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Does My Insurance Company Cover Flooding Damage in Dallas, Texas and What To Look For

Does My Insurance Company Cover Flooding Damage?

Does-My-Insurance-Company-Cover-Flooding-Damage-in-Dallas-Texas-and-What-To-Look-ForDuring this time of year, flooding in Texas is very common due to all the storms that constantly stir up. When it comes to flood damage coverage in Dallas and the Forth Worth area, you might be wondering “will my insurance company cover flooding damage and the repairs needed?” Read on to learn when flood damage is covered, and when it isn’t, and also learn about delayed insurance claims and misallocated funds that may arise.

When Flood Damage Is Covered By Insurance

Flood damage is only covered by insurance in a small percentage of cases and typically this is when the water damage is the direct result of a flood. Additionally, it is more often only when there is a sudden increase of water, which in most cases flooding is a gradual event. So you may find that you do not have the coverage for the damage caused by flooding. It is a great idea to take a look at your insurance policy to see the terms when it comes to water damage specifically. If you do not see the coverage you may want to consider adding on flooding or water damage insurance to your policy before the next downpour happens.

Delayed Insurance Claims & Misallocated Funds

When natural disasters are at play, sometimes it impacts so many individuals that it then creates a situation where many owners are waiting long periods of time for their restoration work to be funded. Keep in mind that even though your insurance company may be paying for the work – it may take longer than expected for the work to begin and for the project to be completed.

Another common and unfortunate scenario to be cautious of when insurance claims are covered is misallocated funds – the owner will receive the funds from the insurance company and secure the restoration project that may have water damage, etc. Although the initial invoices for the DFW general contractor for the project get paid, the following don’t – why? The owner instead used the funds for personal purchases and the project is incomplete.

When Flood Damage Isn’t Covered By Insurance

Your commercial property insurance plan may not include flood insurance; in fact, most policies don’t. If your multifamily property, warehouse, or other commercial property experienced flash flood damage during our record-setting rainfall this August, you may be out of luck as it would be considered an “act of god.” The good news is, that you can purchase a separate flood policy, which might seem like an extra expense, but in the face of flood damage, it may save you money down the road. The SBA or FEMA would possibly be an avenue for getting repayment for flood-related damages, but those payouts can come slowly and with many hoops to jump through before you ever see that payout.

In response to the flood damage coverage in Dallas fort worth, many flash flood residents and businesses continue to battle insurance agencies. Though the battle is hard, it may not be the end-all when it comes to getting covered for the DFW water damage. When the work isn’t covered, FEMA may be able to help support your recovery from the flood. Contact Classic Construction and Restoration for free damage estimates.

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HOA Maintenance Plan Series: Predictive Planning

Predictive HOA Maintenance Planning

HOA-Maintenance-Plan-Series-Predictive-PlanningWhen it comes to HOA maintenance planning and predictive planning, there are many different aspects to be on the lookout for. Being able to spot things such as cracks in walls, or water stains on ceilings are just a few examples of “smaller” issues that can be a sign of a significant problem that something is wrong. Read on to learn all the different signs to look out for not only internally, but externally as well to keep your property in top shape for your residents.

Building Interior Monitoring

To ensure a successful predictive plan for your HOA maintenance, you must build an interior monitoring system to make sure any potential problems will never become a problem. To forecast and anticipate possible concerns in the interior of your home, you need to have consistent maintenance checks on floors, walls, ceilings, and any other building interior aspects of your home.

Exterior Monitoring

Areas to monitor on the exterior of your buildings include residence and clubhouse/office roofs, siding, brick, stucco, or other exterior wall material, windows, foundation, and doors. You may also have external plumbing elements such as pipes and electrical components like fuse boxes. Because harsh weather, hail, freezing temperatures, and the hot Texas sun can degrade materials, it makes sense to frequently walk the exterior of your buildings for cracks, fading, or chipped pieces. It’s normal for exterior elements to wear out quickly, and planning for it can help prevent damage to the interior of your buildings. Water, rodents, insects, and grime are able to make their way inside your property when external damage happens.

Grounds Monitoring

Retaining walls, signage, pools, and other community amenities are all prone to cracks and other issues that can start with a small problem that can become significant and costly problems.

Because these amenities are often overlooked and ignored, they should also be first on the list of a predictive maintenance plan as we’ve found that they’ve also been some of the largest to hit HOA budgets when not given proper forward-thinking attention.

Being proactive allows any potential problems to be observed and immediately repaired – preventing costly repairs, replacements, and dissatisfied resident displacements. Now that you know what to look out for when it comes to predictive planning, keep checking back soon for more on this HOA maintenance plan series.

