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How to keep your Pipes from Freezing

While we often think that we can escape the hardships cold winter weather by being indoors, the cold can still cause problems inside. When temperatures plummet below freezing, normal plumbing can turn into a winter woe. A frozen pipe can lead to pipes bursting and can result in more than $5,000 in water damage according…

According the American Gas Association, over 177 million Americans use natural gas in their homes. It is used for a lot of products in the home from furnaces to clothes dryers. Chances are you have at least one appliance that runs on natural gas. We have all heard the dangers of a gas leak, but…

heater

As the snow continues to fall and the cold temperatures set in, you may find your home needing a little extra heat. A lot of people turn to space heaters to make their home just a little more cozy in the cold winter months. While this may seem like a simple solution to a problem,…

frozen pipes

In order to prepare your home for winter there is a lot to do. To avoid pipes bursting and flooding your home, Restoration Authority advises you to winterize your pipes. Winterizing plumbing pipes is a process that prepares household plumbing for freezing temperatures that can cause leaks and breaks in the home. When water freezes,…

fire truck

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur most often in the winter. In fact, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries in the United States each year. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that winter home fires claim 905 lives per year and cause over $2…

hail damage

Oh hail no! It’s that time of year again when we are treated to not only winter’s cold, but also hail. Every year hail damage accounts for billions of dollars in insurance claims; Over the past five years, nationwide home and vehicle claims linked to hail and wind storms accounted for nearly 40% of all…

turkey fryer

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (“NFPA”) research. Turkey fryers contribute to this statistic, hence the reason we and the NFPA urge people to avoid the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that use hot oil. Turkey fryers require a…

Winterizing Checklist Feature Photo

While we often think about how our homes protect us from the Illinois winters, we very rarely think about how we need to protect our homes.  At Restoration Authority, we want our client’s homes to stand the test of times. We suggest taking the following steps to make sure your home is as ready for…

Avoid Halloween Scares Feature Photo

In the 2005 study “The Seasonal Nature of Fires,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency saw a spike in fires on Halloween. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the spookiest night of the year a safe night for your family to enjoy. To help avoid a fire at your haunted house this year, you may…

Don't Let the Halloween Ruin your Pipes Feature Photo

One thing you do not think about when carving a cute or terrifying Jack-o-lantern is the havoc is can wreak on your drainpipes and garbage disposals. Pumpkin guts are the poster child for pipe clogging. When thinking about the perfect place to carve a pumpkin without leaving mess, the kitchen sink always comes to mind….

Flash Over FiresFeature Photo

Today, flashover – also known as rapid fire progress (RFP) – is one of the leading causes of firefighter deaths in the United States1. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA Journal, the second leading cause of fatal injury to firefighters in 2013 was being caught or trapped by rapid fire progress, including flashover,…

Fireplace Feature Photo

Nothing quite creates winter ambiance in the fireplace with everyone gathered around. Of course, playing with fire is dangerous for children, so please remember these tips before you light your hearth. According to the latest statistics available, there are over 25,000 fireplace fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million…