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Retaining Wall and Monument Sign Maintenance for Your Property

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When it comes to sloped or terraced properties, nothing is quite as handy as a retaining wall. Not only are they gorgeous and add a brilliant aesthetic to the yard, but they are quite practical and useful at helping you utilize your outdoor space. We wanted to share some tips and tricks when it comes to retaining wall and monument sign maintenance, as well as share the importance of keeping up with your commercial and residential properties’ wall and monument signs.

The Importance of Maintaining Walls and Monument Signs

When it comes to your property retaining walls can come in handy to help hold up the earth (aka dirt) and block it from sliding down when any part of the property is at the end of a decline. Monument signs give a beautiful way to showcase your property and are often found at the entrance to subdivisions. They also help future residents and visitors find your property when driving down the road. Naturally, both of these features provide essential uses to your property which is why proper maintenance is also essential. The last thing you’d want is a retaining wall or monument sign to come crumbling down causing havoc on your property and creating a hazard for residents. At the first signs of wear give us a call so we can come out and inspect and repair any defects before they become bigger problems.

Inspecting Retaining Walls

Inspecting and retaining walls are necessary when it comes to proper maintenance. Checking for gaps in stones themselves as well as cracks in the mortar between them is a good start. Cracks and missing mortar will only get worse with time, so making sure those are properly inspected and maintained are crucial when it comes to walls. Another thing to look for is bulges in the wall. If you notice this is happening and some sections are bowing out, this means the soil is shifting and can cause critical damage in the near future. If you notice this, you should contact a professional as soon as possible so they can help resolve this issue immediately.

Tips on How to Maintain Walls & Signs

Maintenance of walls is important and should be checked at least every quarter. If there are any weeds visible in-between areas of the retaining wall, make sure to remove those by the root as they will continue to multiply and separate the wall over time (despite looking nice in some cases).

If you see any slight settling, surface wear, rotation, or bulging of retaining walls or monument signs, the best next move is to call your partnered construction company to evaluate it for any preventative maintenance to keep the issue from worsening.

There are some preventative measures you can take for retaining walls and monument signs including surface treatments, but make sure to check in and verify any treatments with your partnered construction company in order to be sure you have the right treatment for your surface(s).

Don’t wait until the last moment when it comes to sloping or terraced properties. Consistency maintenance of retaining walls is critical to keeping a healthy commercial or residential property. So whether you need to repair an existing structure or you’d like to add a retaining wall to your property, we can help. Contact us today to get a quote and see how we can transform your property.

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Before, During, and After – What to do When Severe Weather Strikes Texas

before-during-and-after-what-to-do-when-severe-weather-strikes-texasWhat to do When Severe Weather Strikes Texas!

It’s the time of year that leaves Texas standing in the front yard staring at the low, black clouds forming – or (more safely) taking shelter in their home. We know this as tornado season, but it’s not just limited to the spring. Texas is prone to tornadoes any time of year due to our proximity to the gulf coast and cold air that moves in from up north. This means we have to be prepared in the event of tornadoes, severe storms, and straight-line winds and know what to do when severe weather strikes texas! Read on to learn what to do before, during, and after catastrophic Texas storms, and how to protect your property.

Before – Get Prepped & Ready

Knowing when to prepare yourself, your family, and your property for an emergency storm can be a defining moment toward a safe and cautionary experience instead of a reaction. Checking your weather reports often during weather warnings and getting your storm kit prepped will allow ease of mind as the storm passes through. As you prepare everything for the storm heading to your area it is imperative to be sure when, if necessary, to take preemptive measures for when the storm hits.

During – Monitor your Home/Business, and Tornadoes

You’re in the thick of it, winds are howling, thunder is crashing, and you may be panicking a little and we understand that! It’s natural to be worried when severe weather strikes! The best thing you can do when severe weather is happening does you best to stay calm and think clearly. Pay attention to the news reports and listen to what’s going on outside. Be aware of the signs of an impending tornado as they are more likely to happen with spring storms due to the ever-shifting temperature that happens here in Texas.

If a tornado does occur:

DO stay inside, away from windows, in the centermost portion of your location. If you’re in a mobile home or out and about try to get to a nearby gas station or commercial building, like a hotel. Also, try to get some sort of helmet on and hard sole shoes.
DO NOT park under an overpass, go outside to look at the tornado, or try to “escape” it.

