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How to Help a Hoarder Clean Their House: A 10 Step Checklist

The medical community didn’t officially recognize it until 2013. That year, the American Psychological Association finally included hoarding on its updated list of mental disorders. If the condition affects someone you care about, dealing with it can be very difficult. When you’re unsure about how to help a hoarder, where do you start? A hoarder’s […]

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How To Dry a Wet Carpet to Avoid Mold Growth: 2 DIY Steps

Carpets aren’t supposed to get wet, so you know that you’ve got a problem on your hands when water suddenly soaks the floor. Whether you’re dealing with ruptured pipes or storm flooding in the basement, that fiber and padding need attention right away. Why? Because time isn’t on your side. Since wet carpets cause mold […]

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How to Find and Repair Water Leaking in the Wall

It doesn’t set off alarms. You can’t hear it or see it. Left undetected, it can cause serious damage to sheetrock and even affect floors and ceilings. A slow water leak hidden inside the walls of your home creates a damp environment that breeds mold and rots wood. As well as you stay ahead of […]

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You Found Water Damage Right Before Closing – Now What Should You Do?

You’ve been looking at houses for months, and you’ve finally found one. Everything about it is perfect, and you can picture yourself living there. Things are clipping along – the loan is approved, the seller is happy, and you have a closing date set. All of a sudden, though, your inspection comes back, and there’s […]

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How to Prepare your Home for the Rainy Season: 6 Quick Tips

Are you wondering how to prepare your home for heavy rain? If so, you’re not alone. Lots of people live in climates where the Spring season (starting in about March) brings heavy storms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to learn how to prepare […]

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Blown-In Attic Insulation: 5 Must-Know Pros And Cons

It’s so cold outside. You find yourself looking up and wondering if the attic needs better protection from this winter weather. It’s been awhile since that upstairs under the roof got an upgrade. You’re ready to make some improvements, but you want to make sure you’re choosing the best attic insulation. How do you decide […]

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Frozen Pipes? Here’s What to Do to Unfreeze Them

You wake up and head for the kitchen. The house is still chilly from last night’s hard freeze. You’re ready to make some coffee, but one turn of the faucet handle snaps you wide awake. You don’t have any water, and you know why: Some time during the night, the pipes froze. If you wait […]

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6 Fast Steps to Get Rid of Mold in Your Crawl Space

The crawl space isn’t really inviting. You don’t go down there very often. Still, the whole house smells musty, and you’ve looked everywhere else. You grab a flashlight and take a peek. Right away, you can see the source of that unpleasant odor. It’s there in the crawl space. You know how to deal with the […]

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How to Prepare for a Snow Storm: 10 Steps for Weathering the Worst

We all remember the Super Bowl blizzard of 2015. As bad as it was, it only ranked fifth in our modern history of record-setting snow storms. The winter blast dumped more than 19 inches of the white stuff across Chicago and knocked out power to more than 15,000 homes and businesses. Are you ready for the […]

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