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Radon: Act Today to Protect Your Family

Radon is a popular topic in the area. In fact, Iowa and Missouri have some of the highest radon-rate zones in the country. (See our related article here in Advanced Spotlight.) Advanced Restoration Services regularly receives calls from persons in the community who ask about radon testing. Since January is National Radon Action Month, we […]

Radon Tests High in the Region

While the EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon gas regardless of location, some areas have a higher potential for radon screening than others. Iowa (see map above) is one of those areas. Several counties in northwest Missouri and eastern Nebraska also have a high potential for radon gas. See the related article […]

5 Winter Travel Survival Tips

Midwest winters can be harsh, and storms can quickly drop inches of snow. If you get trapped in your car, a few items could save your life. You’ll need a kit: candles, clothing, a flashlight, dried fruit and water and batteries. Keep items in a plastic bin with a top. Stranded in a Storm? Provide heat. […]

Recipe: Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic

Adapted from a recipe found online at by Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan. Makes one serving. Ingredients 1 cup water 1 inch or so ginger root, roughly chopped 1 organic lemon wedge 1 tsp. honey, or to taste Directions Bring the water and ginger to a boil in a small pan. Reduce heat to a low […]

Plumbing Survival Tips

With extra guests in the home and big family meals, December is a busy month for most home plumbing systems. Last year, ABC’s “Good Morning America” interviewed an expert who provided these plumbing tips: For the kitchen: Don’t pour cooking oils and fat down the drain. Don’t put stringy or fibrous material such as potato […]

These Steps May Prevent a Fire

Did you know that half of all fires caused by heating equipment are reported during December, January and February? According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Analysis and Research Division, in just one year (2009), 58,900 fires involved heating equipment. Those fires resulted in 480 deaths, 1,520 injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property […]

Seven Tips for Rebuilding Soon after a Disaster

Have you been ravaged by flooding after a river exceeded its banks? Did a thunderstorm release flash floods where you live and work? Did levees surrounding your town give way? If so, you’ll want to begin repairing and rebuilding your property quickly. But to begin, you need to file a claim. Filing correctly, the Insurance […]

Recipe: Chili Rellenos Casserole

Submitted by Diana Bassett of Corning, Iowa So, quick and easy you’ll say olé. Ingredients 2 (7 oz.) cans of whole green chile peppers, drained 16 oz. shredded Mexican Blend cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1 (5 oz.) can evaporated milk 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour ½ C. milk 1 (8 oz.) can Hunts Zesty & […]

Do Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning?

Change your furnace filter every two months. That’s all most people think is necessary to maintain their home air conditioners and heaters. Though filters are important, cleaning the air ducts can enhance the efficiency of your HVAC system — and may improve the quality of the air you breathe. We want you to know what […]

The Great A.R.S. Shootout Nets an Extra $455 in Donations This Year Over Last

The second year of the Great ARS Shootout proved better than the first, as area golfers and corporate sponsors contributed $1,250 for local fire departments. The amount was $455, or 57 percent, more than the proceeds raised for firefighters at last year’s tournament. Twenty-five players and nine corporate sponsors had a share in this year’s […]