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Tips To keep your clothes Dryer from Becoming a Fire Hazard

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Have you noticed a difference in the performance in your dryer? Are your clothes taking longer to dry or come out hot but still damp when the timer goes off that they are done? You may have a clogged dryer vent and that may lead to shutting down your dryer, or worse a fire..

A friend of mine noticed that her clothes were taking longer to dry over the past month and when doing laundry, the other day, the dryer just shut down. The dryer is only 2 years old, and this could have been prevented. She contacted an appliance repair company who came out and told her the motor shut down. The cause, blocked dryer vent that goes up through the attic to the outside top of the roof.

This happened because when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct, it causes excessive heat to build up and in this instance the dryer motor shut down. What could have been worse, if the motor had not shut down it may have resulted in a fire.

Instead of replacing the dryer, or having the motor replaced, the cost of repair exceeded the price of having a dryer vent maintenance check. Having a maintenance check at least once a year will give you peace of mind for the safety of your home and family, maintaining the care of your dryer and less out of pocket expense.

If you have a laundry room that has the dryer vent going up through the attic and out through the roof, or you notice the same problems as the warning signs below check your dryer vent and consider a maintenance check. The repair company informed her to have it cleaned out every six months (depending on how often you use your dryer), to at least once a year.

Here are some warning signs you should look out for.

Clothes taking longer to dry

Dryer is very hot on top

Very little or no lint in the lint trap

Dryer stopping anytime during a drying cycle

Lint left on clothing

Moldy odor from clothes

Higher Light Bill from running the dryer more

Here is a list of things you can do to help cut down on the lint build up.
(This does not assure build up will not occur and a 6 Months to a Yearly maintenance check is still advisable).

Check your lint screen before and after each load of clothes to dry and clean thoroughly.

Keep dryer area free of clutter and piles of clothes on top of dryer.

Clean behind and underneath the dryer for lint building up.

Replace flexible tubes with ridged metal ducts to get less build up, clean up easier and will stand up to a lint fire much better

 

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4th of July – Treats – Barbecue and Dessert Recipes

245 years ago America declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Picnics. Party’s and heading to the beach will be on the agenda for some and gathering with friend and yummy food.

4th of July Barbecue, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts and decorations adorned in red white and blue to celebrate is a great part of the fun day.

Check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board. We have delicious recipes for Bar B Que, Desserts, Side Dishes, Decoration’s and more fun.

Have a great 4th of July and remember to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or let someone you know!

Happy 4th of July!

 

 

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What You Need to Know About Boat Insurance Coverage

If you choose to own and operate a speedboat, sailboat, yacht or personal watercraft without insurance you may run into some marinas and yacht clubs who won’t let you dock your craft unless you have insurance coverage. If you keep your boat on your own property, a homeowner’s insurance policy may have some coverage for your watercraft, but it can be very minimal.

Often, during winter or stormy weather, owners may have to leave boats docked in the water.  Standard policies for boats can cover damage to the craft, including damage caused by fire, lightning, theft, vandalism, collisions, and windstorms, the cost of repair and medical needs,

Some policies also provide coverage for injuries caused by uninsured boaters or by boaters who don’t have enough insurance. If this sounds like uninsured motorist coverage in an auto insurance policy, it basically serves the same purpose.

It is very crucial to understand what the policies offer in order to choose the best and most appropriate coverage. Owners need to be sure and get all terms and requirements upfront before applying.

Have questions? Contact us today and get a quote! 1-863-453-3903

 

 

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Hummingbirds – How to Attract Them to your Yard

ID-1004379Summer weather is on here in Florida and the hummingbirds are out and looking for food. Most of the time here you see the black birds, blue jays and on occasion a cardinal, but the hummingbirds are once in while if encouraged to visit flowers or a feeder.

Did You Know?
While they are tiny, they have more feathers per inch than any other bird with the exception of the penguin
Flying is more than just straight ahead for them, they can fly forward, backward, hover and even fly upside down.
Speedy little guys, they can fly up to 30 miles an hour.
Hummingbirds have amazing hearing and vision 4.2% of its body weight is a remarkable brain. They can recall every flower they have visited and know when a flower is ready to generate nectar. Their tongues are forked and have thin extensions to retrieve the nectar from flowers, not straw like as many people think

They like to eat nectar from flowers, but a Hummingbird feeder can give you a chance to see these awesome birds, fly in and out of your yard too.

Check out 8 Tips for Feeding Hummingbirds

 

 

 

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How To Do It Yourself (DIY) Produce Storage Bins

Need to make more storage in your kitchen? Mother Earth News has a great DIY idea for inexpensive and stackable produce storage bins.

They show you how to build storage bins from crates short and tall and even add casters to the bases so you can move them anywhere you like.

Click Here to Learn How To Make These Storage Bins 

 

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