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Everything You Need to Know About Home Warranties

  • August 21, 2019

What is a home warranty?

Home Warranties are annual service contracts that cover repair or replacement to the common systems and appliances of a home. These service contracts feature coverage for the important parts and components that frequently deteriorate over time and are often difficult and expensive to replace. Although home warranties may seem like homeowner’s insurance policies, they are very different.

What’s the difference between a home warranty and homeowner’s insurance?

Depending on the type of policy, homeowner’s insurance typically applies to accidental damage that occurs to a property. Some common coverages include:

  • Theft or Vandalism
  • Floods, Fires, Lightning or Falling Objects
  • Earthquakes, Tornadoes or Hurricanes
  • Liability Claims

On the other hand, home warranties cover the cost to repair or replace the systems, components and appliances of a home, such as:

  • Plumbing and Gas Lines
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Water Heaters and More

When combined, home warranties and insurance policies provide unprecedented peace of mind and protection from financial harm from unexpected home emergencies. The two go hand-in-hand together and prevent any gaps in coverage for when something inevitably goes wrong in a home.

How does a home warranty work?

Our home warranty plans work in three easy steps:

  • You call

    Call us anytime to get immediate access to professional support.

  • We fix

    When you make a claim, we’ll send a licensed technician to handle your covered repairs.

  • You save

    Our licensed and insured professionals will deliver quality service with absolutely ZERO out-of-pocket payment.

Will I need multiple home warranties?

No. By creating your own custom plan, you’ll have the option to select coverage for each system or appliance you want. For example, you will only need to purchase one coverage for plumbing, electrical, and gas line systems, but may need to purchase two coverages if your home features multiple water heaters or multiple HVAC units. By purchasing a home warranty from Service Magic USA, you’ll be able to get exactly the coverage you need without paying for things you don’t.

Are all breakdowns covered?

Not all breakdowns are covered. We offer custom service contracts that are tailored to each home’s specific needs. By building your own plan, you can ensure that whatever you need covered gets covered. Nothing more, nothing less. Please view a sample contract to see precisely what is and is not covered.

How does a homeowner request service?

Homeowners can request service by filing a claim anytime, any day. Claims can be made either online by logging into your account, or by calling us directly. We take service requests seriously and have representatives available 24/7/365 to answer questions, dispatch service technicians, and ensure quality customer service.

Is there a deductible, service call fee, or any out of pocket payment?

Of course not! All coverages offered by Service Magic USA feature zero out of pocket payment. What you pay for the coverage is all you pay, period.

Should a home warranty be purchased when selling a home?

A customized home warranty from Service Magic USA is an exceptional value-added service you can offer with your home. In addition to providing budget protection and offering peace of mind to the customer, your custom home warranty will help minimize post-sale conflicts when selling your home.

Customize Your Plan Today!

While you can’t prevent things from going wrong, you can be prepared with a home warranty.

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Types of Electrical Outlets Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:14:29 +0000

Types of Electrical Outlets

  • August 20, 2019


Most people don’t usually think about the different types of electrical outlets in their home. Regardless, we all rely on these outlets to power the appliances and electronics used daily. Since these sometimes need upgrading or replacing, it’s good to know what exists.

Here’s a quick guide:

Common Electrical Outlets

Standard 15-amp Duplex Outlets are found in the majority of homes in the United States. They attach to three-prong plugs and feature a long neutral slot next to a shorter hot slot with a grounding hole in the shape of a semi-circle.

20A Outlets are best suited for devices that require extra power. They can support 25% more electricity than standard outlets, which is why they are found in areas that hold appliances like kitchens, garages, and laundry rooms.

Combination Outlets are designed with multiple features in mind. Aside from the standard outlet, they commonly have light switches or on/off buttons.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlets (GFCIs) area bale to sense faults, leaks, and short circuits occurrences. When such an incident does occur, the GFCI will automatically turn off to prevent fires or injury. These are required by many building codes in kitchens and bathrooms due to their proximity to water sources.

