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Spring Maintenance Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2021 2:32:53 PM posted in Spring Maintenance Tips, Spring Cleanup, Spring Cleaning

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Finally, Winter has to come to an end! The Winter of 2021 will be remembered as one of the snowiest in recent memory and for some local areas the snowiest ever as records were shattered. It seemed like the snow would never melt but we have finally made it! Winter may have left us for the time being, but it has also left most people’s homes in desperate need of some repairs.  Below is a checklist of what to look out for that might need repair after a harsh winter season:

Damaged Roofing- When checking for damaged roofing remember to always exercise safety and caution first. We recommend that you DO NOT look for troubled spots on the roof from the exterior leave that to a professional. What you can do is go into the attic and check for signs of moisture by using a flashlight. Additionally, you could also look for pinpoints of daylight showing through. If there are signs of moisture and daylight showing through your roof then you need the help of a professional.
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Ways to Avoid a Christmas Tree Fire this Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 1, 2020 11:06:34 AM posted in Christmas

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The holiday season is supposed to be a happy time to celebrate with family and friends. But not taking the proper precautions can lead to some pretty devastating consequences. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there was an average of 160 home fires that started with live Christmas trees between 2013-2017. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
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Preventing Frozen Pipes

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 8, 2020 10:11:01 AM posted in Damage Prevention, Water Damage, Frozen pipes, Pipe Burst, Home maintenance, DIY

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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.

 

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Prevent These Common Home Emergencies During the Holidays!

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 3, 2019 12:22:05 PM posted in Fire Damage, Fire Prevention, Safety tips, Home safety, Fire Safety, family safety, Christmas safety, holiday safety

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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.

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Thanksgiving Home Safety Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 13, 2019 12:58:52 PM posted in Insurance Coverage, Home safety, Fire Safety, Thanksgiving Cooking Safety, Cooking Safety

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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.

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Halloween Home Safety Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2019 10:18:09 AM posted in Insurance Coverage, Halloween safety, Home safety, Halloween, Fire Safety, Decoration safety, family safety

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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 

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Preparing your Home for the Fall and Winter Seasons

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2019 12:07:13 PM posted in Water Damage, Home safety, Fire Safety, Winter Damage, Home maintenance, Winter home maintenance, Fall home maintenance

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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:

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Fireworks Safety Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 1, 2019 2:31:50 PM posted in Emergency Preparedness, holiday safety, fireworks saferty

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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:

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Preventing Ice Dams

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2019 10:52:40 AM posted in Damage Prevention, Home Restoration, Water Damage, Home safety, Frozen pipes, Winter Damage, Ice Dams, Roof Damage, Home maintenance, DIY

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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.

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Cornerstone Appraisal and Restoration, the leading expert in water damage!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 7, 2019 10:51:28 AM posted in Damage Prevention, Cornerstone News, Water Damage, Winter Damage, Winter home maintenance, DIY

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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! 

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