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HOW TO PREVENT ICE DAMS: 5 WINTER ROOFTOP STRATEGIES
Nov13

HOW TO PREVENT ICE DAMS: 5 WINTER ROOFTOP STRATEGIES

Author: Diana Rodriguez-Zaba If we’re lucky, Chicago’s first snowfall gets the kids outside to play and covers the city in a beautiful white blanket. It also starts the freezing and melting process that forms ice dams on the eaves. You can’t stop the snow, and you can’t stop the thaw, so how do you put ice dam prevention strategies in place to protect your home? It takes a little planning to be ready for that next wave of...

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9 Fun Facts About Insulation
Nov06

9 Fun Facts About Insulation

Many homeowners don’t realize how important insulation is for their home. Insulation not only reduces the transfer of sounds, but also reduces the transfer of heat to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Because energy costs have risen in the past century, a properly insulated home is a must. Here are some fun facts about insulation from our heating and cooling service company: 1. Dirty homes The earliest form of...

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45 Strange Facts About Halloween
Oct30

45 Strange Facts About Halloween

Ghosts, ghouls, and candy: what’s not to like about Halloween? The supernatural celebration has deep pagan roots and a long history. Plus, who doesn’t want to get into the spooky spirit by watching a couple of horror movies and dressing up as your favorite character? Here are 45 strange but true Halloween facts to tide you over until your favorite holiday arrives. 1. Warding Off Demons The tradition of wearing scary costumes on...

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History of the Jack O’ Lantern
Oct23

History of the Jack O’ Lantern

Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world.Gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”—the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas....

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The 10 Most Haunted Places In Illinois You Need To Visit
Oct16

The 10 Most Haunted Places In Illinois You Need To Visit

byKEVIN SCHWALLER0000 Anyone from Illinois knows of at least one “haunted” place; it’s basically a must. From graveyards to hotels, Illinois is home to some of the absolute spookiest places around the state. Here are the 10 most haunted places in Illinois you need to visit…if you dare. 10. Excalibur/The Castle – Chicago, IL Often referred to as Excalibur, the building definitely looks like it’s haunted just from the...

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What’s the Actual History of Halloween—and Why Do We Celebrate It on October 31?
Oct09

What’s the Actual History of Halloween—and Why Do We Celebrate It on October 31?

It’s a longer story than you might think. BY BLAIR DONOVAN AND MARISSA GOLDSEP 4, 2019 GETTY IMAGES The history of Halloween goes all the way back to a pagan festival called Samhain.The word “Halloween” comes from”All Hallows’ Eve” and means “hallowed evening.”Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween...

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How to Protect Your Home in a Zombie Invasion
Oct02

How to Protect Your Home in a Zombie Invasion

Admit it: The zombie apocalypse is inevitable. Here’s a step-by-step guide to keeping the undead out of your houseBy ThisOldHouse.com We See Dead People VIEW AS SLIDESHOWPHOTO BY EVERETT COLLECTION Whether it’s because the (new, rescheduled!) endtimes are here (thank you, Mayans!), or just because TV shows, movies, and books are telling us so, a zombie world takeover is inevitable. So how can you protect your home and...

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What’s Causing the Roof to Leak?
Sep25

What’s Causing the Roof to Leak?

By Christophor Jurin Roof leaks present multiple challenges for homeowners. They never occur at a time which is convenient and they can lead to significant damage to the interior of your home. Their effects can linger long after the repair has been made in the form of mold growth on the interior surfaces of your home. Sometimes determining the source of the roof leak can be an even greater challenge. The source of the roof leak...

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Tips To Maintain Your Home’s Exterior
Sep18

Tips To Maintain Your Home’s Exterior

By Jaclyn Crawford As you already know, to keep your home in the best shape possible, you must take the time to maintain it. This goes for both inside your home and outside. In fact, exterior home maintenance can help to avoid interior issues in some cases. If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled some time to maintain your home’s exterior, now is the time to do so. It can make a huge difference. Here are some exterior home...

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4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks
Sep11

4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

A leaking roof causes more trouble than an annoying “drip drop” from your ceiling; it can damage your attic insulation and roof deck and lead to mold and mildew growth and reduced energy efficiency. Roof leaks can be due several causes, all of which will require the immediate assistance of a professional roofing contractor. Here are some common roof leak culprits: 1. Loose, Cracked or Rotting Shingles: If your roof is 20 to...

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