Blog 2018-06-13T17:07:27+00:00

What’s your severe weather IQ?

Around the Quad Cities, severe weather is a fact of life – especially during the spring and summer months. From heavy winds and tornadoes to strong rains and thunderstorms, these weather disasters can wreck havoc on your family and home. And this severe weather can leave a mess in their wake. While tragedies are often featured in the local news, [...]

7 Mold Facts You Need to Know

Mold can be a four-letter word to many homeowners. And if you find mold inside your home, it can be a pretty terrifying discovery. But knowledge is power. Check out these facts about mold – including what to do if you find mold in your home. How many did you already know? 1.   Mold is naturally occurring. Mold can occur nearly [...]

Supporting Traumatic Burn Survivors Is a Hole-In-One

In the aftermath of a devastating fire, traumatic burn injuries can lead to a long road of pain and healing for survivors. That’s where St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation comes in. The organization provides support activities for burn survivors in the region. “Following a traumatic burn injury, your life is completely turned upside down and inside out,” explains Andy [...]

Are your kids disaster ready?

Summer is right around the corner. And that means that for many families, kids are spending more time at home. And for older kids, this may mean more time spent by themselves. But would they be prepared if a disaster happened? There are plenty of potential problems that can happen at home – big and small. Here are a few [...]

ADD THESE 9 THINGS TO YOUR SPRING-CLEANING CHECKLIST

It’s time to open the windows and refresh your home for spring. For many of us, that means it’s time for deep cleaning inside and outside our home. But think beyond the basic spring-cleaning list this year. While you are scrubbing and vacuuming and wiping away the grime of winter, add these safety checks to your cleaning schedule. These are [...]

THE NO-NONSENSE GUIDE TO SUMP PUMP PROBLEMS

It’s officially spring in the Quad Cities – a season that brings rain along with thawing snow and ice. That means water – and lots of it. For many homeowners in the Quad Cities, now is the time to ensure your home is ready to face the challenges that water can bring. That may begin with your sump pump. Throughout the [...]

6 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT 1-800-BOARDUP

For nearly two years, 1-800-BOARDUP has been a much-needed service for victims of fires right in the Quad Cities area – helping to secure properties and support people after these disasters happen. But you may not know how 1-800-BOARDUP works or why it’s so important in the community. Here are six things you may not know. 1. 1-800-BOARDUP witnesses a [...]

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM COLD WEATHER DISASTERS IN THREE STEPS

With winter weather here to stay in the Quad Cities, the risk of home disasters doesn’t hibernate. There are a variety of increased risks that homeowners face in the snowiest and coldest months of the year. Help protect your home and family all winter with the following steps. 1. Keep water supply lines and pipes from freezing. When water freezes, it [...]

FAMILY FIRST: SECRETS TO SUCCESS AT WERNER RESTORATION

It’s no secret that Werner Restoration has grown a lot in 28 years. In 1988, Founder and President Ken Werner opened this business with one other employee and a desk in the family’s dining room. “I had no idea it would become this,” Ken explains. “I thought I’d have a few employees.” Teresa Werner, vice president and co-founder, agrees. “We [...]

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: WERNER’S ULTRASONIC CLEANING SYSTEM

When you survey your surroundings after a disaster, the ability to clean and restore items seems impossible. That’s because the damage left behind from water, smoke, fire and mold can be severe. But the cleaning team at Werner looks at this damage and sees something different – opportunity. With modern ultrasonic and electronic cleaning systems, there is a greater opportunity to [...]

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FIRE

Fire –we’re both fascinated and terrified by it. So we install smoke detectors in our homes and businesses, consider exit routes, and talk to our kids about fire safety. We learn to stop, drop and roll. But the truth? Most of us don’t know all that much about how fire actually works and behaves. And by knowing more, we can [...]

POP QUIZ: ARE YOU READY FOR A HOME EMERGENCY?

When a disaster – small or large – impacts your home and family, it will always feel like a red-alarm emergency.  And this can mean you feel panicked and out of control. Unfortunately, when you buy a home, it doesn’t come with an instruction manual for times like these. But home disasters can often be handled with a hefty dose of [...]