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Category: Home Sense

What You Should Know About Common Household Poisons

Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to poison control centers across America. And according to the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), more than 90% of those poisonings occur at home. To help you identify any potential poison risks in your home – and know what to do if a poisoning occurs – here’s what you should know about common household poisons....

6 Ways to Prevent Home Water Damage

How can you protect your home from water damage? The problem: Plumbing failure from frozen, rusted or leaky pipes The fix: Remember, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Look for any telltale signs of leaks like unusually high water bills, mold or mildew growth, water stains on walls and warm spots on your floor. To prevent frozen pipes, keep your...

How To Dig Out After a Blizzard

  If you live in an area that regularly sees snow, clearing the driveways and sidewalks after a winter storm is a regular part of life. But when severe winter weather strikes, and the snowfall is measured in feet instead of inches, digging out becomes a lot more work. Even if the weather caught you off guard, you’ll still have to brave the cold and...

What Is Radon? Facts, Testing and Mitigation

What is radon? This radioactive gas is the product of the natural decay of uranium in soil, rock and water. That means it’s likely in the air you breathe every day. While the potential health risks of radon are very low in small doses, prolonged or high level exposure can lead to serious health concerns – including lung cancer. Keep reading to find out the...

What is Guaranteed Replacement Cost?

Replacement Cost vs. Market Value: What's the Difference? When you purchase a home and start thinking about protecting your investment, this is often the first question. The answer is often: More than you just paid for it, Buckel says. See also: How Much Does Homeowners Insurance Cost? “People naturally gravitate to how much they paid for the house, but we’re not insuring it to buy it...