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Sidewalk Damage Repair for Multifamily and HOAs

Types of Sidewalk Damage

First and foremost, it is going to be vital to understand the different causes of sidewalk damage; shifting ground, broken concrete, and root damage. Shifting ground is caused by the large amounts of water directly under concrete that can cause the ground to shift. Broken concrete is straight forward in that the concrete is chipped or split by some type of external forces, such as heavy machinery, vehicles being repeatedly parked, or other strong force. Root damage is another straight forward type of damage and is caused by trees and shrubs with powerful root systems moving the dirt underneath the concrete or even growing directly through it. Tree roots are wide-reaching, so you may have root damage even if you don’t have trees in your immediate vicinity. If you see damage on your sidewalk give a professional call right away to fix the issues before someone gets hurt. While you wait for them to arrive be sure to mark of any damaged areas with caution tape or other signage to help notify anyone walking by that this area is unsafe.
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Getting It Estimated

Accurate estimates are important for both the homeowners or businesses and the construction company you work with – we want to do our best to make sure that you get exactly what you need with the quality you expect. Our process is simple yet thorough and we’ll make sure to cover all your needs.

1. The Walkthrough: Our team will take ample time walking every inch of the project so that we can take notes about every aspect of the damage that needs to be recovered, replaced, or added.


2. The Danger Check: Safety is our highest priority for everyone involved and in addition to the damage, we check the context of the project for possible dangers that could injure someone and make you liable for lawsuits in the future. We take the danger check very seriously, so you can rest assured that when we walk through your property, we look at every possible angle.


3. The Marks: Documentation of the damage includes not just photos, but also our team marking specific areas so that we can make sure our team has a clear path forward for the project. These marks, although not particularly beautiful, are an important part of the process that kicks off a successful repair or reconstruction project.

Repairing Sidewalks Classic Style

When it comes to repairing damaged sidewalks, our team will come to your site to replace or grind down the raised edges of your damaged concrete to effectively repair it. In same case we’ll need to replace sections of your sidewalk as well. When there is damage due to water or tree roots running beneath the concrete we’ll help identify and treat the source to prevent future damage from occurring. Even the smallest of cracks can lead to big problem be sure to call Classic at the first site of damage.

When to Call a Professional

Remember “you step on crack you break your momma’s back” so call Classic ahead of time to fix minor issues before they become big problems. Prevention is less expensive than paying medical bills, make sidewalk maintenance part of your annual inspection package. We’ll be there every step of the way ensuring your sidewalk repair process is done right. Everyone needs a team they can trust, we’ll be there on time, on budget, that’s Classic!

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7 Tips On How To De-ice Your Sidewalk and Driveway

There’s a saying in Texas:

“Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes and it’ll change!”

We’re certainly finding this to be true this winter! While we’ve enjoyed some light snow drifts, 60° weather (and up into the 70s a few times), and crisp nights, we’re experiencing a cold snap unlike any we’ve experienced in 22 years! In general, when we have icy days, we’re warm enough to melt it when the sun comes out, but with several days below freezing, you may find yourself needing to de-ice your concrete walkways, sidewalks, stairs, and driveways. We’ve rounded up some ideas for you! 

Rock Salt

Rock salt (also known as sodium chloride) is one of the most widely used deicing chemical. It is inexpensive, easy to get, and works well (for temperatures above 15°F). Here in Texas, we may not have bags of it on-hand for de-icing. You can use table salt in a pinch, but it’s less effective than rock salt. If you can’t get rock salt, sprinkle a thin layer of table salt over the area you want to de-ice. The chemical reaction between the salt and the water results in heat, melting the ice.

Salt shouldn’t be your long-term solution for melting ice, because it can damage your lawn, erode your concrete, and cause animals to get sick! But in a pinch, it will do!

Calcium Chloride

Calcium Chloride granules or powder is another form of salt that is great for deicing and is good for temperatures down to -20°F. Let’s hope we don’t need that, here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area! While a little safer than rock salt for plants and animals, it can still harm them in large quantities. You may have some on hand for other uses, and it’s readily available, but you’re probably less likely to have it on hand than you are table salt!

Pet and Environmentally Friendly Alternative Chemicals

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If you’re worried about environmental impacts from deicers, there are plenty of eco-friendly deicers on the market. Many claim to be pet-safe, less damaging to lawn and waterways, and less damaging to your concrete, if slightly less effective than traditional de-icers. Many are available on Amazon.

Sand

A readily available option that many have right in their backyard is sand! It doesn’t melt ice, but it can add traction to slippery areas. If you’re looking to get purchase for your tires on a slightly inclined driveway or help keep your sidewalk just a little safer, sand is a great option that won’t degrade your concrete or hurt your lawn. The biggest downside is the mucky mess it makes when the ice finally melts, but that’s a mop problem, which is certainly better than an injury problem! Sand can help on stairs, but melting the ice is the safer solution!

