Asbestos Fact or Fiction

Asbestos is a term we all know, often synonymous with some toxic, mystery material. But how much do we really know about what asbestos is, and how to deal with it in our home?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. For many years, asbestos was ground down for use in thousands of commercial products, making it possible for small particles of the mineral to be inhaled. This lets particles settle in the lungs, causing serious health risks. Read on to see if you can tell the difference between asbestos fact and fiction, and learn how to protect yourself and your

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Wally Spring Training: Prep Your Home For Spring

Whether you’re battling snow and frigid temperatures in Boston or watching the cherry Blossoms bloom early in Seattle, spring is just around the corner for us all. With the change of each season comes new weather, new outdoor activities, and (unfortunately) new household hazards. Thankfully, a little prevention goes a long way. Check out our top five tips to prepare your home for the season and prevent potential spring-time hazards.

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Announcement: Wally Works With Nest (V1 Only)

At Wally, our vision of the connected home is one where your devices work together for a more intelligent, efficient, and comfortable home. That’s why we’re excited to announce our latest partnership with our friends at Nest.

The Wally dashboard now offers a dedicated Nest scheduler that puts your WallyHome system and Nest Thermostat to work, optimizing the ideal temperature in multiple rooms for whole-home comfort.

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Feature Spotlight: Sensor Strength Indicator

At Wally, we’re constantly working towards a flawless customer experience, which is why we’ve introduced the Sensor Strength indicator. This new tool is perfect for setting up new sensors, or adjusting existing ones. If you’ve received alerts about sensors going offline, now is a great time to give their signal strength a tune up! The signal strength indicator provides real-time feedback, making adjustments easier than ever. Read on and follow these 3 steps for perfectly placed sensors.

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Feature Spotlight: Customized Charts

What it is:

The mold index showcases the likelihood that mold can grow in a certain area, based on the combination of temperature and humidity.

Why it’s important:

Once mold grows, it can be extremely difficult to remove, so prevention is key! This chart will allow you to see trends in mold potential in different areas of your home. While checking in can offer peace of mind, rest easy knowing the Wally Mold Forecaster will alert you if your readings get into the high potential zone.

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5 Smart Gadgets that Work Together When You’re Away

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a quick weekend get-away to shake up the monotony of the 9-5. However this leads to a common worry: what to do when leaving behind an empty house. If you’re only gone for a few days, asking someone to come check on your house may seem excessive, while leaving it unattended can still make you nervous. Though longer trips may require more extensive prep, these smart home appliances can take care of things for a few days. Working together in the Works With Nest group, they can tell when you’re

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New Years Resolutions for Your Home in 2015

Kickstart your 2015 with these five New Year’s resolutions to improve the health of your home.

The start of a new year always comes abound with promises and resolutions. And as you may know from firsthand experience, only about 8% of people who make annual promises actually achieve their January 1st goals and objectives. However, if you’re a homeowner, there may be some simple, yet invaluable DIY home improvement resolutions that you may have been neglecting.

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Bathtub Blues? How to fix a leaking bathtub

Sometimes, catching a water leak can turn into a classic case of “whodunnit”. While it may not be the usual suspect, the bathtub overflow drain can be the cause of many bathroom leaks. If you think this might be the case, check for a water stain in the ceiling below a bathroom- a tell tale sign of a leaking tub above. While it may seem like ripping a hole the ceiling is the only way to make a fix, it’s often possible to resolve the problem from above.

Use the following steps to figure out the exact source of

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Attention Snowbirds: Protect your home while away during the winter

If you’re heading south to avoid the chilly conditions or are looking forward to a more tropical celebration this winter, a little preparation can go a long way. While you’re getting your dose of vitamin D, soaking up some rays in Kona, your home is susceptible to water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions, and other possible threats to your property. Before you take off and leave your home to brave the winter unattended, follow these steps to ensure your home is safe and sound while you are away.

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Toilet Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday from Wally

The toilet is an essential part of your home, but it likely won’t be the centerpiece of your holiday celebrations… unless it’s attracting the wrong kind of attention. A leaking or overflowing toilet can put a serious damper on the season’s festivities- and having extra guests in your home can put you at a higher risk. Check out these tips to set your bathroom up for success and flush your water worries away!

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Refrigerator Maintenance and Leak Solutions

The kitchen is the epicenter of the home. Life buzzes in this room, so it’s important to make sure its appliances are in tip-top shape. And one thing is for sure… an unhappy refrigerator makes for an unhappy family!

If you spot water around your fridge, it can be tricky to diagnose.Hopefully it’s just a loose seal around the fridge, creating condensation that pools outside, but it could be something a little more mechanical. Here are a few suggestions for diagnosing the problem and preventing future leaks!

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Get Your Home Ready for Back to School Season

As your leisurely summer schedule comes to a close, fewer eyes will be on your home, making it easy for preventable hazards to fall through the cracks. In the time it takes to drive the kids to school or to run a few errands, even a small water leak can cause thousands in damage.

As Wally monitors moisture, temperature, and humidity level in your home while you get back to your daily routine, have peace of mind knowing expensive water damage and mold remediation won’t ruin the start of the season.

Be proactive! Follow these five easy tips to keep

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Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Avoid expensive Air conditioner repair. Check out these tips.

We all love the summer heat… as long as we have our air conditioning. Depending on the climate, there may be instances when a bit of condensation is normal, so determining if you have a problem on your hands can be difficult. But Wally is here to help! Take a chill pill and read on for our suggestions for determining if your air conditioner is hard at work or hardly working

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Ice to Meet You: Is Your Ice Maker Leaking?

Perfect for storing popsicles and ensuring your sunny day drinks for the season stay ice cold, your freezer may just be summer’s best friend. But your freezer’s ice maker (or a stand-alone ice maker) can put you at risk for hazardous leaks – and repairs mean spending some cold hard cash. There’s no excuse to give water damage the cold shoulder — these simple ice maker maintenance tips makes summer water damage prevention no sweat!

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The Wally Top 5

Get Your Home Ready for Swimsuit Season!

It’s summertime, and you know what that means: being away from home more than usual. Whether it’s being at being out all day running errands, or taking a last minute excursion with your family, you simply cannot be home 24/7. Summertime also means it’s time for the routine maintenance your home needs after braving the winter season. As you’re soaking in the pool this summer, make sure your home isn’t joining in and getting soaked too.

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Homeowner’s Insurance Spotlight: Mold

Now that you’re the neighbor mold maven, let’s add to your arsenal of knowledge. If you have mold in your home due to water damage, will your homeowner’s insurance cover it? This depends on your specific policy, but here are some important items to consider.

First of all, if water has damaged your home before it comes into contact with the ground, then it is considered water damage that would be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. However, standard policies usually do not cover mold due to ‘maintenance’ problems, such as repeated seepage, humidity or drainage issues. Although most sudden or

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Sink Maintenance and Leak Solutions

We might not think that a dripping faucet wastes that much water; they’re just little drops, right? Well, let’s get the worst news over with first. If one faucet in your home leaks at a rate of just 3 drips per minute, you’re looking at an entire liter of water wasted (and paid for!) in one day. To make matters worse, that translates to 104 gallons of water wasted per year. It is estimated that each of those gallons is made up of 15, 140 drips. Want to know more?

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Happy Earth Day: Save Water With Wally

If you remember our earlier post, Wally Saves the World…and Your Wallet, we talked about why you should protect your home, and, in turn, the environment, from water loss. So, let’s remember that today is Earth Day and dive into the facts about water leak detection. The average water loss claim is $7,000. That’s not a surprise considering that more than 10,000 gallons of water are lost from the average household’s leaks each year!

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