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Bathroom Faucets

Winterizing your vacation home is an important step to make sure that it stays cozy and secure as outdoor temperatures dip. Failing to winterize your home can result in problems like water leaks, bursting pipes, structural damage and invading pests or rodents. 

Here's how to winterize your home...

Have a Power Failure Plan to Protect Your Home

Having a power failure plan to protect your home from a blackout has become a necessity today.  According to one study, 75 percent of U.S. homeowners experienced a power outage each year.

So how do you protect yourself from these power failure problems? By setting up backup power systems to...

Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...

Disaster Proofing

Although significant progress has been made in the United States in reducing the number of deaths caused by accidental fires in the home, these incidents still kill more than 3,000 individuals each year.  Better education about the dangers of fire and wider use of smoke alarms are generally...

Plumbing

Getting ready to winterize your vacation home for a winter getaway isn't limited to packing the car with provisions and sporting goods; your house needs gearing up, too. The season's low temperatures can wreak havoc on an unattended home, whether it's your main residence or a vacation...