Once things have settled down from a tornado or a severe storm take a moment to assess your situation to ensure that it is safe to start moving around. If you have confirmed that it is safe to move around, your next step is to take a look at your property.

After – Call a Contractor First

After a severe weather storm is over and you can safely inspect your property for potential damage, you should always call a contractor for help. Not only will they find the damage promptly and efficiently, but they are certified to repair the damage at hand. More times than not, a great construction team like Classic can also help you when it comes to insurance claims as well as setting up various payment plan options, making it as cost-effective for you as possible. You should never feel alone after property damage due to a severe storm, and the Classic Construction team can help you pick up the pieces and make your property like nothing ever happened!

Now that you’re ready for the next time tornado weather strikes, you can rest easier. Remember to prep before the storms hit, monitor the news during stormy conditions, and afterward inspect your property and then call the experts! Classic’s expert team is ready to go with 24/7 emergency service available. Whether it’s roofing, windows, or other damage, we can stop the leak and restore your building.

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Don’t Wait to File an Insurance Claim After Hail Damage

dont-wait-to-file-an-insurance-claimDon’t Wait to File an Insurance Claim!

Most homeowners who have recent hail damage on their roofs can file an insurance claim and receive some compensation, yet far too many people fail to do this. Some of them don’t know they even have hail damage on their roofs, while others might not think it’s worth the time and money to have it fixed. However, the most significant reason why so many homeowners don’t file an insurance claim after a storm is that they simply wait too long to act. By the time they realize how severely their roofs have been damaged, it’s too late to receive any compensation from their insurance companies. They must pay for the repairs out of their own pockets, which can get very expensive very quickly.

How Long Can I Wait to File an Insurance Claim for My Damaged Roof After a Hailstorm?

That really depends on your insurance, but most companies allow you up to a year to file a claim. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should wait for several months before taking action. Your best bet is to file a claim as soon as you think your roof has sustained damage in a storm. The damage is still “fresh” at this time, which means it’s unlikely that anything else has caused any further damage. This will make it easier to prove that it was the hail that damaged your roof, and it will be much easier to repair the damage sooner rather than later.

Hail damage can take years to cause roof leaks and many homeowners put off getting an inspection or fixing damages. This is never a good idea. Here’s why:

  •  When hail hits an asphalt shingle it often knocks off the protective granule coating. Once the granules are gone, the protective layer underneath is exposed to the elements.
  • The sun’s ultraviolet light will weaken the exposed spots and make them brittle. These exposed areas are very susceptible to leaks.
  • Once leaks occur, the damage can be extensive due to potential damage from mold, electrical issues, ceiling and wall damage from water, and perhaps even personal property losses. The damage can also come very quickly and often is not initially detected.

Who is Responsible for the Costs of Additional Damage if I Decide to Wait?

While hail damage to your roof is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies, the additional damage caused by waiting to get repairs is not. Most insurance companies believe it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their homes and take action to prevent leaks and subsequent damage. Therefore, if you wait until your roof is leaking to make a claim you could be footing the bill for all the major repairs.

Preventing additional damage to your home is one of the reasons why some (but not all) insurance companies have time limitations to file a claim. In fact, most policies state that claims should be filed “promptly” or “as soon as possible”. We also always recommend having a professional contractor assess the situation to prevent further damage and costs. Don’t forget, that you can always rely on Classic Construction for your roof damage and repair needs. Feel free to reach out to us today for any restorations that need to be done to your damaged roof caused by hail storms.

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Make Energy-Efficient Improvements to a Property by Hiring the Right Contractors

Make-Energy-Efficient-Improvements-to-a-Property-by-Hiring-the-Right-ContractorsEfficiency Proficiency: The Importance of Hiring the Right Contractors for an Energy-Efficient Property

If you live in Texas you’ve likely seen (and felt) the rising cost of electricity that’s been happening since the “The Big Freeze” of 2021. It’s no secret that everyone has had higher than normal bills and while there are a lot of options to help reduce that with your power company (like free nights) updating your home can help too. Little things like properly venting your attic space to big things like swapping out your windows can all make huge differences to your electric bill each month and improve an energy-inefficient property. The trick here though is having the proper training and knowledge to do it correctly and that’s where Classic Construction comes in. We can spot opportunities to help maximize your savings, read on to learn more on how to make energy-efficient improvements to a property by hiring the right contractors.

