Home & Garden

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:

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Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety

 

Trimming the tree is a traditional holiday pastime. Many prefer the look and scent of a fresh real tree rather than the artificial one; however, if they are not properly cared for, Christmas trees can pose a serious danger. Keep the following tips in mind when selecting and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season:

It’s Time to Winterize Home Plumbing and Avoid Costly Problems

 

That first chilly autumn morning is the perfect reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden, often leaving homeowners unprepared for the plumbing problems associated with cold weather. Southerners should take preventive action to protect their plumbing systems by late November. Failure to prepare early might prove costly when pipes freeze, which is why the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter recommend taking these plumbing precautions early, when time is on your side, instead of waiting until cold weather arrives.

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Warmer temperatures are not only a hint of Spring, but also a sign of termite swarming season. Swarming occurs when large numbers of termites leave their colonies to search for new nesting sites. In an effort to help consumers avoid termites, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges residents to take five simple steps to protect their home. 

1.      Remove wood piles and other cellulose sources from under and next to the home.

2.      Direct water sources, such as air conditioner drip lines and roof downspouts, away from the structure’s foundation.

Termite Swarms Spotted in Florida

According to McCall Service, termite swarms have been spotted in Jacksonville and people need to take warning. The annual cost of termite damage is greater than that of fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Termites typically go unseen and sneak into your home. They can go undetected for months and if left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your Florida home.

If you think your home may be infested by termites, look for these signs: swarming termites or insects, dead termites, small holes in wood, damage to drywall, structural weakness and mud tubes. These wood destroying insects are very destructive to Florida homes as they damage the overall structure.