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03/02/2015
Seattle is known for its cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.  Seattle’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the Puget Sound generally help to protect the area from extreme weather like hurricanes and sub zero temperatures.  When Seattle does experience extreme weather, it usually takes the form of high winds, heavy rains, and occasional cold snaps with heavy snow.  These infrequent, but not unusual weather phenomena can cause damage to buildings such as flooding and tree...
01/21/2015
When you purchase two pounds of ground beef in Boston, it weighs the same as two pounds of ground beef purchased in Seattle. A 2x4 has the same measurements no matter where it is sold. The standardization of measurements seems simple, straightforward, and obvious. The standardization that we take for granted has not always been the case. We have common standards on how to measure money, time, and dimensions because of thousands of years of accumulated laws and agreements. Everyone has at some t...
12/08/2014
Modern homeowners are increasingly aware of the dangers of mold infestations. Most molds and fungi are benign. There are thousands of mold spores in the air that people encounter every day with no negative effects.  But if a building becomes infested with mold, it can cause damage to furnishings and surfaces and eventually weaken the building’s structure if it gets into key supports. When mold grows unchecked in indoor living spaces, it can cause health and respiratory problems for s...
11/17/2014
The Seattle area faces several types of disasters from the possibility of earthquakes to volcanic eruption.  We also face more mundane freezing events, floods, and snowstorms like those of 1996, 2008, 2012. In the event of an emergency, each family should prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days.  Self-sufficient means living in the home without electricity, or outside food and supplies. Water In the event of a power outage, water from faucets might not be safe to drink. ...
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