Spotting Energy Efficient Opportunities

If your property or building is in need of renovation, you may want to take the time to look for places where you are losing energy. That’s money being thrown away! These days many building materials are made to be extra energy-efficient, from floor to ceiling. Places to spot where you may be losing “bought air” include your baseboards and flooring, around windows and doors, as well as the window material itself, and attics and roofing.

New energy-efficient windows are often double-paned with gas in between the panes as insulation, and many windows now have energy-saving tints, keeping AC in, and reducing heat from outside. It’s important to make sure all the seals are good and not crumbling. As buildings shift, your windows and doors may no longer be squared, so you can lose energy through tiny cracks around them.

Maximize Energy Savings

No matter what time of year it is, it’s smart to try to implement energy-efficient improvements throughout your home. From choosing the right windows that are properly insulated to choosing energy-efficient light bulbs for your home, the options are limitless!

Hiring a professional to help you decide the optimal ways to maximize your energy savings can be a great long-term investment, that will save you money on your electric bill for months and years to come.

Professionals are knowledgeable and can also help improve your property’s insulation to help the temperature stay regulated in your home. We also can easily add or renovate great tools such as a fireplace insert to give you natural warmth ambiance for the colder winter months. Remember, when trying to maximize energy savings, you should always have a professional analyze your home’s weak spots in order to prioritize your upcoming investments in energy efficiency.

An energy-efficient property doesn’t just have to be limited to smart appliances and solar – a well-versed contractor can find huge opportunities on your property that truly maximize the potential of the property itself and save you hundreds and even thousands over the lifetime of the property – well worth the investment.

If you’re restoring or remodeling your property, now is the best time to have the expert team at Classic take care of finding highly energy-efficient ways to improve your property! Reach out today for a free estimate!

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Who is Liable for Tree Damage to a Property After a Storm?

Know Who is Responsible for Tree Damage to a Property Caused by a Storm

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Who is Responsible for Tree Damage to a Property After a Storm?

When a tree falls on your property and causes damage due to a storm, it can be extremely unsettling – but the good news is that as long as you have insurance on your property, you should be able to handle the repair of the damage with ease.

The problem with these scenarios when it isn’t a tree on your own property, however, is that it can cause disputes about who’s responsible for paying for the damages – especially when high deductibles come into the picture. Despite what you might think, just because a tree that damaged your property isn’t your own doesn’t mean you’re not liable to go through your own insurance. Keep reading to learn who is liable for tree damage after a storm.

Acts of Nature and Insurance

When deciding who is liable for tree damage after a storm and what route to take and if your insurance will cover it, will be based on how and why the tree fell. When a tree falls into a neighbor’s property, that neighbor should immediately submit a claim through their insurance. Typically the insurance company will cover it if it was an act of nature. However, there are some cases in that a homeowner can be held liable such as the neighbor chopping the tree down or pushing it down onto your property. Typically when a tree falls from natural causes like storm damage, insurance covers the expenses listed in your insurance plan since that was an act of nature and no one is at fault for the damage.

When a Homeowner is Held Liable For Tree Damage

In some cases, a homeowner might be held liable for a fallen tree. If the tree was in bad condition, such as disease or dying, unstable due to trimming or losing branches and the owner knew about these conditions, they might be liable for all or part of the damage if it were to fall on its own or if a light storm that might otherwise not topple a tree does knock it over. As soon as a property owner learns a tree is in danger of falling over, he or she has a responsibility to remove or trim the tree to prevent damage.

Commercial Properties vs City Landscaping

When it comes to commercial prosperities one of the bigger questions we get asked is who is responsible when it comes to damage, especially from trees and more so after a storm. Typically the owner of the building is responsible for damage that occurs on the property. So if you’re leasing the building then you’ll want to contact your landlord to have the damage resolved. They will likely have insurance coverage on the building to handle these issues. It is advisable though to have insurance on your property within the building to ensure that this property is covered (this is similar to renters insurance on an apartment).

