Dealing with mold after weeks of rain

Got mold? Last month, severe storms and flash flooding affected several areas of Central Texas. Many of those affected are now dealing with a common result of water damage: mold. Mold is a factor consumers may not immediately consider, but one that can cause serious structure damage and health problems if it is not taken…

Protect yourself against military scams this Memorial Day

Cook-outs, barbecue, swimming in the lake and spending time with family and friends are just a few of the activities that come to mind when we think about Memorial Day. Although it’s nice to have the day off, we must not forget Memorial Day is a holiday to honor Americans who died while serving in…

Dealing with water damage during a rainy season

BBB offers tips for finding a trustworthy water damage restoration contractor Springtime in Texas promises many things: cars covered in pollen, seasonal allergies, bluebonnets, warmer weather and light rain showers–if we’re lucky. Unfortunately, not all spring showers are “light.” In fact, many Texas cities have seen so much rain that the recent drought is all…

Pick the right summer camp for your child

A stay at summer camp could be one of your child’s favorite memories–if you pick the right one. Each year more than 11 million children and adults attend camp in the United States, according to the American Camp Association (ACA). That includes more than 12,000 day and resident camps nationwide. Your BBB recommends that you research…

BBB warns consumers to be cautious when giving to Nepal earthquake victims

Currently, the death toll from the weekend’s earthquake in Nepal is 3,800 and rising. The survivors are going to need a lot of help and many Americans will be looking for ways to donate time and money. Before you get out your credit card, however, Your BBB warns you to be cautious. Scammers and fraudulent businesses often…

BBB: Protect your personal information from identity thieves

Identity theft is serious problem. If they get your sensitive information, criminals could drain your bank account, change your contact information on various accounts, use your credit card, set up new credit cards or bank accounts in your name and more. You should do what you can to prevent this from happening, because ID theft…

Six steps to ensure you’re hiring the right lawn care company

BBB offers advice for finding a trustworthy business when you’re in the market for landscaping services Now that spring weather has arrived, many Texas homeowners are thinking about how they can improve their lawns and gardens. For some, it’s a matter of mowing and trimming. Others may want to adjust their landscaping to the Texas…

BBB offers tips on choosing the right tax preparer

Need help filing your taxes? Your BBB encourages you to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cost a lot–in IRS-related headaches, fines, and fees. Every year, BBB receives thousands of complaints against tax preparers. Complainants often say the tax preparer made errors in their return, which resulted in fines and fees….

Don’t let scammers make an ‘April fool’ out of you

Ever had the wool pulled over your eyes or taken a wooden nickel? It can happen to the best of us, but with a little knowledge and a bit more caution, you can avoid becoming a scam artist’s next “April fool.” The scammer might try to get you with a phishing email asking you to click…