Frozen pipes can cause tremendous damage to your home. When water in a pipe freezes, it expands and puts immense pressure on both metal and plastic pipes ─ and when the pipe breaks, it could potentially release a cascade of water into your home, causing mass amounts of structural damage. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, claim payments by all insurance companies in the past decade for those kinds of losses have exceeded $4 billion.
The busiest time of the year has arrived! As we dive in head first into the holiday rush with shopping, cooking, and transforming our homes with festive decorations, we sometimes fail to take into consideration the most common home emergencies that tend to occur during the holiday season. Even during the most wonderful time of the year, accidents can happen that can lead to significant home damages, injuries, and even fatalities.
Arguably the country’s most favored and celebrated holiday; Thanksgiving rejoices in being thankful for family, friends, and a bountiful year. There is a plethora of fixings, trimmings and frills that are offered at the Thanksgiving feast but unquestionably the centerpiece of dinner, the turkey, requires the most planning and preparation. The conventional way of roasting a turkey as well as newfound trends such as turkey frying have become popular and widespread in recent years but it is important to remember that this process can be a dangerous fire hazard if not done appropriately.
Traditional Halloween decorations such as Halloween Paper Mache, streamers, dried cornstalks, patterned leaves, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns and lighting bonfires, etc., are enjoyed by both children and adults alike. However, it is important to recognize these conventional activities can be fire hazards and holiday decorating should be done in a nontoxic and safe manner to avoid such risks.
Primarily, one should always keep decorations a safe
With the official start of fall right around the corner and winter not far behind now is a good time to do some seasonal maintenance on your home. The shift between the seasons can be quick and unpredictable so it is important to prepare for both in order to avoid costly repairs and aggravation. Here are some tips for getting the interior, exterior, and garage ready for not only the fall but also the following winter months:
Cornerstone wishes all a happy 4th of July holiday weekend! Before enjoying the outdoor festivities and fireworks, please review these recommended safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
Ice dams are a common destructive roofing dilemma materializing during the winter months. Typically roofing concerns arise when snow melts, runs down a rooftop and refreezes near the edges. As a rule ice dams are created by having a warm attic space resulting in a combination of poor attic and roof ventilation. Ice damming can cause extensive damage to your roof, gutters, insulation and interior ice walls therefore it is imperative one learns how to prevent such.
The cold winter months can cause pipes to freeze and burst, which can lead to significant and costly destruction to your home. Check out this short video clip on how Cornerstone Restoration & Appraisal is the leading expert in water damage!
Christmas is just around the corner! With all the hustle and bustle surrounding this magnificent and majestic holiday, this is also the time of year most folks start to buckle down with holiday trim, decor and essentials. Christmas decorations, from stunning and luminous colors lighting up picturesque neighborhoods to warm feelings spending the holidays with loved ones, there is not much to dislike about Christmas ornaments and embellishments. As with most decorations, there are some drawbacks. Using more electricity is a natural part of the holiday season. However, danger looms due to strain put on powering these decorations among other hazards most are not aware of.