The Alana Sample Library
Homeowners are 'onsite' - and with the right resources, they will take active steps to maintain their homes. Alana provides a library of articles, tips, advice, and tasks that help create understanding that leads to action. Below are just a few of the articles our insurers use to help their customers stay safe and comfortable.
Have some that you want to call your own? We also provide the ability to add custom resources that speak to your customers with your voice - enhancing the experience even further.
INCREASING SAFETY & CONVENIENCE
Connected (or 'smart') devices can do a lot to help you live more comfortably and safely in your home. From connected thermostats designed to save you money to connected leak sensors that can alert you to a drop of water from a leaky pipe...
All About Your Attic
DIFFERENT TYPES REQUIRE DIFFERENT ATTENTION
It's no secret that your roof protects your house from all types of damage, be it from water, wind, or even pests. But have you stopped to think about what is going on directly 'under the surface'? Just a few quick actions can make a big difference...
BASIC HOME CONSTRUCTION
Your home probably rests on a concrete foundation, and it might not look quite as perfect as the image above. This article explains what you need to look for, and what changes might be important. And remember, taking photos can be a big help too...
Your Washer Hoses
ONE SIMPLE FIX IS ALL IT TAKES
Many washing machines come with hoses that are prone to leaks as standard equipment. You can reduce the likelihood of water damage by over 85% with a simple replacement...
Checking For Leaks
KEY PLACES TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Water leaks are extremely expensive due to the damage they cause and wasted water. The EPA reports that easily corrected water leaks in the home can save homeowners over 10 per cent on their water bills. Use this guide to quickly identify signs of leakage..
Your Gutter System
UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT TYPES & OPTIONS
Proper gutter maintenance ensures that rainwater and built-up debris can effectively get through into the drainage system without causing clogging. A clogged gutter causes structural and water damage...
THE BASICS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Security cameras are an important tool when it comes to home protection, they help to provide evidence in case of accidental damage or theft. Learn more about how to properly select and install a security camera system...
Staying Safe Electrically
AVOIDING OVERLOADS & OTHER ISSUES
Sometimes we take electricity for granted in our home, but when managed improperly that can lead to disaster. There are several things that homeowners can watch out for to ensure that their systems are safe...
Winterizing Your Lawn
GET YOUR LAWN READY FOR SPRING
This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your lawn during the winter. Lean about the kind of equipment needed to ensure that your lawn is healthy for summer...
Types of Siding
MOST SIDING REQUIRES MAINTENANCE
Keep an eye out for damages to the siding. Siding materials make sure that your home is protected from the elements, but it needs regular inspection and maintenance...
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS WINTER
Heavy snowfall can cause snow to accumulate and create issues with several home systems. Avoid unwanted expenses by following some quick strategies on how to reduce the impact of snow and ice damage.
STEPS TO KEEP YOUR YOUNGER ONES SAFE
Prevent household accidents and promote a safe space for your younger children to play and explore. In fact, basic safety is a great idea for any age...
Fireproofing Your Home
REDUCE THE RISK OF UNPREDICTABLE FIRE ACCIDENTS
Fire accidents are easily preventable yet each year they cause great destruction. There are several steps you can take, from ensuring smoke detectors are well-placed, to fire extinguishers and more...
Kitchen Safety Essentials
KITCHEN SAFETY DO'S & DON'TS
Kitchens might be among the most important rooms in your home, but they can also be the most hazardous. Take the necessary steps to eliminate the risk of fire, flood, electrical and other hazards that are commonplace in the kitchen...
Cleaning Home Electronics
STEPS TO SAFELY MAINTAIN YOUR ELECTRONICS
Knowing how to clean your electronics can be difficult since they can be sensitive to certain liquids or chemicals. Follow these simple steps to understand how to safely disinfect and maintain electronic equipment...
Home Maintenance Checklist
A SIMPLE CHECKLIST TO STAY ON TRACK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
This checklist breaks out home maintenance and home safety into themes and seasons. With the right planning, it takes very little time to stay on top of maintaining your home...
Severe Weather Guide
LEARN PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE DAMAGE FROM SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS
Heavy rainfall, winds, and other severe weather happen. This guide showcases how to secure your home and reduce the impact that severe weather can bring...
Protecting Your Valuables
GUARD YOUR VALUABLES AGAINST THREATS
Your valuables hold great importance to you whether emotional or financial. Storing them in a safe environment will give you peace of mind that they can't be stolen and will be protected from loss...
A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO KEEP YOUR PIPES IN GOOD SHAPE
Constant usage and aging can cause issues for your plumbing system which will lead to issues with your internal pipes. When caught early, most of these issues can be addressed relatively easily, while others will require a professional...
Pests and Their Signs
FINDING INVADERS EARLY IS KEY
Pests in the home are not a pleasant encounter; they can be very destructive, and even threaten our health. Learn more about performing a quick evaluation of your home for any pests...
Smart Home Setup
GETTING STARTED WITH THE DEVICES YOU NEED
Smart Home technologies can not only provide convenience but safety and savings too. Understanding where to get started can be daunting. This guide steps through the basics...
Maintain Your Basement
BASEMENTS CAN BE PRIME SITES OF LEAKS AND DAMAGE
Basement inspections help to quickly identify weakened foundation cracks and other issues that can seriously impact the structural integrity of your house...
STEPS TO TAKE IF YOUR HOME IS IN A FIRE-PRONE AREA
Wildfires can be extremely destructive. While it might seem that there is little you can do to protect your home, there are in fact quite a few steps that you can take to help protect it...
Common Plumbing Issues
WHEN TO CALL IN A PROFESSIONAL
By maintaining your plumbing system, you will save water, avoid risks of water damage, and decrease the likelihood of mold. Some things are easy to do yourself, while others require a professional...
Common Toilet Problems
YOU CAN PERFORM MINOR REPAIRS YOURSELF
With the daily usage of toilets, it is possible that certain elements might wear out or malfunction. The good news is that many of these issues are quick and easy fixes...
Storm Proofing Your Home
KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE AGAINST HARSH WEATHER
Extreme rains and winds can severely impact the structural integrity of your home. Learn more on how to minimize the risk and stay protected against storms...
Garage Storage Ideas
REDUCE THE CLUTTER AND OPTIMIZE YOUR GARAGE SPACE
Garages can get packed very easily, follow this simple guide to optimize your garage space and create an environment that is hazard-free and easy to work in...