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How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof?
Dec11

How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof?

Check your doors. They’ll warn you first if you’ve got too much snow on your roof. Image: Simon Steinberger/ Pixabay Odds are your roof is save. It’s not going to cave in from snow. But if you’re really worried you might have too much snow on your roof, here’s how to figure out if your roof is at risk — and how to remove that risk. Weight of the Snow (Not ‘How Much’) Is What Matters...

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What Happens If a Driver Crashes Into Your House?
Dec04

What Happens If a Driver Crashes Into Your House?

By Scott Huntington , Guest Writer •  Insurance Companies, SAFETY, Tips We usually worry about another driver crashing into us on the road or in a parking lot, but what happens if a driver crashes into your house? Let’s take a closer look at this less frequent, but still stressful, type of car accident. First, Check for Injuries and Call 911 Having a car crash into your house is terrifying, especially if you’re just sitting in the...

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Roof Wind Damage: What It Is and How To Spot It
Nov27

Roof Wind Damage: What It Is and How To Spot It

High winds can cause damage to your roof, even without hail or other harmful weather. There are several types of damage high winds can cause to your roof, including leaks, missing shingles, and gutter problems. Shingles roofs especially take a beating during high winds, despite most being rated to withstand 90 mph winds. Damage to your roof can begin at around 50 mph, so you should know how to check your roof for such damage. What Is...

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Discontinued Roof Shingles
Nov20

Discontinued Roof Shingles

Your home’s roof is one of the first things anyone sees when they walk or drive by. It makes up a large part of the façade and curb appeal, and it helps to keep your home safe from the elements – rain, wind, hail, snow, and more. If your roof is showing signs of needing repaired, but your home has discontinued roof shingles, you may wonder what you can do.You want to ensure your roof looks cohesive and nice, but it’s also necessary to...

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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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