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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

Uh-oh, has your ceiling sprung a leak? Water leaking through a ceiling is never ok! Learn how to stop water from leaking through the ceiling.

Is water leaking through the ceiling? That’s a problem no homeowner should ignore. If you’ve noticed drops of water coming through the ceiling or even just a wet spot, take immediate action. Left untreated, ceiling water damage can lead to more than just some unsightly stains. It could result in...Continue Reading

Noticed water damage on your home ceiling? Learn how to determine if it's caused by water damage from a leaking roof and how to locate roof water damage.

Worried about water damage from a leaky roof? Maybe you’ve recently looked up at your ceiling and wondered how long a suspicious damp patch has been there—or you’ve noticed your roof itself is looking a little worse for wear. Roof water damage is common, and it's not something that should be...Continue Reading

Some types of water damage may be eligible for coverage by homeowners insurance. Learn what is covered and check out our water damage insurance claim tips.

Your home is valuable, and homeowners insurance is a great way to protect that asset. But not all homeowners insurance is created equal and even the top-shelf policies might not cover all types of water damage.

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Sick dog, sick kid, sick employee – it doesn’t matter who’s sick, someone needs to clean it up! Learn how to clean up vomit and what removes vomit smells.

We’ve all been there. Whether you had a crazy night out (hello, St. Patrick’s Day!) or a crazy night in (your kids came home with a bug), we have everything you need to clean up vomit without puking yourself. If you’re reading this without an immediate need– good for you! Set up a...Continue Reading

Not sure the best way to clear smoke out of the house? If you've burned popcorn or forgotten to open the fireplace flue, learn how to clear a room of smoke, fast.

Fire alarm shrieking in your ear? Your home can fill up with smoke in an instant from something as simple as a closed flue or burning popcorn. Cooking skills aside, if you notice that your home is frequently inundated by smoke, it’s time to get serious about ventilation. Poor ventilation...Continue Reading

Summer means tick and flea season. Learn how carpet cleaning can kill fleas and how to get rid of fleas in carpet and on other soft surfaces.

Summer is here! You can look forward to good weather, good times … and the occasional unwelcome house guest. That’s right—it’s flea and tick season. Whether you find these pests on yourself after a hike or if Fido brings them into your home, remember, the key is acting quickly. And as always, an...Continue Reading

There are many questions surrounding condo repairs: Who is responsible for what? Learn about condo repairs responsibility and what you may be on the hook for.

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments we’ll make in our lifetimes. For some of us, that home will be a condominium. One of the perks of owning a condominium is knowing that a portion of the upkeep will be taken care of by the Homeowners Association, or HOA.

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