How to prevent your pipes from freezing

How to prevent your pipes from freezing

Plumbers have been busy during the recent cold snap because when the temperature plummets, the risk of pipes freezing goes up. In fact, frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause more than $ 5,000 in water damage, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The pipes that freeze most frequently are those in such unheated interior spaces as basements, attics, and garages. But pipes that run through … (read more)

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

No matter what team you’re cheering for, the Super Bowl is a long game, typically four hours not counting the pre- and post-portions. That’s twice as long as it takes for bacteria to start multiplying in food that’s been left at room temperature for too long. As the host of a viewing party, make sure you observe the two-hour rule so your guests don’t remember your party for all the wrong reasons.

When it comes to food consumption, only … (read more)

Soaked by Sandy? Here’s how to prevent a mold outbreak

Soaked by Sandy? Here’s how to prevent a mold outbreak

Storm Sandy is retreating but leaves behind a threat that can ruin home furnishings and pose problems for residents with allergies, asthma and compromised immune systems. Mold. To keep it in check, homeowners should attack the problem within 24 to 48 hours following advice from federal safety experts.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homeowners clean up minor mold outbreaks with a little elbow grease and a mixture of water and detergent but the agency doesn’t rule out … (read more)

After a flood, act fast to prevent a mold outbreak

After a flood, act fast to prevent a mold outbreak

Isaac in all its guises—hurricane, tropical storm, tropical depression—dropped a lot of rain on residents of the Gulf Coast leaving behind a soggy mess. The next threat for affected homeowners is mold, which can ruin home furnishings and pose problems for residents with allergies, asthma, and compromised immune systems. To keep it in check, homeowners should attack the problem within 24 to 48 hours.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homeowners clean up minor mold outbreaks with a … (read more)