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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
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Lawn Care Tip: How to Stave Off Pests

May 28, 2015 12:57 am

(Family Features) Many homeowners overlook an important aspect of lawn care that can affect the health of their yards. Your lawn is the perfect environment in which threatening weeds, diseases and pests can lurk, often with harmful consequences. In some cases, the primary damage may come in the form of these insects eating away at grass or the leaves of shrubs. Alternatively, insects may destroy grasses and plants at their roots.

Considering how quickly pest populations can multiply, being proactive in preventing and treating their presence is crucial. A regularly scheduled treatment plan is one of the best strategies to reduce your exposure to dangerous pests, and help defend your home and family from unwanted lawn visitors.

In addition to a regular treatment program, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend these pest reduction tips:

• Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.

• Place a barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas.

• Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.

• Stack wood neatly and in a dry area away from the house or lawn.

• Keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from wooded areas and in a sunny location, if possible.

• Remove any trash or debris from the yard that may give pests a place to hide.


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4 Types of Chimney Sweep Scams

May 28, 2015 12:57 am

Contrary to popular belief, the off-season is a great time to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. As with any home maintenance project, it is important to watch for red flags that could indicate a scam before hiring a professional. Here are the four most common chimney sweep scams, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

1. Pricing Tricks: Rates for chimney cleaning can certainly vary from region to region and job to job. But as a rule, a basic Level 1 chimney inspection and sweeping should cost no more than $300. Anyone offering an “unbelievably-low-price special” may be trying to make a quick buck rather than provide the full range of services needed to ensure your chimney is safe.

2. “Emergency” Repairs: Scammers will often attempt to prey on your lack of expertise and stoke your fear with claims that specific, extensive repairs must be made immediately to keep your family safe. Collect at least three estimates (with documentation) before you make a decision about big-ticket repairs.

3. Falsified Experience:
For the boldest scam artists, it’s not enough to mislead about the nature of the work they’ll perform. Some will lie about their industry experience and affiliations, too. Secure references, contact your local Better Business Bureau or state consumer protection office for background information, and do research to find out how long a company has been in the community.

4. Faked Credentials: A CSIA designation means that the individual has earned the industry's most respected credential by passing rigorous exams on fire codes, clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. Each CSIA-certified professional carries a photo ID marked with his or her credentials, so always ask to see it.

Source: CSIA

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