When city landscaping is the reason for the damage things get a bit gray. The law states that landscaped and open space areas in the public right-of-way are considered to be part of the city maintenance. If the landscaping in question came from these public right-of-way areas then the city should be held liable. So the first thing you would need to do is take a look at your property lines to confirm that the trees in question came from outside your property line and are on the public right-of-way areas. Should you find that the trees did come from these areas then you’ll need to contact your local county for repairs. We suggest having a quote on hand first so you are prepared from when they come out to inspect, read our blog on why this is a good idea. Here at Classic Construction, we can assist you with creating that quote, so be sure to contact us next.

Though unsettling and problematic to have a storm cause damage to your property, companies like Classic Construction & Restoration have just the right tools, connections, and recognition to appropriately keep you prepared to handle any unfortunate situations that cause damage to your commercial or residential property. Contact us any time for a free estimate on your storm damage. On Time. On Budget. That’s Classic.

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Our GAF Certification is a Quality Promise

What Does it Mean to be a GAF Certified Roofing Company?

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Our GAF Master Elite® Contractors is our customer service promise

Becoming GAF Master Elite® certified is more than just a title; our GAF certification is a quality promise and commitment to get the job done On Time and On Budget. To be certified you can’t just click a button and take a test, you’ve got to be invited by GAF. Our guarantee and promise toward the workmanship combined with our commitment to our client’s needs mean you come first. Because we are invited GAF Master Elite

members, we have access to the highest quality materials. Our well-trained contractors and expert project managers will meet or exceed your project expectations.

GAF Certifications Earned by Classic Construction

The Master Elite® Certification is GAF’s factory certification program that provides ongoing training to roofing contractors and assurance to you, the homeowner, that the roof will be completed well and professionally. This is a highly prestigious award because only 2% of all roofing contractors in the country have qualified as Master Elite®.

Benefits of Hiring GAF Master Elite® Certified Roofing Contractors

A Master Elite® Certification from GAF is the highest level of roofing certifications available in the roofing industry. Since only about 2% of all roofing companies qualify as a Master Elite®, this allows the benefit of being able to provide customers with the most inclusive warranties in the roofing business. In turn, this enables the customers to get peace of mind knowing that their roof will always be taken care of. With a Master Elite® roofer, you can also be sure that they have been properly trained to install the materials correctly and have the ethical knowledge to make sure that your home is always protected.

Roofing Services We Offer for Your Commercial or Residential Properties

Here at Classic, we are masters in our craft. We strive to always stay on top of our training so we can offer the most up-to-date solutions for your roofing needs. This is especially important for commercial roofs that often have special needs to ensure they are in compliance with safety standards. Things like large a/c units and heaters need to be instilled properly to ensure they do not cause structural issues on your roof. Our GAF trading ensures that we are always in the know to keep your building’s roof in tiptop shape. Residential customers can rest easy to know that our GAF master elite certification allows us to easily be approved by your insurance for your repairs. Whether you are in need of roof maintenance or roof repair for your commercial or residential space contact your trusted GAF master elite certified roofers here at Classic Construction.

Our GAF Certification is a Quality Promise

In conclusion, now you know what it means to be a GAF certified roofing company and its importance for quickly and correctly repairing roof damage. Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. prides itself on having not one, but two certifications On Time. On Budget. That’s Classic.

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Siding

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

7 Signs You Need To Replace Your SidingSiding is a wonderful way to protect your house from pests, weather, and other damage. It’s also a great way to give your house a beautiful look. When your siding is damaged, it’s not doing either job!

If you need to replace your old siding, you want to hire a team to do it correctly and with the right materials, like our favorite, James Hardie siding, so you only have to replace it once! Replacing old siding before it’s too damaged can save you money down the road, if your home or multifamily property isn’t protected, rot, insect infestation, and other times of damage can be far more expensive and time consuming to repair.

You may be wondering how to know when to replace your siding? We have 7 signs it’s time to replace your siding so you can protect your property.

1. Continual Maintenance

Just like with your vehicle, as your siding ages, you will find yourself making repairs more frequently. And just like with your vehicle, skipping regular maintenance can lead to compounding damage, so the tendency is to skip minor repairs that seem tedious or minor, but this can cause your underlying wood structure to become damaged and rotted. If you find your siding is needing frequent maintenance or repairs, it’s time to replace it!

