April 2021 Newsletter

April 15, 2021

Agent Anniversary – Kathy Scott

Our office wants to give a big THANK YOU to Kathy Scott for being such a great part of our team. April 25th will mark Kathy’s fifth year at Insurance of the Heartland.

Kathy Scott

Rain or Shine: How to Stop Leaks

You’ve heard it before: April showers bring May flowers. Everyone loves flowers, but until May, you’re stuck in the rain.

And if you’ve got a leak in your home, that rain could spell big trouble sooner rather than later. Even a little bit of water creeping into a window, roof, or wall can damage wood, corrode metal and lead to harmful mold.

The key to making sure your home is secure is to find the leak early and stop it before it becomes a problem.

Use these steps to make sure your home is high and dry:

  • Check regularly — Don’t wait for damage. Check windows for moisture, roofs for missing tiles, or walls for cracks or gaps in your siding.
  • Know the signs — Stay alert for signs of water. Dark spots on the ceiling, dampness in your basement or closets, foggy windows, and more are signs of trouble.
  • Caulk it — Most leak repairs are relatively simple. Using waterproof caulk or other sealants can stop the leak before it becomes a problem.
  • Call in the pros — If your leak is bad or in a dangerous spot (like a roof), play it safe and call a pro. It costs less to repair a wall now than it will later.

Stopping a leak early can help prevent major damage later on. Now, you know how to keep your home safe from all that drip-drip outside. Is it May yet?

The Safe Way to Ride your Motorcycle

Better weather means getting back out on the open road. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or have one in your life, you know it’s time to start riding again.

But even the most experienced biker knows that one wrong turn could mean big problems. Everything is more on a motorcycle – more fun and more dangerous.

Luckily, a few easy to remember tips can help keep you or your loved one much safer while enjoying the wind in your face and the scenery rolling by.

Check out these easy tips and ride with confidence:

  • Be hard headed — No matter where you live, you need a helmet. They reduce the risk of head injury by a whopping 69%. It’s a no-brainer.
  • Newbies beware — Over 50% of all motorcycle accidents involve new riders (less than six months experience). There’s no shame in slowing down and learning.
  • Plan your ride — Sudden storms can mean big trouble. So can unknown roads with curves or loose gravel. Plan ahead so that you know what you’re riding into.
  • You MUST be sober to ride — No one should drink and drive, and that goes for bikes too. Almost half of all motorcycle deaths include alcohol.

Being safe doesn’t mean being uncool. Whether you look like a ninja on your Ninja or a Terminator on your Harley, being careful can mean you enjoy your bike for a long time to come.