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Not sure what to do after a fire at your business? Stay calm, and follow this step-by-step guide to make sure you don't miss any important details.

Fires cause serious damage to thousands of businesses in the United States and Canada every year. Even the most prepared business may fall victim to a fire, and they impact every element of your business – your building, supplies, products, tools and people.

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October is National Fire Safety Month. Learn how to teach children about fire safety, from the restoration experts at Rainbow International.

October is National Fire Safety Month! This is a time for fire departments, educators and families to join for a discussion about fire safety. Remember, it’s never too early to teach children the basics of fire safety or to build on your own understanding of fire safety best practices. Read on...Continue Reading

Are air fresheners safe? Odor eliminator sprays may do more harm than good. Laden with chemicals, they often only mask smells. Learn about safe odor removal.

True or false: Odor eliminator sprays eliminate odors. FALSE.

Unfortunately, most odor eliminator sprays do a little more than mask or mingle with existing odors. Worse yet, some make stenches worse and most emit harmful chemicals.

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What is flood insurance? Learn how to protect properties with traditional flood insurance, or special coverage via the National Flood Insurance Program.

An overflowing washing machine or a leaky dishwasher is a real bummer, but it’s often nothing compared to the damage that can be caused when a nearby body of water overflows or a neighborhood storm drain backs up – often when a large quantity of precipitation accumulates quickly.

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A disaster preparedness plan (DPP) is an important step in business continuity planning. Learn how to write a disaster preparedness plan for your business.

A top priority for any business should be the ability to weather an emergency or natural disaster with its employees safe and its property and intellectual assets protected. Knowing what a disaster preparedness plan (DPP) is and how to implement it can take some time, but an effective DPP gives...Continue Reading

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Learn how you can celebrate national preparedness month by prepping for natural disasters.

September doesn’t just mark the beginning of fall, it’s also National Preparedness Month! Learn how to observe National Preparedness month by reviewing safety protocols, emergency supplies and more with your family or employees.

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Moving into a new home? Whether it’s new to you or new construction, learn what you should clean and about move-in cleaning services to consider.

Few things are worse than moving into a new home only to find it dusty and dirty. In a perfect world, a new construction home or new-to-you house would be clean and ready for you to take possession of the property. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

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What is a 100-year floodplain and why does it matter? You may be surprised to learn its definition! Learn about 100-year floods and floodplain management.

A 100-year flood may sound like a new action-adventure movie from Hollywood, but it is, in fact, a real-life flood event that has a slightly misleading name. 100-year floods are strong, damaging events that often come with little to no warning.

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A floodplain is a low-lying area where a waterway may overflow. Learn about floodplain zones and the difference between a floodway and a floodplain.

Is it risky to live on a floodplain? (Possibly!) What should you do if you do? (Buy flood insurance and more.) How were floodplains created? What benefits do they offer to the natural world and its inhabitants? If you have questions about floodplains, you’ll find your answers here.

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Damaged stucco? A crack can become a conduit for water damage and a leak is even worse! Learn about stucco water damage and how to repair water-damaged stucco.

Stucco is an attractive, durable building material. It’s available in a variety of finishes and colors and is resistant (though not impervious) to many threats. In fact, a stucco finish can last as long as 100 years! But, like all materials, stucco is susceptible to...Continue Reading