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When your neighborhood gets blanketed with snow, you may get to enjoy some time outside with your family, take in the beautiful scenery, or even indulge in a day off from work. But snow brings its fair share of hazards...
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When the temperature drops to freezing, the water in your pipes could easily turn to ice, and these ice blockages could cause increased water pressure and potentially lead to burst water pipes. Breaks can occur anywhere...
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In part one of this blog, Pat and Steve Nugent of Virginia-based John Nugent & Sons shared some simple troubleshooting tips for homeowners whose heaters fail to start. Of course, some problems should only be handled by...
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After months of inactivity—and perhaps too little attention paid to seasonal maintenance—it’s common for heaters to malfunction when turned on in the winter. Brothers Pat and Steve Nugent of Virginia-based John Nugent & Sons point out that a lack of maintenance is...
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Due to hurricanes, snowstorms, and heat waves, combined with the advancing age of the US power grid, blackouts have increased by 124 percent over the past two decades, according to one study. Sometimes the effects of a blackout are merely inconvenient...
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According to the US Fire Administration, fireplace fires account for 36 percent of residential home fires in rural areas each year. By taking a few precautions before lighting a fireplace fire, you can...
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While annual chimney maintenance can be a chore, the time you invest in cleaning and inspecting your fireplace and chimney can pay great dividends in both ease of fireplace use during the depths of winter and keeping your home...
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Icy temperatures drive us indoors to bundle up under warm blankets while winter wages war outside. As the joys of summer slip away, it’s important to prepare your backyard for extreme...
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While your backyard takes a winter break from growing and blooming, you also get to enjoy a brief vacation from yard-care duties. However, to prepare a yard for harsh winter conditions...
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If you read our previous blog, Why Winterizing Your Home Is Important, then you already know that prepping your home for the winter will save you money, guard you from unnecessary repairs...
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