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Spring is a few short weeks away, which typically means melting snow and plenty of April showers that can cause water damage in homes and offices. When it comes to indoor water issues, however, plumbing failures are often a common culprit. Old or faulty pipes and fixtures and leaky hot water heaters and appliances can cause plumbing problems in new and old buildings alike.

To prevent a minor plumbing failure from becoming a catastrophic flood in your house or office building, an automatic water main shutoff system is a worthwhile investment. Now there are smart systems that help prevent expensive property loss and may save you money on your insurance premium.

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Lack of heat and electricity and treacherous, often impassable roads, make winter power outages especially tough to weather. With our handy “Survival Guide,” you can protect yourself and your family by preparing for a power outage before a major storm hits.

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For winter sports enthusiasts, opening the door to a warm vacation home after a long Friday night drive is the ultimate welcome. If transforming your winter cabin or condo from cold to cozy before you arrive sounds like a dream, upgrading to a remote control thermostat will make that dream come true.

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Seniors are at an increased risk for accidents, injuries and other emergencies when temperatures drop, so it’s important to make sure they are well prepared for the long, cold winter. This handy checklist is ideal for families, friends or neighbors looking to help their favorite seniors stay safe, comfortable and healthy, even when winter does its worst.

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When it comes to gift giving, we all know it’s the thought that counts. For many of us, it’s also important to stick to our holiday shopping budget. With that in mind, here’s a roundup of affordable gift ideas that are sure to please even the most hard-to-shop-for family and friends on your list. While these items may not to break the bank (some are under $20!), each one is unique, incredibly useful, and guaranteed to show how much you care.

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Our Staff Picks for Holiday Gifts
To help you get a head start on your shopping, here are 12 things we would most like to give – or receive – this year!

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Who Needs a Freeze Alarm?

A freeze alarm is a device that monitors the temperature inside your home and provides a warning if it dips dangerously low. For anyone who owns a house in a part of the country where winter brings bone-chilling cold, a freeze alarm is a must. And the perfect time to install one is now – before the temperature drops.

There are many types of freeze alarms to choose from, with prices starting as low as under $50 for basic temperature monitoring. To help you decide which freeze alarm is best for your home, here are seven key criteria to consider:

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When it comes to safeguarding your vacant vacation home against winter’s damaging weather and threats from unwanted intruders, there’s a wide variety of easy-to-use home monitoring and protection equipment on the market.

To help you narrow down the choices, we’ve zeroed in on four of the most common concerns expressed by our customers – from freezing pipes to vandalism – and suggested simple and affordable tech devices that will help protect your cottage or cabin all winter long.

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Routine upkeep and maintenance of your backyard swimming pool is essential to its longevity and security. With fall fast approaching, now is the time to take the necessary steps to winterize your in-ground or above-ground pool.

Using a pool cover is a key part of this process for several reasons. Covering your pool will keep your pool water clean and clear during the winter months by protecting it from debris and damage as well as preventing algae formation when the pool is not in use. Winter pool covers also allow you to keep your water level mostly filled during the off-season. This helps prevent damage to plumbing in an in-ground pool or structural damage to an above ground pool.

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A driveway alarm is an effective and affordable way to keep your home and family safe. If you’re a homeowner who wants to protect your property or keep tabs on the young drivers in your life, a driveway alarm (or “driveway alert”) will alert you the moment a vehicle passes the sensor. For independent seniors who may be on a budget, a driveway alarm is a cost-effective first line of defense against intruders.
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