2. Loose or Fallen-off Siding

If you notice loose siding, or siding that falls off or even just flaps in a Texas storm, it’s not protecting your home! Excessive moisture and pest damage becomes a serious concern. If your siding sounds like a haunted house when it’s windy, you have sign that it’s time for replacement!

3. Damage From Pests

Frequent pest issues – hello termites, woodpeckers, and rodents – are a serious issue for your investment. Siding, especially siding made from pest-repelling materials like cement fiber or metal, can deter this critters and keep them from eating or nesting in your property.

4. Faded Colors

Sometimes it’s not only about damage, but curb appeal! No one wants to be the neighbor that causes property values to drop. While faded colors isn’t an emergency, it’s generally a sign that your siding is aging and nearing replacement time. This gives you a little more flexibility to learn about new materials and consider your color options.

5. Warped, Cracked, Buckled, or Sagging Siding

Not only is discolored siding an eyesore, but warped and sagging siding makes your home or commercial building look unkempt and uncared for. If your siding is relatively new, you may be able to replace a few pieces, but if the misshapen and buckled siding is widespread, it’s more than likely time to replace all of it to prevent more damage overall.

6. Rotted or Crumbling Siding

As a protectant of your underlying structure, siding takes a beating on behalf of your house. Water damage, excessive heat, and freezing temperatures can cause your siding to start crumbling and warping, allowing moisture to seep in and cause rot! If you find soft, crumbling areas on your home or apartment building, you can bet moisture is working its way in. If caught early enough, replacing your siding can keep the moisture from rotting your frame. You’ll need a full inspection to make sure the damage doesn’t extend beyond the exterior of your building.

7. Bubbling or Blistered Finishes

Just like with rot, the Texas heat can cause bubbling and blistering on your siding, which might mean your siding material isn’t as resilient or durable as it needs to be for our extreme temperatures. Small bubbles and blisters can lead to cracks, which as we know by now can lead to all manner of damage from rot to pest invasion, so it’s time to get ahead of the game and replace your siding with something more durable like a fiber cement product like the James Hardie materials with ColorPlus® Technology.

How Long Should I Expect Siding to Last?

Siding is a long-term investment and you should expect it to last for a very long time. The type of material, the manner in which it was installed, and other reasons, such as element and weather exposure, can all factor into the lifetime of your siding. It’s important to hire a qualified team, like Classic Construction, for installation to ensure it’s done correctly the first time. Contact us for a free estimate for your siding repair or replacement.

How to Know When to Replace Your Siding

Now You Know When to Replace Your Siding – Find the Right Team

While you don’t need to think about your siding all the time, an annual walk around your property should help you know if you need to hire an expert for a closer look. Note any changes from the previous year, and any places you find holes, cracks, or loose panels. Classic is available in the DFW, Austin, and San Antonio areas for all your exterior maintenance needs!

How “Bids” Work Against You

How “Bids” Work Against You

The truth about “bids” is that they actually work against you when it comes to your homeowner insurance claim, learn how “bids” work against you.

Prevent fire and stay warm safelyFirst and foremost to learn how “bids” work against you, understand that insurance companies pay claims in two phases. The insurance company assigns a dollar value to your claim called the Replacement Cost Value (RCV). From this RCV, they will deduct your out-of-pocket deductible. The first disbursement of funds will be less than the full RCV, an amount usually called the Actual Cost Value (ACV). Once the work to your home is near completion, there’s a second payment of Depreciation or hold-back money. (Total Claim RCV = ACV + Depreciation + Deductible) The Depreciation will NOT be paid in full if your contractor gave you an under-cut bid. Instead, if you shop bids and receive one that is less than the RCV, the insurance company will simply reduce your total disbursement. In the meantime, the bid roofer will surely cut corners to do the job for less. It is a misnomer that as a homeowner you will receive all of the insurance money and then pay a contractor their lower bid while putting the rest in your pocket. Not only will you get a lower quality roofing system, you will not get any financial benefit from using the lowest bid, which is how “bids” work against you on insurance claims.

