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By Ashley Parker | Technical Writer
The holidays are, without a doubt, the busiest time of the year. Between cleaning, cooking, planning and attending parties, and buying and wrapping presents, few spare a thought for the safety of their homes. The following home safety checklist will allow you to spend less...
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By Julia Clem | Technical Writer
Choosing the right door lock is one of the most important decisions you can make for the security of your home. There is a wide variety of home locks—both traditional and electronic—on the market, so even if the style and finish are just as important to you as the level of...
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By Julia Clem | Technical Writer
If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, you may have heard the term creosote. What is creosote? It isn’t something you want to have in your chimney, that’s for sure. Creosote is a toxic substance created by burning wood. When wood burns, it releases more than just...
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By Brittani Banks | Technical Writer
Many Americans will be firing up their fireplace this winter. In fact, the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association reports that more than half of US households have at least one fireplace or freestanding stove. While a fireplace adds to the ambience of your home...
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By Laura Hucke | Technical Writer
While many of us may never experience a house fire, it is a very real threat that can strike at any time if the proper preventative measures are not taken. However, if you are diligent and cautious, you can enjoy the cozy ambience that a crackling fireplace or a scented candle...
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By Julia Clem | Technical Writer
With winter vacations quickly approaching, now is the time to start making plans for winter preparedness. Whether you’re flying the coop in search of warmer weather for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll need to take some important steps to ready your house for the cold...
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By Stephanie Singleton | Technical Writer
Watching the sun rise over a blanket of freshly fallen snow with a warm cup of hot chocolate in hand can seem like the perfect start to a weekend morning. But if you’re drinking that cup of hot chocolate in order to keep warm because a menacing winter storm has knocked out your...
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Best Pick Reports would like to congratulate DryHome Roofing & Siding, a Northern Virginia Best Pick since 2011, on being named Roofing Contractor’s 2014 Residential Roofing Contractor of the Year. According to Roofing Contractor, DryHome earned this distinction by...
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By Maggie Clendenin | Technical Writer
Now that cold weather has arrived, it’s tempting for many homeowners to set a fire in the fireplace, keep cozy under a few blankets, and wait for warmer days before returning to the task of keeping their homes spick-and-span. However, no matter how cheerfully your...
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By Teija Johanson | Research Supervisor and Contributing Writer
The storm has come and gone, and now you are left with the aftermath. Your home likely needs your attention, and you may not know where to start. Before you jump in headfirst on a project, be careful—you don’t want to accidentally make your repair needs worse or injure...
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