Heated Mats

Heated mats are an expensive solution, most likely added to a new build, and generally more widely used in areas that stay colder than Dallas-Fort Worth. If you live toward Collin County or any of the more northern counties in North Texas, and you’re building a new home or commercial property, this might not be a bad option to consider!

Anti-icers

Anti-icing solution is a chemical spray that is applied to your sidewalks and driveways before wintery mixes and snowstorms happen. Most come as a liquid in a jug and use a sprayer similar to a fertilizer or pesticide sprayer. Many claim to be eco and bio-friendly and non-toxic, though, like any chemical you apply outside, you’ll want to use it as sparingly as possible. Anti-icers are fairly easy to find (though they may be more readily available in colder climates) and are a great choice for retail and multifamily properties, where slip and fall suits might be a concern.

Shoveling

Good, old fashioned shoveling might do what you need if your ice isn’t too thick and you don’t have too large a surface to shovel. You’ll want to use a flat, wide shovel if you have one available.

Classic is here to help!

Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc is prepared in case you need emergency water services, and can de-ice on a large scale for retail and multifamily properties. Call today at (469) 290-8980 if you have experienced burst pipes (link to burst pipes blog) or other winter-weather related (link to water damage page) damage to your home, business, or multifamily property.

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist For 2021

Inspect your home inside and out

Inspect your home inside and out, including the roof and foundation.

With the new year, and more time spent at home, it’s time to give your property a little TLC and put a maintenance checklist in place. To get started and ensure your home is in good shape, start by looking at these key areas.

Check Up On The Condition of Your Roof

It is important to assess the condition of your roof, and look for any signs of damage and wear and tear. Roofs can take a beating due to the elements, even if your roof is not that old. Look to see if there are any shingles out of place, discoloration, mold, or moss. These can be signs that it is time to get an inspection by a roofing expert to determine if anything needs to be replaced.

Determine If Your Exterior Needs Some Touching Up

 If you are thinking about practical, as well as aesthetic, upkeep on your home, then look no further than the exterior. The appearance of your siding or paint can change the entire look of your house. If your siding is in need of repair or if your paint is fading, then it is time to freshen it up. You can check out exterior home trends for 2021, and then pick out a new or sophisticated material to boost curb appeal.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Sometimes simple maintenance tasks can be forgotten until they start to have negative impacts on your property. For instance, cleaning out your gutters should be something you build into your regular outdoor maintenance schedule. Leaves and other debris can quickly pile up, clog your gutters, and defeat the purpose of having them in the first place. Clogged gutters cause water to dump against the exterior of your home, making it soggy, and water can potentially seep in and cause damage. Most major issues can be prevented if you keep up on your gutters and ensure that they are clean.

Ensure Your Foundation Is Water Tight

Make sure you are taking steps to make your home water tight so you don’t have to deal with water damage down the line. This could involve repairing your retaining wall, fixing cracks in your foundation, caulking around windows and doors, keeping your gutters cleaned out, and reinforcing and repairing drywall can all help make your home impermeable.

Tune Up Inefficient Appliances

It is important to keep your appliances on a regular maintenance schedule. There are many moving pieces to each of your appliances that need to be kept in pristine condition. When something is off or goes wrong with one part it can affect the entire performance of the appliance. You can check into your home warranty options to service your appliances to help them run more efficiently. 

Inspect Your Electrical System

Keeping close tabs on your electrical system is essential for safety and for ensuring your entire home system can function properly. Faulty wires, burned-out sockets, and outdated electrical panels must be addressed immediately to prevent fires. Ensure that your electrical system is up to date so that it can meet demand. Especially now, smart home systems are increasingly popular, and it is critical to ensure your electrical is top notch and can handle automation.

Take Proper Care of Special Materials

If your home has unique or has specialty materials it is important that you take care of them properly. If you have concrete driveways, walkways, stone or tile, ensure that they are not cracking. To keep such materials looking their best, be sure to clean them with the proper solutions on a regular basis.

Inspect and Test Home Safety Devices

To keep you and your family safe, you must perform routine safety inspections of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It can be easy to forget to check your detectors. Take time to check the indicator lights frequently and change the batteries. Also, check that there are enough and that they are installed in the proper locations.

Don’t wait and put off maintenance tasks. As a responsible homeowner, it is essential to keep up on your property not only for safety reasons, but to be able to enjoy your property to its fullest potential. Of course, Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc is here to inspect areas such as roofs and foundations, where damage can be hard to spot, but also expensive to repair if problems aren’t caught quickly. Call us at (469) 290-8980 to schedule your inspection today!