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What Should I Do After a Business Fire?

It’s so hard to handle the aftermath of a property fire. It’s even more difficult to deal with the chaos when it impacts your workplace, your employees and your financial security. You hope it never happens, but you need to be prepared. Knowing what to do after a business fire gets you and your workforce […]

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Flooded Bathroom? Here Are 10 Essential Steps to Recovery

Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom. Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do […]

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How to Prevent a Flooded Basement: A 10 Step Guide by Water Damage Experts

If you were anywhere near the city last June, you remember the severe storms and flooding that shut down Eisenhower Expressway. The river was out of its banks, and we had two tornado warnings that night. As Chicago’s leading restoration contractor, our teams were busy after the deluge answering calls from folks with flooded basements. We cleaned […]

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What Should I Do if My Refrigerator Water Line is Leaking?

An occasional puddle under the fridge could be stray splashes from the water dispenser or a few dropped ice cubes. When it happens over and over, you’ve got a problem. Those ponds on the kitchen floor are sure signs that your refrigerator’s water line is leaking. Visions of soaked baseboards and mold behind the walls flash before your eyes. […]

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How Should I Remove Cooking Oil From Concrete?

You accidentally drop a bag of groceries in the driveway. Bottles break, and olive oil quickly soaks into the pavement. Cooking in the backyard is always fun, but it turns into a chore when you spill a gallon of peanut oil on the patio. These mishaps leave sticky messes that attract dirt and create stains. […]

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How to Winterize Your House in 2018 – The Ultimate Guide

45 Actionable Tips To Winterize Your Home and Prevent Winter Worries We hope that this winter will surprise everyone with mild, sunny days. As proud and strong Americans, we know better. We throw our shoulders back, drag out the blankets and keep the snow shovel handy. We know what to expect – and still – the […]

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How to Remove Mold From a Plywood Subfloor: 10 Must-Do Steps

Damp subflooring doesn’t turn into a cleanup project overnight. Whether it was soaked during storm flooding or saturated after an apartment plumbing mishap, a wet subfloor eventually becomes moldy. How do you handle mold on the subfloor in the kitchen? How do you get rid of mold in the bathroom under the flooring? This guide […]

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How to Fix Water Damage on Baseboards: 8 Critical DIY Steps

Cleaning up after a kitchen pipe bursts or a toilet overflows quickly becomes a big project. Home plumbing disasters often cause water damage in the baseboards, and that adds another layer of work to the job. When was the last time you had to replace damaged baseboards after flooding at the house? Our guide covers everything you […]

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Before Hiring a House Cleaner, Ask Them These 6 Revealing Questions

Finding yourself in the middle of a disaster, move, or a house that’s gotten out of control feels overwhelming. You know extensive work needs to get done, but you have no idea where to start. If you haven’t already, consider hiring a house cleaner. A professional can make your life easier and take the burden […]

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How to Fix an Overflowing Kitchen Sink in 5 Fast Steps

You step away for just a minute. Suddenly, you hear gurgling noises. When you look back into the room, you know you’re in trouble. The kitchen sink is filling up with water. What do you do first? If you’re lucky, you catch the sink overflowing before it floods the entire kitchen. Still, you need to […]

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How to Remove Mold from Concrete Floors in 5 Easy Steps

Mold is a common problem in most households, but it can also make you sick. That’s why it’s important to remove mold from concrete in your home. Mold, just like mildew, is a growth that pops up in damp or shaded areas. That said, can mold grow on a concrete floor? Yes. Concrete floors, with […]

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What to Do When Your Water Heater Breaks: 5 Critical Steps

It might spring a bad a leak and flood the basement overnight. It could suddenly stop supplying hot water for morning showers. When this appliance goes bad, you want it fixed right away. Do you know what to do if your hot water heater breaks? Most of us don’t live next door to our favorite […]

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How Does Mold Grow In Your House? 13 Things You’re Doing Wrong

It’s a natural part of the environment and plays an important role in the ecosystem, but you don’t want it under sinks and behind walls. Mold grows inside your house because it thrives in temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit when indoor humidity is above 60 percent. Add cold-condensing surfaces and areas that stay […]

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