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Attic Storage Hazards for Homeowners

Picture by Roger Mommaerts (flickr.com)

Picture by Roger Mommaerts (flickr)

Homeowners who don’t pay attention to what’s going on in their attics can face costly damage that can spread throughout their entire home. Internet is full of videos made with wireless ip video surveillance cameras which capture critters such as mice, squirrels, bats and bees living in people’s attics; meanwhile, one in 10 homeowners have never even seen their attics.

Rodents in the attic can be a nuisance at best, and if they are not eradicated quickly, they can become home wreckers, as squirrels and rats have been known to chew through electrical wires in attics. While this almost always ends badly for the animals, sparks from their gnawing can set the house on fire.

Many attics also house mechanical equipment, such as central air conditioning systems, exhaust fans, electrical junction boxes and plumbing. Homeowners should regularly make sure that any system that is connected to an electrical or water source in their attic is in good working condition, as a burst pipe or a clogged drain in the attic could lead to widespread water damage on the floors below.
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Insurance for Snowplow Damage

Our West Coast readers can skip this post. All other homeowners in the U.S. are aware that with a snow comes snowplow damage.
Mailboxes often are the first objects damaged because of snowplows, and the city ordinance may note that city shouldn’t be responsible for digging them out if they are covered with snow. Many properties sustain damage after a municipal snowplow driver tear apart the entire length of road at the front of residence, damage parked vehicles, lawns. Residents whose property lie beside public roads are reminded not to place any type of private property, including landscaping shrubbery, fences, light posts or mailboxes, in the right of way.
Here is a short video of snowplow literally cleans Brooklyn’s street.

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Protect your personal information from online risks

Going online has become part of everyday life – whether for shopping, sending email or paying bills and managing accounts. However, many worry that technology-related issues, including unsolicited emails and unsecure websites, can affect information stored online. The 2013 Travelers Consumer Risk Index shows that 41% of Americans worry about computer and technology issues. These were ranked second among the top five risks causing the most concern. Taking precautions when browsing the Web can help reduce your risk of a cyber attack. Read these tips to learn how to help stay safe online.Read More »Protect your personal information from online risks