Xactimate pricing eliminates the need for “bids”

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. uses Xactimate, the standard price estimating software used by 80% of the risk industry. Since we work exclusively with insurance restoration claims, we maintain a paid subscription for Xactimate Software to eliminate negotiation and pricing disputes. Very few contractors pay for this subscription. During the adjuster meeting, we work diligently to set the correct “scope of damage.” The pricing is already determined by the standards set by Xactimate. This eliminates the “bidding” process. In addition, if any damage is missed or if any items need to be added to your claim, our expertise and use of the Xactimate software ensures that proper pricing is in place.

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc works exclusively with insurance restoration projects

How “Bids” Work Against YouThe majority of homeowners may only file an insurance claim for storm damage once during the duration of owning your home. Very few homeowners truly understand how the process works let alone how much additional funding is available. Beyond the standard pricing for restoration of your exteriors, additional funding can be acquired for local code enforcement upgrades, permit fees and extra over-head coverage. However, all of this additional funding has to be negotiated with your insurance company. Otherwise, your claim is underpaid by omitting these items. The general public and unknowledgeable roofers and contractors are not aware of this short-fall. Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. has experience and expertise with not only identifying and restoring damage, we also know exactly how to negotiate with your insurance company. Based on our 10+ years of historic data in working with insurance claims, we know what should be covered, but is frequently underpaid. Our core competency is maximizing the disbursement made by your insurance company and relieving you of the hassle of negotiating.

“For most of us, our home is the largest investment we will ever make.”

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc Project Managers are certified professionals having completed the “HAAG Certified Inspector-Residential Roofs” course

At Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise provided by forensic science firm, HAAG Engineering. Our HAAG education tells us exactly how damage is caused and how to identify the damage. Xactimate sets the pricing for everything needed to restore your home to its original condition before the damage occurred. In addition, we have extensive understanding of the additional funding that can be added to your claim. Furthermore, we negotiate with the utmost professionalism. We take the time to build rapport with insurance adjusters and all of our colleagues in the risk industry. This allows our team to engage in respectful negotiation that benefits both our clients and the industry

Furthermore, Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. can show you how to turn your insurance claim into a potential investment opportunity. Your home is your castle. For most of us, our home is the largest investment we will ever make. Therefore, when you have a catastrophic loss claim (hail, wind, tornado), this can be a very demanding time. Don’t stress… Our team is at your service. Working with storm damage restoration claims is what we do! Together we will work to ensure that all of the financial obligations your insurance carrier is required to provide to you is done in a timely manner. When there is a large catastrophic event in a given area, insurance companies send hundreds of adjusters to those neighborhoods to write claims as quickly as possible. Due to such a heavy claim volume in a short amount of time, it is virtually impossible for every claim to be awarded in full. In our experience, we have seen tens of thousands of dollars omitted from claims.

“…if you go with an under-cut bid, and you go with a company that does not understand how to secure maximum funding, you are decreasing the investment into your home.”

We truly are experts in our field

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. can identify, document and negotiate all necessary funding to fully restore your home including the frequently omitted funds. By maximizing the amount of your insurance claim, you are maximizing the investment into your home. Coming full circle, if you go with an under-cut bid, and you go with a company that does not understand how to secure maximum funding, you are decreasing the investment into your home. The current national average for real estate is 3.9-5.4% per year. Meaning, for every ten thousand dollars you invest now, you will get a return of a few hundred dollars.

Taking the time to make the right choice for your contractor will most certainly give you a great return on your investment. Now that you know how “bids” work against you, you can see Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc. is the right choice! Call us today for a free estimate, or fill out our online inquiry form!

Structural Drying

Phases of Structural Drying

What is Structural Drying and When Do You Need It?

This December has been one of the warmest on record, however, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts our winter will be incredibly cold. We’ve previously given you tips on preparing your pipes for below freezing temperatures (link to Frozen Pipe blog), but if you experience a burst pipe during a below freezing weather event, we want you to understand how remediation works, including the phases of structural drying. Read on to learn how Classic dries your home or business to prevent mold and reduce damage to your building’s structure, which can include warped or rotted wood, warped sheetrock, electrical component damage and more!

