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The Importance of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

By |May 4th, 2016|

While the topic of air duct cleaning has been a hot debate in recent years between the HVAC industry and its consumers, there are many reasons it is important to both your home and health. According to the NACDA—The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance, and Restoration Association, “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are.” By conducting […]

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3 Common Misconceptions about Mold Mitigation

By |April 5th, 2016|

Several factors can lead to the presence of Indoor mold in a business or home, including:

Chronic humidity and condensation
Poor ventilation
Improper appliance exhaust
Improperly mitigated water damage

Whatever the reason, once discovered, it’s important to take steps to properly remove and mitigate the mold once and for all by hiring a mold remediation company. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions and advice out there that lead some home and business owners to try to remove the mold themselves…which is almost never successful. […]

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Furnace Puff Backs: Prevention & Cleanup

By |March 21st, 2016|

Any home or business that is heated with an oil furnace runs the risk of experiencing a furnace puff back. If you aren’t familiar with puff backs, they are caused when an oil burner doesn’t immediately ignite, allowing oil fumes to build up prior to ignition. The result is a small explosion, similar to a car backfiring, of the un-burned oil that sends soot through the furnace or boiler’s exhaust system and/or air ducts right into your house or business – coating walls, bedding, drapes, furniture and more. […]

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6 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Your Winter Vacation

By |February 15th, 2016|

If you are planning on getting away this winter, you need to make sure your home is ready for your vacation before you start shopping for flip flops and sunscreen. We have been fortunate in New England that so far the winter has been relatively mild, but cold temperatures and snow storms are very common in February, March and sometimes even April. By planning how to best prepare your home for your absence you can protect it from potential hazards, and save a little money as well – freeing up some extra cash for souvenirs. […]

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3 Things to Do if Your Pipes Burst

By |February 12th, 2016|

Burst pipes typically occur when temperatures dip well below the freezing mark and water in the pipes freezes, then expands. Older homes tend to be more vulnerable, but it can happen to any home depending on how well the pipes are insulated and where they are located.

If your pipe should burst, you need to act fast to stop or mitigate any potential water damage. […]

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4 Winter Carpet Cleaning Tips

By |January 28th, 2016|

Winters in Maine and New Hampshire aren’t just tough on the outside of your home, they can also be challenging to the inside as you and your family track snow, dirt and salt inside – all of which can potentially stain and damage your carpet. By following a few simple cleaning tips, you can keep your carpeting clean and remove or reduce any salt stains. […]

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6 Easy Ways to Prevent Ice Dams

By |January 11th, 2016|

Snow and cold weather have finally arrived in Maine and New Hampshire, which is great news for ski resorts but can often lead to headaches for homeowners. Along with rising heating bills, another side effect of winter weather is an increased chance of ice dams forming on your roof.

Ice dams are continuous blocks of ice that form along the edges of your roof due to melting snow. They occur when all or part of your roof heats up to 32 degrees. This is typically caused by heat from your home escaping through the roof, often as a result of a warm attic. The escaping heat melts patches of snow on your roof, causing it to trickle to the edge where it refreezes as the temperature cools – creating an ice dam. The more snow on the roof, the greater the heat loss, and the longer period of time that temperatures remain below freezing, the greater the chances are that an ice dam will form. […]

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7 Tips to Prevent Christmas Fires

By |December 17th, 2015|

Christmas is traditionally one of the happiest times of the year, especially for families with young children eager to see what presents Santa is going to leave for them beneath the Christmas tree. Unfortunately for a few families, their Christmas dreams will be dashed by a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments typically respond to 200 home fires annually that began with Christmas trees. Even one Christmas-related fire is too many. By following a few simple precautions, you will greatly reduce your family’s risk of experiencing a fire this Christmas season. […]

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3 Tips to Avoid Burst Pipes This Winter

By |December 11th, 2015|

Winter cold weather and sub-zero temperatures are here, as well as many of the problems that go hand-in-hand with extreme cold, including burst pipes.

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How to Cope with Fire and Smoke Damage

By |November 16th, 2015|

A fire in your home or business is one of the most traumatic experiences most of us will likely ever encounter. While it may be tempting to sit back and wait for the insurance company to handle all the details for you once the flames have been extinguished, it is critical that home and business owners immediately call professional fire and smoke damage restoration professionals who have received proper training and certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) if they hope to get their home or business back to normal. […]