What Is It Like to Work With a Restoration Services Company?

Recently, the Clement Family of New Market, Iowa, experienced a house fire that caused extensive fire, smoke and water damage. Some of the items damaged where an antique dining room buffet and photo albums containing precious memories. Could their home and precious possessions be restored? Happily, the answer is yes. (See before and after photos […]


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. […]


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 […]


How to Protect Yourself Against Contractor Fraud

When a natural disaster, like a tornado or flood, causes damage to your home naturally you want to get it repaired quickly. But, if not careful, you could fall victim to an unscrupulous contractor looking to profit from your loss. Of course, most businesses offering help are legitimate. How can you protect yourself from those […]


Ready for an Emergency? Get a ‘Go Bag.’

In August 2011, the area experienced a series of vicious thunderstorms with high-velocity winds, heavy rain and hail that leveled crops, broke windows and caused severe damage to houses and other structures from Omaha’s Eppley Airfield to Maryville, MO. “In College Springs, the chain saws started buzzing at daybreak Friday, and they were still going […]


7 Things to Do During a Flood

All of us at ARS are watching Hamburg, Iowa, which is part of our service area, with concern. The swollen Missouri River threatens to inundate Hamburg due to a faltering levee nearby. The Associated Press says about half of Hamburg’s roughly 1,100 residents were ordered on Sunday 6/5 to leave their homes within 24 hours. The evacuation […]


Is Your Sump Pump Still Working?

April showers bring May flowers — and sometimes flooded basements. Yes, a stormy spring can mean standing water if the sump pump breaks. The kids can be culprits if they unplug the pump while playing. But, keeping track of it is still up to you: Find your sump pump in the lowest point of your […]