Ivy around your house can look so wonderful!!

Seeing the green leaves and new growth makes you feel great but your future headache
is about to happen! The expense in repairing and replacing exterior and interior walls can
really be a huge headache!

The roots of your vines  can grow into small cracks in your siding. This can lead to trapping moisture,
leaking inside your walls and rot. On brick it causes failing mortar joints.
The vines can damage other parts of your house as they envelop it. The vines can
pull off gutters, window panes, roofing materials, and wires due to their growth and heaviness.

When vines get into the cracks of your home the freeze and thaw cycle allow those
cracks to become bigger allowing pests and varmints to enter your home as well.


Most importantly this dense coverage also conceals what’s occurring to the
exterior walls and averts regular maintenance

Learn the best way to grow your beloved vines without damaging your home!

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Ok, I just had to put this in the blog!!

I found this somewhere and thought it explained the difference between
a Tornado Watch and a Warning!




Frayed Wires, Old Stiff Wires, Outdated wires, Over Used Wires,
Wrong Size Wires
Can Cause Electrical Fires

Decorating with Lights can be so fun especially when everything goes right!


Be aware of what you are doing and What you are using to decorate your trees or
the outside of your house.

Follow these Simple Rules to Avoid Electrical Fires

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burglar at house

Wintertime Break is coming up! Vacations, outings, and business trips may leave your home vulnerable to would be theft. When you’re preparing for your vacation use these 10 simple tips to protect your home, family and property!


10. Don’t Showboat

When you buy expensive electronics do not leave the empty boxes at the curb for trash pick up and all to see. Don’t leave expensive property in the view of the neighborhood.

9. Deceiving Burglars

Break-ins usually occur during the day. Have a scheduling device to give the appearance that someone is home.

8. Secure Doors and Windows

One of the easiest ways of breaking in is by popping the sliding glass door off its frame, even when its locked. By securing the sliding glass door with a wooden stick cut to length, you prevent the door from sliding open.

7. Don’t Leave Hidden Spare Keys at Your Front Door 

Do not have a spare key where someone might watch you retrieve it, therefore getting access to your home. A better idea is to have a trusted friend or neighbor have a second key on hand.

6. Secure Your Yard

Creepy tall bushes close against the siding allows a perfect spot for a would be burglar to hide. Keep you shrubs and bushes cut back and yard well lit not leaving a spot for burglars to use.

5. Get Police Help

Take advantage of your police resource. Sign up for surveillance while you are going to be away.

4. Prepare Before Vacation

Call your trusted neighbors to know you are leaving town. Make sure to have your newspaper and mail stopped during this time.

3. Know Your Neighbors

Neighbors that know each other usually results in lower crime rates. Your neighbor may be able to spot unusual activity on your property while you are away.

2. Stay Vigilant

Even though you have taken the precautions it is important to stay alert. If you are not paying attention you may be welcoming a burglar into your home with open arms.

1. Lock it Up

Always keep doors and windows locked, including dead bolts when possible. It’s the number one way to deter would be thieves.

To get more information on each of these topics go to the full article on Top 10 ways to Discourage Break-ins, by Cristen Conger

You Should Be Looking At the Indoor Air Quality of Your Home!

According to the World Health Organization
3.8 million premature deaths annually from noncommunicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer are attributed to exposure to household air pollution.
There is also evidence of links between household air pollution and low birth weight, tuberculosis, cataract, nasopharyngeal and laryngeal cancers.


Why does Indoor Air Quality matter?

The air quality of our indoor environments affects our health and often contributes to structural degradation and building failures within our homes.

Here is a List of Some Other Chronic Symptoms from Poor Indoor Air Quality

Asthma, Pneumonia, Allergies, Lung Cancer, Headaches, Sinus Pressure, Sore Throats, Ear Infections, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Nausea, and Fatigue

The Most Common Pollutants:

Radon, Carbon Monoxide, Soot, Mold, Mildew, Dirty Air Ducts, Pet Hair, Dander, and Pet Urine,Volatile Organic Compounds from Carpet and Pad Off Gasing, Formaldehyde, Lead, Dust, and Asbestos


5 Simple Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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We Had a Seminar on Electricity.

The main part of the Seminar was over how electricity works and how our
bodies are a perfect conductor of electricity. We heard some serious gruesome
stories of how loved ones have died in an instant from just simple mistakes of being in
contact with water and electricity.

Anything can become electrocuted!


So Do Not Become a Statistic! Know Your Facts and Think Before You Act.

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Owning a Home Defibrillator

With approximately 425,000 victims per year, sudden cardiac arrest
is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
During cardiac arrest, your brain and vital organs are starved of blood and oxygen,
potentially causing permanent damage, and often death.
Although CPR is a vital step in the life-saving process, only defibrillation from a portable
Automated Exterior Defibrillator can restore the heart’s normal rhythm and ultimately save your life.


For Peace of Mind Own a AED!
One Day It May Save Your Life!

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The Home Safety Saver Emergency Breath System

I just learned about these at a Seminar.

Emergency Breath System. When your Smoke Detector Goes Off You
Grab This and It Protects You From the Poisonous Gases From the Smoke!
Giving you Time to Get Out Of the HOUSE!

Non Contact Voltage Ticker

A noncontact voltage tester is a useful tool for any kind of electrical work.
There’s no quicker or simpler way to safely check for electrical current in a wire,
outlet, switch, or an old lamp that has mysteriously stopped working.

When you see a wire in an attic, or burned electrical outlet you can use the Voltage
Ticker to check and see if there is electricity running through the line.

This will help you avoid shock, being electrocuted or getting burned.


How to Use a Non Contact Voltage Ticker

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Fireplaces are so wonderful to have in the wintertime!


Their warm glow makes for a great place to put your feet up and relax.
However, as with anything you use, there is maintenance involved in making sure
you do not catch your chimney on fire.

The real function of your fireplace chimney is to carry dangerous flue gases
from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely up and out of your home.

Fireplace Chimneys Need Special Care to Avoid Chimney Fires!

Chimney Fires are caused from the build up of Creosote.
The substances that the chimney help expel are:
Smoke, water vapor, gases, wood particles that did not get burned, hydrocarbon, tar fog and assorted minerals.
As these substances exit the fireplace or wood stove, and flow up into the cooler part of the chimney, this causes
condensation. Therefore the resulting residue that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney is called creosote.


Creosote is highly combustible. When it builds up into sufficient quantities,
and the internal flue temperature is high enough, this can result into a chimney fire.

Chimney fires can be costly!


To Prevent Chimney Fires you need to make sure there is no Creosote Build up by
Hiring a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep to inspect your solid fuel venting system and that should be done annually.
They will inspect, clean, and repair as necessary.

Learn the signs that indicate you have a problem with your chimney and keep from having a Chimney Fire:

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