Arc Fault Receptacle Outlets (AFCIs) prevent electrical hazards that would occur from arc faults, which are caused by wiring damage.

Weather Resistant Outlets are made for outdoor environments where mother nature is at play. They come in both 15 and 20 amp sizes, and are used for patios, decks and pool areas.

Tamper Resistant Outlets are designed to protect children from injury. They are designed as an alternative to those plastic outlet caps found in most homes. These too come in both sizes.

Smart Outlets work similarly to traditional outlets, but you can control them from the comfort of your smartphone. They commonly require some sort of a smart-home hub to be properly connected.

USB Outlets are wall sockets with USB ports built into them. This allows the user to charge common handheld electronics directly from a USB cable, rather than requiring an adapter.

Customize Your Plan Today!

It’s a good strategy to be equipped for common electrical home repairs, and while you can’t be prepared for everything, you can be ready with a custom home warranty.

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When to Call a Professional Plumber Wed, 07 Aug 2019 01:28:18 +0000

When to Call a Professional Plumber

  • August 13, 2019


It’s sometimes difficult to decide is an issue can be solved with a DIY solution or if it’s time to call an expert.

If you find yourself with a one of the following problems regarding your plumbing system, you should call a professional plumber.

Low Water Pressure

If you ever notice your home’s water flowing at an irregular pressure, there may be a leak or blockage somewhere in the system. In an extreme case, this may even indicate a fractured pipe or eroded water service line. It may be difficult for a typical homeowner to isolate and correct such an issue, so it’s best to let a professional plumber identify the source and lend some insight on an effective course of action.

No Hot Water

Water heater issues usually lead to a lack of hot water. Since these units run on either gas or electric systems, they can be quite dangerous to work on without the proper training.

Severe Pipe Issues

A plumber should be called immediately in the event of a blocked, burst, or frozen pipe. Strange noises, sells, and a lack of water are great indicators that something serious might be at hand. Blockages are commonly caused by sediment buildup in the sewer line, and DIY attempts to remedy the situation can easily cause a much more serious problem – and a much larger repair bill. In extreme scenarios, broken sewer lines can cause issues that affect an entire neighborhood.

Concerning Noises

Loud noises coming from the pipes can be a sign that the system is about to break, while gurgling noises indicate a clogged system. These sounds usually arise when you’re using the shower, toilet, washing machine and dishwasher, so if you hear anything out of the ordinary, turn off the main water supply immediately. Under such circumstances it would be best to call for help right away.

Home Improvement

You should always consult professionals when you take on a new home improvement or renovation project. Any area of the house that involves plumbing (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc.) may require you to relocate or reinstall plumbing-related items such as sinks, toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines. When this is the case, you want to be sure that the water supply and drain lines are placed correctly. Taking the initiative to get expert advice can help save you money down the road on potential repairs and reinstallations.

Water Damage

Signs of water damage include leaks, stains, and mold growth. Ideally, you would want to catch water damage as early in the process as possible – especially before any mold begins to grow in the affected area. A professional plumber can help to find the source of the problem and preform the appropriate repairs to prevent any further damage.

Customize Your Plan Today!

Home maintenance issues are best avoided with proper care and due diligence. A custom home warranty can help cover the costs associated with many common problems with the various systems of your home.

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How to Replace a Light Switch Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:57:20 +0000

How to Replace a Light Switch

  • August 8, 2019


It’s easy to take things for granted, especially when things blend well into daily life. A light switch is flipped almost every time a room is entered, and the light turning on in response is expected every time. But when it doesn’t, the inconvenience quickly becomes apparent.

Luckily, it’s quite easy to replace a standard light switch, and the process makes for a fun and affordable DIY project.

Step 1 - Safety

First thing’s first, any electrical DIY project requires you to turn off the power. Aside from just switching off the light control itself, you also need to make sure to turn off the circuit on the main breaker panel.

