When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes

There is no way to predict when or where an earthquake will strike. It can happen any time of year, any time of day and in any kind of weather. For those of us who live in earthquake prone areas of the country, it is a surreal and scary experience when it does happen. Continue reading

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Own an Older Home? Retrofit Against Earthquake

One important consideration for homeowners is whether your home is structurally sound enough to withstand the forces of an earthquake. Depending on the age of your home, number of stories, and ground soil conditions, a house can experience catastrophic damage, fire or collapse during an earthquake if measures have not been taken to fortify the home. One way to seismically retrofit is to bolt the house to its foundation and brace the cripple walls around the crawl space with plywood. Continue reading

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Earthquake Preparedness 101

First in a series of articles about earthquake preparedness. We all know we should prepare our household for natural disasters such as an earthquake, but yet it is so easy for many of us to procrastinate and think the fury of Mother … Continue reading

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Smell Gas? How To Protect Your Family & Home From Gas Leaks

We hear in the news all too often about a gas explosion in a home or business causing devastating loss to property and even loss of life. An estimated 177 million Americans rely on natural gas in their homes,1 and … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Combustion: What a Homeowner Should Know

If your plans for 2017 include home maintenance or renovation projects, don’t let your dreams go up in smoke before the work is finished. Spontaneous combustion happens quickly and causes an estimated 14,000 fires each year, according to the National … Continue reading

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The Cost to Rebuild

Many people wonder why the cost to rebuild, also known as the replacement cost, is rising when the market value of many homes has been declining in recent years. The market value is simply the price someone is willing to pay for a home and that can be influenced by many factors.

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