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Natural Disaster Preparedness for Mid-Missouri

Severe weather is almost impossible to avoid and cannot be controlled. While severe weather can be scary and harmful, you can take control before, during and after to minimize harm and stay safe. Missouri Storm Aware recommends that your emergency kit include: water, canned or dried food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first-aid kit, and … Continued


Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s that time of the year. You flipped your calendar to March, which means spring break and warmer weather are on their way. March also means the start of spring cleaning, and the benefits aren’t only cosmetic. Donating clothing and other items you don’t use can be a huge blessing to someone in need. Cleaning … Continued


How to Achieve an Odor-Free Home

Your house may have all the upgraded appliances and latest furniture, but the stench of cigarette smoke or the previous owner’s animals can still make your face wrinkle in disgust. And maybe you’ve already tried every air freshener in the world, but nothing seems to help those nasty odors in your home. A stinky home … Continued


Four Things to Do After A House Fire

What now? You just had a house fire, and you’re at a loss for what to do next. We know this is a devastating experience and can leave you feeling paralyzed. With just a few steps, you and your house will be headed toward recovery. 1. Act quickly. After calling first responders to deal with … Continued


Burst Pipes: Can I Clean it Up Myself?

 Burst Pipes: Can I Clean it Up Myself? Burst pipes might send you into panic mode, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our emergency line is always open and we’ll connect you to help for any and all water damage, including those burst pipes. You might not know how far the water has … Continued


8 Space Heater Do’s and Don’ts

We’re in the dead of winter and it feels like there’s no end in sight! Good thing there are space heaters to warm up your toes no matter where you are—at the office or cozied up on the couch. According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, 25,000 fires and over 300 deaths are attributed … Continued


More Snow, More Problems!!

While you’re enjoying the firm pack of the snow to build the perfect snowman or igloo, that snow could be drifting against your house, blocking vents and pipes. Residents with high-efficiency furnaces should make sure their fresh air intake and exhaust pipes are free of snow. All residents should check their dryer vent as well. … Continued


January Special: Discount Carpet Cleaning in Columbia, Mo.

Could your home use a good carpet cleaning? Most could. Few things attract dirt, stains and debris quite like your carpets, especially if you have children and/or pets.    With that said, carpets aren’t always the easiest thing to clean. That mud you tracked into the house the other day? Those particles are now stuck in the … Continued


Mold Profile: Aspergillus

  Mold Profile: Aspergillus  As one of the four most common types of household mold, Aspergillus may take many forms. For most people, this type of mold is relatively harmless – unlike the allergenic mold known as Alternaria. However, for those who already have a weakened immune system, lung disease or respiratory condition, Aspergillus can pose serious health risks. Read … Continued


What to Do When Your Basement Floods

A flooded basement hits like an oncoming train. Whether the problem stems from a broken pipe, failed sump pump or the result of a heavy downpour that found its way inside, a flooded basement needs to be dealt with immediately to prevent long-term damage. When dealing with basement floods, there are some things you can … Continued