Step 2 – Remove the Cover

Once the power is turned off, you can remove the old switch by unscrewing the cover from the wall using a standard screwdriver. To loosen screws, remember to turn them counterclockwise (clockwise will tighten them). The plate and screws should be kept close by, since you will be needing to reattach them once the new switch has been installed.

Step 3 – Test the Circuit

It’s good practice to ensure that no electricity is flowing before moving on to the next step. Do this by using a voltage meter to double check.

Step 4 – Remove the Old Switch

Pull the old switch away from the wall after you’ve unscrewed the screws that hold it in place. At this point the wires will still be attached, so it’s a good idea to take a picture as a reference for when its time to reattach them.

Step 5 – Disconnect the Wires

Loosen the terminal screws that are connecting the wires and then the light switch should be free to completely remove. Bend the wires in opposite directions so that they are kept separated.

Step 6 – Install the New Switch

Begin by attaching the wires in the same order as with the old switch. The white (neutral) wire connects to the silver terminal, and the black (or sometimes red) wire connects to the brass terminal (this is the hot wire). In some cases, there may also be a grounding wire, so just follow the picture of the old switch connections and keep everything consistent.

Step 7 - Reattach the New Switch

Push the newly wired switch into the electrical box and screw it into place. Now replace the cover plate by using a screwdriver to tighten each of the screws into place.

Step 8 – Power Up

Turn the power back on by switching the circuit back to the “on” position. Flip the switch you just replaced and see the results of your hard work!

If you still experience an issue with the switch, don’t hesitate to call a professional. Many electrical repairs are serious work, so don’t take on a task that you wouldn’t be entirely comfortable doing.

Customize Your Plan Today!

While you can’t prevent things from going wrong with your home’s electrical system, you can be prepared with a custom home warranty.

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How To Fix Common Plumbing Leaks Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:55:47 +0000

How To Fix Common Plumbing Leaks

  • August 8, 2019

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Repairing common plumbing leaks is a simple DIY project you can usually do without the need for professional help. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, common household leaks can waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water in a given year! Aside from damage done to the environment, the wasted water can put a huge hurt on your wallet once your utility bill comes in.

To avoid water waste and prevent bigger issues like water damage and mold contamination, keep an eye out for leaks and fix them right away.

First thing’s first, when taking care of water leaks the first step is always the same – turn off the main water supply! If you don’t, you’ll find yourself covering the room with a huge burst of water.

Shower Leaks

Look out for standing water, drippage, stains, and mold when the water is turned off. If you find anything unusual, tighten the shower head and pipe stem with a wrench. If it looks worn out, replace the washer or “O” ring inside the shower head prior to tightening. Make sure to seal the connection with plumber’s tape to prevent any future leaks. If you find water seepage from a tub frame, reseal it with some new caulking.

Toilet Leaks

Toilet leaks can cause a number of symptoms, such as loosened floor tiles, pooled water, worn out valves and even a wobbling toilet. To be extra sure that you have a toilet leak just put some food coloring in the tank and wait a few minutes to see if any color appears in the toilet bowl. If so, you know that a leak exists.

An inexpensive way to remedy a leaky toilet is by replacing the flapper valves within the tank. Take the original flapper to a local home improvement store and be sure to replace it with the exact same one for your toilet. You can purchase some new toilet shims to prevent a wobbly toilet, but if those don’t fix the leak you may need to have the toilet reinstalled with a new wax ring.

Sink Leaks

Check the cabinet beneath the sink for any puddles or damp areas near the pipes. A dripping faucet or worn out caulk can also be indicators of a leaking sink. Be sure to check the rims, shutoff valves, pipe joints and supply line connections for common sources of leakage.

Sink and faucet leakages are usually fixed by tightening the valves and connections. You can use plumber’s tape to reinforce these seals, but keep in mind that a crowded cabinet beneath the sink can cause damage to, and even loosen the water supply pipes and connections. Also, a crowded cabinet will make it more difficult to notice the common signs of leaks, such as puddles or dripping water.

Customize Your Plan Today!

While you can’t prevent things from going wrong with your home’s plumbing system, you can be prepared with a home warranty.

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