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Humidifier Maintenance: Whether you have a power humidifier or just a simple pan-type model, you will have to clean your humidifier on a regular basis to ensure proper operation. As water evaporates, it leaves behind mineral deposits that clog the mechanisms in the humidifier, eventually causing it to stop working. You will be able to tell when cleaning is appropriate as the mineral deposits will be noticeable to the eye and to the touch. The sponge drum in a power humidifier will be crusty and stiff instead of soft and pliable. Check at least twice a year and more often in the winter when your humidifier is likely to be working harder.

Hiring a Snow Removal Contractor: Following are some questions to ask when choosing a snow removal contractor:

1. Does the company have insurance (general liability insurance specifically covering snow removal operations)? 2. Is the organization registered with the Better Business Bureau? 3. Are the employees of the company covered by workplace health and safety insurance? 4. How long has the firm been operating? 5. Does the company have solid references in your area? 6. What type of equipment will be used? 7. How will the company communicate with you?

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Dominion Lending Centres Inc. January 2010 Newsletter