How to Deal with Taxes, Insurance, and Home Values After a Natural Disaster
The flood waters in Houston, Texas haven’t even started to abate after the disastrous storm that was Hurricane Harvey tore through the state here in August of 2017, and already victims are being left out in the cold. Several sources have reported that flood insurance policies plunged in the years leading up to the storm. In Houston alone, the number of policies fell from 133,000 to 119,000 between 2012 and 2017. “When you start to see policies drop like this, […]
Preparing for a Flood—A Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners
Flooding is one of the most traumatic and dangerous natural disasters in the United States. In general, flooding is the number one natural disaster in the entire country, while flash flooding is responsible for approximately 200 deaths each year. From 2005 to 2014, the average flood claim was $42,000, and total flood insurance claims averaged more than $3.5 million per year. During the floods that erupted in Texas in March and April of 2016, […]
Best Weather Apps for Storm Tracking
Whether you’re just wanting to keep your family safe from foul weather or you’re an amateur storm aficionado with dreams of tornado chasing, there are all sorts of applications you can use to keep track of big storms in your area. But the weather apps you’ll find in the App Store and Android Store are also based on all sorts of different technologies, so it’s important to understand what you’re looking for in a […]
Pool Prep: Winter is Coming!
The winter season is growing near! So, it’s time to start prepping your pool. For anyone in the northern states, you know this doesn’t simply mean laying down a pool cover and calling it a day. Making sure your pool can endure a harsh winter means putting in a little extra effort. But trust us – it’s going to pay off! Clean Clean Clean! You want your pool to be in tip-top shape once you’re […]