Advice for Homeowners

Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Hope you didn’t get too acclimated to the summer-like temps last week, because Fall finally arrived! These mild temperatures mean now is a great time to get your home ready for Winter. Compass Realtors is proud to help our clients find their dream homes. We also want to help you keep your home safe and secure. Here’s how to make sure your home is in tip-top shape to withstand the plummeting temps.

Repair/Caulk Windows & Doors

Keep your energy bills low by repairing or re-caulking drafty windows and doors. This is the most common source of lost heat in your home.

Reverse Ceiling Fans

This simple tip is one of the most overlooked parts of winterizing your home. Reverse your ceiling fans to keep air moving upwards, and you’ll notice a difference in the warmth of your home.

Service HVAC
Get your HVAC inspected and serviced now before the cold sets in. Not only will you find any problems ahead of time, but it’ll save you money on repairs in the long run.

Clean Out Gutters
Clean the leaves and debris out of your gutters before the ice and snow makes this task way more difficult.

Safety Checkup
While not specific to fall or winter, it’s a good idea to do a safety check each time the season changes. Check your smoke detectors, alarm systems, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors now to...

What the New Bridge Tolls Mean for Kentuckiana Residents

Though it was only completed just a few months ago, the newly-constructed Abraham Lincoln Bridge already feels like it's part of our little Kentuckiana family. With repairs on the Kennedy Bridge nearing completion and the East End Bridge construction set to wrap up later this year, we all know the long-dreaded bridge tolls are coming. But forget everything you think you know about bridge tolls; the Ohio River Bridges Project is bringing bridge tolls into the 21st century in an effort to make it as painless as possible.

The ORBP tolls will be administered through RiverLink, a new tolling system established specifically for the new Ohio River bridges. Tolls are scheduled to go into effect in late 2016 with the completion of the East End Crossing. If you're a frequent over-the-river commuter, life will stay pretty much the same; as of this moment, it doesn't appear there will be long lines or heavy congestion when the tolls go into effect, owing to the new technologies used by RiverLink. Here's what you need to know:

1. You will have three payment options. The easiest and most affordable option is to obtain a RiverLink transponder to place in your car. Your household's first transponder is free, but additional transponders are available for $15. You will prepay into a RiverLink account, and each time you cross the bridge, the appropriate amount will be electronically deducted from your account using sensors that read your transponder information as you cross. With this option, each crossing will cost $2 for typical passenger vehicles.

You may also choose to forego the transponder,...

Frigid Temperatures Burst Water Pipes

I just received a Newletter from ServiceMaster Restoration by Kast Construction with this great information.  

Frigid Temperatures Burst Water Pipes

The winter months bring colder weather, and with it an increased chance of a common and costly problem for your clients—bursting water pipes. Keep in mind pipes of any material can burst, including PVC, plastic, iron and lead.

To prevent pipe damage during severe cold, instruct your clients to insulate their pipes. Or, if their pipes are uninsulated, let water flow through (even if only a drip or trickle). Doing so will ensure the water won’t have the opportunity to freeze and pipes should survive until temperatures warm above freezing. 

If their pipes do burst, we can help your clients with:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Drying, dehumidification and water extraction
  • Document drying and recovery
  • Mold remediation
  • Carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning

Our technicians know the effects of water damage on a wide variety of structural surfaces and are experts at both damage mitigation and reducing over-all claim severity. So if you do get a call about a burst pipe, let us get your policy holder’s life back to normal quickly and help you keep costs down and renewals up.

Call 812-944-5094 to reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.