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  1. Hail Damage Standards – Part 3

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    In the continuation of the series on Hail Damage Standards, we will now focus on defining “Functional vs Cosmetic” hail damage to shingle roofing and other building components.  As discussed before, our goal in this blog series is to accurately and consistently determine hail damage to roofing and building components. (more…)

  2. How Long Before The Pipes Freeze?

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    The unusually severe 2014 winter in the eastern United States has reminded many people and businesses that when water in a pipe freezes, the ice will expand and burst the pipe or pipe fitting.  Large losses will result from flooding when the temperatures rise.  Insulation will help, but not prevent freezing.  Insulation simply slows down the rate of heat loss.  The time of exposure to subfreezing temperature is an important factor. (more…)

  3. Winter Safety Tips for Portable Electric Generators

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    During winter ice storms, power to residences is often lost and homeowners revert to using gasoline powered portable electric generators.  It is often thought by some homeowners that leaving a generator outside in the severe weather may damage it or affect its performance and therefore resort to bringing the unit inside the shelter, typically, the garage. This is particularly hazardous when the generator is run for an extended period of time as carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic exhaust gas can cause death. In addition, other hazards including electric shock, electrocution, fire and burns potentially can occur. (more…)

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