Preparing your Home for a Cold Winter

Almost a year ago, most of us in North Texas can agree that we were not expecting the winter to cause damage to a lot of our homes and businesses. To keep the damage as minimum as possible for your properties, we at Classic Construction recommend getting ahead of the freeze with your at home generators to keep your power in case of rolling brown-outs. Insulating your pipes will be the other highly recommended preparation to keep your pipes from freezing and causing much unwanted structural damage to your property. Keep those weather and natural-cause notifications on during these colder months to stay ahead of any storms and keep your property safe from harm.

Causes of Trapped Moisture

Moisture problems tend to occur when excess moisture becomes trapped in a part of a building that should be dry. It can happen to any building and structure regardless of age. Some common mistakes that can lead to moisture issues are improper structure building, leaks in foundation, and damaged or aging pipes. These problems can be avoided by incorporating moisture controls into building designs such as proper gutter systems, condensation drainage systems, humidity controls, and an annual check up on pipes that might be cracked or leaking due to age. The key is to try to control moisture as best as possible so that it doesn’t accumulate where it can do potentially harmful damage.

The Structural Drying Process

Stop Mold In Its Tracks

Water damage should be remediated as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.

Extracting water is typically the first step of the structural drying process, followed by testing for mold damage and asbestos. If either of those are detected, they will be professionally removed. You might think that after extracting all of the water and any mold that the areas in the building or home may be dry, but water content can still be quite high – to prevent more mold growth, dehumidification is necessary to be certain that any excessive water vapors are collected. One of the final methods in one of the most common structural drying processes is to maintain a constant temperature in the affected area(s) – too hot and the dehumidification process may not be effective, too cold and mold may begin to grow once again. Although there are more approaches to structural drying, these are the most common strategies you can expect when experiencing structural drying on a property.

Conclusion

Though it’s been a very warm December, this winter looks to be extremely cold according to forecasts. We’ve listed some tips on preparing your home or commercial property for a cold winter, how moisture becomes trapped in typically dry areas of a building, and what structural drying looks like when Classic Construction performs water remediation. If your building has suffered a leak, a burst pipe, or a flood, call us today! We’ll work with your insurance company to quickly and completely repair your property!

Winter is Coming, Be prepared on behalf of your residents

Preparing For a Texas Winter

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Winter is coming. Be prepared on behalf of your residents.

You don’t have to live in Texas long to realize just how unbalanced the weather can be at times. 2021 was a year for the record books! Texas suffered a brutal arctic blast that lasted for days, resulting in more than 456k insurance claims to be filed for water damage to homes and businesses across the state due to frozen pipes.

Cold temperatures are around the corner and now is the time to prepare for what mother nature can have in store. With proper planning, you can lessen the risk of damage to your community and homes due to frozen pipes.

Here is a list of some of the overlooked items that you should think about when winterizing your community or home.

  • Fire suppression lines and control valves are often installed in attics, parking garages, balconies and closets that are completely susceptible to the elements. While insulating these lines and rooms is not common, by doing so you can protect your community and home from costly repairs and damage. When these lines burst, they release thousands of gallons of water in a short period of time causing serious damages.
  • Caulking gaps, voids and penetrations around the home and facility where cold air can enter the wall cavity and get to the pipes- This includes doors, windows, spigots, vents in the brick, stucco, or siding facade.
  • Closing off ventilation to the foundation of your home or facility if it has a crawl space. If your community is pier and beam and you have pipes underneath, ensure these pipes are properly wrapped and protected. Seal any gaps around pipes and wires that enter the home or facility from underneath.
  • Winterize your community swimming pool to prevent leaks

    Winter is coming. Is your multi-family community ready?

    Ensure that pool pumps, irrigation lines and outside water fountains have the water lines properly insulated. 
  • Exposed drainpipes in parking garages can freeze at the elbow or p-trap of the plumbing. When water freezes in the p-trap, this causes the pipe to expand and ultimately crack. By wrapping and protecting these pipes you can avoid costly repairs due to cracked pipes, though you may not commonly see it done.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Texas is in for another frigid winter. Taking the steps above into consideration combined with other commonly performed items inside and out can decrease your overall risk of having frozen pipes. While we hope to have a winter that is forgiving this time around, the most we can do is prepare for the worst and expect the best!

If your multifamily community, HOA, or commercial property has freezing weather damage, or if you’d like to get a quote from Classic for winterizing packages, contact us today or call (469) 290-8980. Our expert team is here for you 24/7 in case of emergencies!