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The 5-Point Checklist For Preventing Indoor Water Damage

The 5-Point Checklist For Preventing Indoor Water Damage

Water Damage is a serious problem here in the Northwest. With all the wind and rain fall brings our homes really take a beating! It can be easy to forget how water can damage the inside of our homes as well. The appliances we use every day can cause serious problems, often costing thousands to repair. Here’s a simple list of ways to prevent costly damage. And if you do find yourself in need of repairs or restoration give us a call. We are water damage experts and here 24/7 to assist you! 1. Inspect pipes, hoses, and faucets. Each year, it’s vitally important to go out and check all […]

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9 Home Maintenance Chores to Get Ready for the Fall

9 Home Maintenance Chores to Get Ready for the Fall

Fall is already upon us, but it’s not too late to make sure you’re preparing your home and getting ready for more of that wet Northwest weather to settle in. Here at OHI we believe that being attentive to your home is the best way to be prepared for any situation that could arise. So follow this simple little checklist to make sure your ready for the next season of the year: 1. Check for peeling paint Perform a thorough inspection of the exterior walls of your home. Paint that is cracking or chipping can be a sign of a number of things, including moisture intrusion or an adhesion problem–all […]

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5 Steps For Deep Frying a Turkey Without Burning Your House Down

5 Steps For Deep Frying a Turkey Without Burning Your House Down

What’s more American than deep frying your turkey for Thanksgiving? While it’s not the healthiest option for cooking, it sure is a tasty one. However, it’s extremely important to keep safety first when deep frying something as big as a whole turkey — especially if it’s your first time trying it out. Fires from cooking are the most common cause of home fires and with all the craziness of Thanksgiving cooking, it’s a particularly important time of the year to make sure you are being safe while cooking. Here are five steps you can follow for deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving without burning your house down: 1. Never deep […]

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What is Code Upgrade Insurance and Do You Need It?

What is Code Upgrade Insurance and Do You Need It?

If you’ve ever gone through your home insurance documents before, you probably know the feeling of getting to a certain paragraph and having no idea what various terms means. Code Upgrade insurance is one of those that often has homeowners puzzled, but in actuality, it’s not anything terribly complex. Each year, housing codes are constantly being updated to make houses safer and more efficient. These housing codes touch every part of the house, whether that’s electrical, plumbing, or even how thick the insulation in your house needs to be. That’s why it can be really important to have code upgrade insurance. When disaster strikes at your home—whether that’s a fire, […]

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The Official OHI Construction Home Maintenance Fall Checklist!

The Official OHI Construction Home Maintenance Fall Checklist!

Each season of the year requires vastly different maintenance around your home. In the fall, it’s all about getting ready for that cold, rainy weather that’s just around the corner—especially here in Oregon! That’s why we’ve put together the official OHI Construction Home Maintenance Fall Checklist. Go through and make sure key areas like your furnace, roof, and yard are taken care of. If homeowners let any of these areas slip up in the fall, they could be in for trouble. Fires, flooding, water damage, and mold can all occur around your home! Share this infographic with your friends and family to spread home safety!

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Disaster Upgrade: Turning a Tragedy into a Blessing

Disaster Upgrade: Turning a Tragedy into a Blessing

Whether it’s a flood or a fire, accidents do happen. It’s always a tragedy when they happen and disasters can often strike at the most unexpected of times. Calling something a “disaster upgrade” might sound a little strange, but in reality, it’s a fantastic way to turn a tragic event into a big blessing for your family. What we call something a “disaster upgrade” when someone chooses to upgrade a part of their home that gets ruined by an accident or natural disaster. Whether it’s surfaces, floors, or even something like plumbing, there is no smarter time to consider a remodel than when your house is already under construction. Disaster Upgrade: […]

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The Four New Years Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

The Four New Years Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

Many New Years resolutions end up losing their meaning over the years. But as a homeowner, you owe it to yourself to make some serious resolutions this year that will keep your property and family safe throughout the year. It’s okay to not live up to your goals all yeah, but if you never try, you won’t make it! 1. Heating: Dust and Filters The first thing to take care of, especially in the winter and spring season, is get into a regular routine of changing the air filters for your heater. Not only will this make your heater more efficient, it might even prevent a house fire. Another thing […]

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3 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

3 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are one big, expensive, mess for any homeowner. The cold weather has already hit us, but it’s not too late to take some preventative steps toward keeping your pipes thawed throughout the winter. Here are 3 ways to prevent frozen pipes this winter in your home: 1. Regulate Heating It might make for a higher heating bill, but making sure you keep the house relatively warm while you’re away will save you a big hassle in the long run. We advise our clients to never let the temperature of their house get under 55 degrees during the winter, even while the house is empty. google down We also […]

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How To Keep Your Family Safe From Lead Poisoning

How To Keep Your Family Safe From Lead Poisoning

Since 1978, lead-based paint has been banned from usage in homes due to the very serious threat of lead poisoning. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, “Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood.” Fortunately, water-based lead-free alternatives are now commonplace. However, because so many houses were built before 1978 that are still lived in today, we haven’t yet completely overcome the safety concerns related to lead-based paint. What You Can Do […]

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How To Properly Water Your Lawn Without Damaging Your Home

How To Properly Water Your Lawn Without Damaging Your Home

When you read that title, we know what you were thinking: “How incompetent do you have to be to mess up watering your lawn?” But sure enough, every year, homeowners file insurance claims involving neglected sprinklers and moldy basements. Sprinkler heads can be fussy contraptions and if you are away from your house all day, unpredictable things can happen to even the most responsible homeowner. If you are away on vacation, the chances that an overactive sprinkler system could destroy your property or basement without you noticing are even higher. Moldy basements and leaking roofs If the watering of your lawn isn’t taken care of properly, the most common problems […]

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