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7 parts of your home to check for winter weather damage

7 parts of your home to check for winter weather damage

Winter and the snow and cold that it brings can do some serious damage to a home’s exterior.

There are several very common problems usually brought on by the winter months, including damage done to roofs, foundations and pipes.

Insurance agents can share this list with their clients to help them check their homes for damage and give them an idea of what the costs will be to remedy these common problems after winter:

How much would it cost to insure Downton Abbey?

How much would it cost to insure Downton Abbey?

Is there anyone else out there who wonders how you're going to spend Sunday evenings going forward?  As I was reflecting on the series finale this morning, I remembered a few articles that I'd read about Downton Abbey and the insurance world.  With the show's loyal following, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to find that someone took the time to calculate the cost of insurance for the estate.

5 ways to protect your home during a storm

5 ways to protect your home during a storm

For many parts of the United States, stormy winter weather has been relentless.

In late January, the East Coast was attacked by the Winter Storm Jonas, which produced record levels of snowfall in multiple locations in Pennsylvania, New York and Baltimore.

Around the same time, much of the West Coast got drenched with rain from El Niño that was badly needed in drought-stricken areas such as California, but also caused massive floods that kept insurers very busy.

9 Ways to Minimize Holiday Fire Risks

9 Ways to Minimize Holiday Fire Risks

The winter holidays are beloved for the warmth and light they bring to a cold, dark season. But this wondrous time of year isn’t free from danger. According to the American Red Cross, almost 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, taking over 500 lives, injuring thousands of people, and resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. Fortunately, many holiday fire risks can be minimized with a little care and planning. Here’s how to avoid some common causes of holiday fires.

How Much Snow Can Your Roof Handle?

How Much Snow Can Your Roof Handle?

It’s important to understand your risk of roof collapse due to the weight of snow on the roof. How much weight can a roof support? How can I prevent snow roof collapse? Should I use a snow roof rake or call a professional for roof snow removal? Get these answers and more to help prevent a roof collapse.

Reduce Damage to Homes from Alternative Heating Sources

Reduce Damage to Homes from Alternative Heating Sources

Consumers often turn to alternative heating systems like wood pellet stoves (a.k.a. wood burning stove or wood pellet furnace) during the winter to heat their homes. If you’re considering switching to a wood pellet stove, space heater, or fireplace this winter, consider the following safety information.

Prevent Damage from Frozen Pipes

Prevent Damage from Frozen Pipes

Water damage restoration can get pricey. That’s why it’s best to understand your risk of water damage. Don’t get stuck with expensive water damage repair and water damage cleanup. A burst pipe can result from frozen pipes, so you must keep pipes from freezing. Keep reading for more information to help you gauge your water damage risk.

Winter Holiday Fire Safety

Winter Holiday Fire Safety

The holiday season can be an enjoyable time of the year for many people. Festive lights, warm fireplaces, Christmas trees, and seasonal decorations all help to make the holidays special. Unfortunately, these items can also lead to devastating fires, if the proper controls are not in place and followed.