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Save Money this Holiday Season

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is saving money. And with January being one of the coldest months of the year, you are likely to spend extra on heating your home. Use these tips to save money this holiday season + GO LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL.

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Roof Leaks and Mold: How Slow Water Damage Can Build Up

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

You can’t imagine a small drop of water causing any harm, can you? But what about thousands of water drops? If it finds a way into your home, water will easily penetrate all the porous materials in the property and may cause severe structural damage and mold growth long before you become aware of the problem. So, even a very …

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How to Help a Hoarder

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Hoarding – a type of anxiety disorder that prevents the affected individuals from assessing the actual value of an item and making informed decisions about their possessions and their own lives – has been a growing concern in the United States over the last several decades. Hoarders accumulate large amounts of worthless items and get emotionally attached to them, without …

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Flood Safety Tips – Kitchen Inspection Video

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Clogged drains and leaky pipes can cause big headaches in your kitchen but a little preventative maintenance will keep them in good shape. These tips will help keep water where it belongs and your kitchen dry. Watch the video and keep reading… Turn on the faucet in the sink and the sprayer, if you use one. Check around the base …

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How to Clean Up Flood Damage in your Home

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

All homes experience some water damage from time to time because there are so many ways that excess water can enter your home.  Any amount of water can cause problems in a home but the damage is much worse if there is significant in-home flooding.  A flooded house can sustain plenty of damage as the water can weaken structural elements, …

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Dealing with Sewer Backup – Do’s and Don’ts

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Few things rattle a homeowner more than having a sewage backup. The smell is unmistakable and the thought of all that bacteria and other hazardous waste in your home is appalling. Sewage backup do’s and don’ts Here are a few do’s and don’ts for dealing with a sewer backup from the Department of Public Health. Do keep children and pets away …

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Black Mold – Mold Damage Tips

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Black Mold Finding a water leak isn’t fun, especially if it’s been leaking for a while, but there’s a much more serious thing to worry about than wet belongings – mold. There have been many sensationalized stories on the news about the dangers of black mold, but it’s important to remember that not all mold is black mold. Stachybotrys chartarum …

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Hoarding

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

By now, most people have heard of hoarding, mostly due to the cable show Hoarders. There’s a big difference between ordinary household disarray and hoarding. Typical clutter can usually be picked up quickly, and is usually temporary. Hoarding Stages Hoarding is a chronic condition assessed in five stages. In stage one, every room is still accessible, but closets are overstuffed …