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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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10 Tips for Homeowners Rebuilding after a Storm

September 29, 2015 1:36 am

As important as it is to make home repairs as soon as possible following a natural disaster, it is also important to take some time to plan the project, consult with local officials and choose a contractor wisely, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Before you start:


• Contact the local permitting office. Follow all local and state requirements.

• Check with your local building official to make sure your work is safe and meets all local and state codes and requirements.

• Look for a contractor with an established physical address. Ask for references and contact them.

• Get bids from more than one person. Make sure they are in writing and specify exactly what will be done. Beware of a low-ball price, and never pay the full price in advance.

When building:

• Consider using building materials that are more resistant to flood, wind, corrosion and decay.

• If siding or roof sheathing needs replacement, consider installing hurricane/seismic connectors at the rafter-to-wall or truss-to-wall connections. Adding wall-to-foundation ties may also be necessary.

• Windows, doors and skylights should be checked for leaks. If they need replacement, consider impact-resistant units.

• Check your attic for adequate insulation. Straps should be added from rafters to wall top plates, and gable end-wall framing should be braced.

• Inspect soffits to determine if structural upgrades are necessary.

• If you live in a flood-prone area, elevate appliances such as air conditioners.

Source: FEMA.gov

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The Best Ways to Improve Your Sleep Environment

September 28, 2015 1:30 am

If sleep disturbances regularly prevent you from getting the proper amount of shut-eye, you’re not alone. In fact, 75 percent of adults experience sleep disruptions caused by allergy symptoms, trips to the restroom and temperature discomfort – and nearly a quarter say they rarely wake up feeling well-rested, according to a recent AllerEase® survey.

To improve your sleep environment, Dr. Neeta Ogden, a board-certified adult and pediatric allergy and asthma specialist, advises a three-pronged approach.

"My top recommendation for those suffering from respiratory congestion at night is to try a three-step plan: use zippered allergen barrier bed protectors, nasal saline spray, and remove allergens from your bedroom such as pets and carpets," says Dr. Ogden. "Simple changes can have a year-round impact on quality sleep and living."

Dr. Ogden also recommends addressing other common causes of sleep disruptions with the following tips.

• Wash bedding once per week, including comforters and duvet covers, to prevent household allergens from collecting in plush surfaces.

• Wash pillows monthly, or replace them every six months, if they are non-washable.

• Limit liquids and snacks close to bedtime to avoid overnight bathroom breaks.

• Identify optimal sleep temperature and adjust fan, heat or air-conditioning accordingly.

Source: AllerEase®

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