Keep the Rain out and Prevent Flooding

April 24, 2019

Preventing Flood

  When water runoff overwhelms your drainage system, you get flooding. Many towns in Maine are in extreme flood zones, while others are in moderate. At any time though, your home can flood due to excess rain amount. This Spring is no different. We have had many rain storms following a snowy winter. Thus, river flooding and ground saturation is high.  How to prevent flooding in home? Check all drainage around the outside and inside of your home. Do you have gutters? Make sure they are clear to help move the water where you want it to go.  Make sure you have proper grading of the soil around your home so the slope will deter water from your home. check the basement for slop and drainage too. If everything is level, you will not have drainage if water gets into the basement and you will need a sump pump to move the water. A sump pump will be placed below the basement level and will pump water from inside the home to outside. Always make sure you have a battery backup or generator in case the electricity goes out.  When municipal wastewater systems get stress there may be issues...

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6 Easy Ways to Avoid getting your Packages Stolen from your Doorstep

November 21, 2017

Avoid your packages stolen

  96% of Americans shop online. The stats are staggering on how many people shop online and where they shop. As we shop more and more online, we must consider the delivery of our packages. According to package theft statistics, each year more than 23 million Americans have their packages stolen. We’ve seen it on tv, a homeowner gets a text alert from his home security that someone is at his door. While watching the video, he can see someone go up to his door and take his packages running away. Because he has the video and can support his claim, he gets a full refund.   You should always look over the fine print when ordering from an online retailer to make sure they have a delivery guarantee. If not, you may be out of luck. What can you do to avoid your packages from getting stolen? Install a security camera at the front door of your home. Most break ins happen to the front door of your home. A security camera will also serve as a deterrent to thieves. Click here for a simple chart to help you determine the best security system for you home.  Have...

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

September 25, 2017

Home maintenance checklist

  Fall is the best time to take care of your Fall home maintenance before the colder temperatures arrive. The small things can make a big difference, but they are also hard to remember. From looking over the exterior of your home to the Fall maintenance of your heating system, these things will help reduce future headaches and money. Here is a quick Fall Home Maintenance checklist that takes you from the top to the bottom of your home. Outside Fall Maintenance     Roof  Inspect for wear and tear. If shingles are lifting up, crackling or broken, replace them.  If any moss is growing on the shingles, clean it off. Make sure they are not broken down under the moss. Check flashing around chimneys and pipes. Look for any areas that may leak.  Trim all hanging branches from trees to prevent potential dropping on the roof. Gutters Clean gutters and downspouts as leaves pile up. Look for any wood rot and repair. Inspect all drainage areas to make sure things are clear and not pooling. Windows and Doors Inspect trim for any holes that may need to be caulked. Replace screens with storm windows.  Check all seals for...

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How to Protect Your Home from Summertime Burglaries

July 19, 2017

Protect Your Home from Summertime Burglaries

It’s an unfortunate truth: summer vacation season is also prime break-in season. Both here in Maine and throughout the United States. Learn how to protect your home with these great tips. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice published a report that identified a recurring pattern in the number of home burglaries that occurred throughout the year. From 1993 to 2010, national crime statistics showed that the rates of home burglaries rose and fell at the same time(s) each year. “For household property crimes [our] data indicates that there are seasonal patterns in household burglary and larceny, with higher rates in the summer and lower rates during other seasons of the year.” (Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends, June 2014 U.S. Department of Justice|Office of Justice Programs|Bureau of Justice Statistics) On average, the research found that throughout the country, household burglary rates were approximately 11% lower in winter then they were during the summer months. ‘V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N’ Spells Opportunity for Thieves During the months of June, July and August, a combination of several factors – unique to the season – often create the ‘perfect storm’ of conditions that can give criminals both more opportunities and easier access to your home....

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