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Water Restoration Case Study: The Leaky Dishwasher

Water Restoration Case Study: The Leaky Dishwasher

A leaky dishwasher is one of the more common situations we run into here at OHI Construction. First, let us set up the situation: You are out in the backyard playing with your kids and an hour or so has gone by. You come back inside to realize something’s gone wrong with your dishwasher and now your wood laminated kitchen floor is covered in water. The bottom of the cabinets are wet as is the floor undeath your stove and refrigerator. We call this situation a minor water restoration job and a leaky supply line break to your dishwasher is one of the more common culprits. Every restoration job we […]

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Spring Cleaning: Three Apps That Help With Home Maintenance

Spring Cleaning: Three Apps That Help With Home Maintenance

Spring cleaning is officially upon us! If that thought fills you with dread, we just may have a solution for you. After all, we all know that keeping up with maintenance around your house can be really difficult, especially in addition to family and work life. But now, with the convenience and innovation of smartphone apps, remembering when to take care of certain home maintenance tasks just got a lot easier. Here are three apps that will make spring cleaning both easy and fun! Home Maintenance (iOS) Have you ever wished you had a personal assistant to help keep up with your home maintenance chores? Now you have it: Home […]

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Home Remodeling Projects That Deliver The Best Return On Investment

Home Remodeling Projects That Deliver The Best Return On Investment

Which home remodeling projects are the most valuable for a homeowner looking to sell? It is one of the most common questions we get from our clients here at OHI Construction. It is also one of the most important issues to tackle for homeowners who want to maximize their return on investment in such an unstable market. So when you look to dress up your home for the dance, here are some places to start: For the best return on investment, start with your kitchen This one is no secret. Everyone knows that when a potential buyer enters a house, they’ll head straight for the kitchen. Sure, they might take […]

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Daylight Saving: 4 Home Safety Reminders

Daylight Saving: 4 Home Safety Reminders

Whether or not you made it to work on time Monday morning, Daylight Saving started last weekend and will last until November. Despite the hour of sleep lost, Daylight Saving is a positive reminder of the sunny Spring and Summer seasons ahead. google down However, it’s also a good time to start catching up with possible safety concerns around the house. Here are 4 safety reminders to keep in mind as the days get longer and warmer: 1. Replace Those Furnace Filters Daylight Saving Time is a great reminder to replace that furnace filter you’ve been been using all winter. It’s true: a clogged furnace filter is one of the […]

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Top Causes of House Fires

Top Causes of House Fires

The statistics for house fires can be staggering to look at on paper. As reported by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), in 2011 U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. However, the heaviest of all the realizations to have about house fires is that the top cause of house fires – cooking – is easily preventable. It’s so important that we made the infographic below about the top causes of house fires. So do what you need to do: share it with your friends on Facebook, print it out, put it on […]

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Home Restoration: Restore vs. Replace

Home Restoration: Restore vs. Replace

When disaster strikes — whether it’s fire, water, wind, or smoke — there are a long list of things to stay level-headed about when it comes to home restoration. The first thoughts are often related to the safety of your family, but the damage on your house will certainly come next. In many cases though, knowing how to get your home back in order again will come down to a single question: Should I restore or replace? Replacing isn’t always cost efficient or necessary Many times, fire or water disasters give homeowners an excuse to do some much-needed remodelling to their home. As much as we love working on large […]

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Furnace Safety in the Winter

Furnace Safety in the Winter

Here in the Northwest, temperatures tend to stay low straight into early spring. So yes, it’s time to turn up the heat! Heating your home is key to a healthy, happy home this time of year. But heating your home can also be incredibly dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken — especially in regard to furnace safety. People don’t usually associate house fires with the winter, but because are often cranking their furnaces during this time of the year, accidents can happen and fires can break out. So here are our tips on furnace safety to make sure your home is both warm and safe through the chilly […]

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Mold Damage: Does Your Insurance Cover You?

Mold Damage: Does Your Insurance Cover You?

No one likes mold. It’s ugly and it smells bad. Even worse, mold damage, if left unchecked, can cause rot in wood and other materials in your home, leading to very expensive repairs. Mold can also affect your family’s health: People who have asthma or allergies can have their conditions aggravated by the presence of molds. The big question most homeowners – and even commercial property owners – ask us is whether their insurance covers the cost of remediating mold damage. The answer: It’s complicated. Mold damage coverage depends on the cause – and on your insurance policy Let’s back up for a minute and talk about what causes mold […]

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Water Damage: Know Your Categories

Water Damage: Know Your Categories

As the winter season gets into full swing, questions about water damage in your home are likely to enter any responsible homeowner’s mind. But whether it’s an overflowing dishwasher, a leaky roof, or bursting pipes, the first questions we always get here at OHI are “How bad is the damage?” and “Will I be covered?” Knowing the classes of water damage is the first place to start for homeowners and insurance agents alike. Only once you know what kind of water damage you have will you able to determine what kind of coverage you have and how protected your home is. But before we get to categories of water damage, […]

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