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Fact or Fiction: DIY Myths and Misconceptions

DIY Myths and Misconceptions About Construction

We all watch HGTV and see people knocking down walls and building their dreams! For those who want to renovate their homes or commercial properties or start flipping houses, but don’t have a ton of start-up cash to hire professionals, DIY might seem like a dream option. What you don’t see is what happens behind the scenes on these shows and the professional crew that supplements TV DIYers. Read on as we dispel some DIY myths and misconceptions.

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Two of the most common myths and misconceptions about DIY projects is that they will be cheaper and faster. Which is far from the truth. In fact, more times than not it can take the average person twice as long to complete the task at hand instead of hiring a professional contractor team. Not only are contractors trained for this, but they work together to get the job done with quality and efficiency.

Buying your own materials online to “save time” puts you at a few risks that aren’t worth it. When you buy online you are taking on all the risks to verify everything including every little detail yourself. And unless you do hours and hours of research, the average person might make quite a few mistakes. Thus taking even more time to wait for the right item to come, and try to install it yourself. Contractors know exactly what to look for and take the time to make sure your order is correct and that everything will get to them in a timely manner.

HGTV Makes It Look Easy

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“If you say shiplap on more time…”

After you watch an HGTV remodeling show, you might think “this is something I can do”. What those HGTV shows don’t show you is all the hard work that actually goes into a project such as remodeling, and the endless hours an entire professional crew takes to put into that project. They don’t show the “boring” parts or all the hard labor, only the fun and “easy” side of construction. However, if you want to ensure your project is safely done please always hire a general contractor. Not only can they safely get it done, but can ensure the work will always be top quality.

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One of the most common misconceptions about DIY is that you can just simply, do it yourself, and not worry about obtaining a permit for the work. This couldn’t be further from the truth! There are a lot of drawbacks to not going through the proper channels when doing any kind of work on your house. Everything from owing back taxes to having issues selling your house as it hasn’t been properly assessed. The best thing to do is hire a professional who can get through all the red tape for you so you don’t have to.

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If you’ve watched any show on HGTV you’ve likely seen a “Demo Day” segment and gotten inspired to take your sledgehammer to that annoying wall that blocks the view of your living room from the kitchen. WAIT! Please don’t do that! There are many hidden items inside your walls that you may not be ready to take on. Anything from pipes to critters, to mold, or other hazards can be lurking in your walls. Additionally, all of that demo leads to a mountain of debris that needs to be properly disposed of. On top of all of that, there are laws and regulations surrounding the demolition of your property that you must adhere to.

Do us a favor and contact us before you take a hammer to your walls. In the event, you have already done it and find yourself with a leaking pipe, or worse, we’re available 24/7 for emergency services.

If you’re considering a DIY approach to major renovations or restoration to your commercial property or home, you might want to reconsider and hire a professional team to save you time, money, and headache. You never know what you’ll find lurking in old walls, so for everyone’s sake, call Classic Construction for a free estimate!

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Commercial Code Inspection: Preventing Bad Building Investments

Commercial-Code-Inspection-Preventing-Bad-Building-InvestmentsPrevent Bad Building Investments by Getting a Commercial Code Inspection

Investing in a commercial property can be exciting in planning for future business. When you find yourself looking into the logistics of what it takes to maintain a new commercial property, permits should be at the top of your list. Unpermitted work can be a daunting flaw in your investment. Thus, causing a huge setback in many of your business plans. Keep reading to learn why you should always get a commercial code inspection done on any property before you purchase.

Lack of Commercial Building Permits Puts You at Risk

Many construction companies operate with a “whatever it takes to get the sale” mindset. Some might even offer to do the work without pulling permits to cut down costs and speed up the construction process. On its face, this might seem like a prudent move, but skipping permits is often a costly mistake.

  • You might find if the general contractor is willing to skimp on permitting, they’re skimping elsewhere. Unlicensed contractors, uninsured contractors, and untrained contractors. These are huge risks to safety for the workers, your employees, and your customers.
  • Previous owners skipped on permitting and your building is out of code. This might result in your business being shut down by the city or county, having insurance claims denied when you try to file, or not being able to sell the building at a later date.
  • You (or the previous owner) want to save on property taxes and don’t pull permits, which might trigger a new assessment. Later, when the property is assessed, your taxes are increased and possibly back taxes will be owed.

What to Ask For When Investing in A Commercial Building

Adding more risk when investing in a commercial building isn’t at the top of any investor’s list. Thus, ensuring that you find a trusted partner to help you navigate and obtain a professional code inspection for the commercial building is a must.

Professionals from our team at Classic Construction are not only well-versed in code compliance for new buildings and reconstruction, but are experts in helping navigate new commercial building investments. This ensures that the property is fully protected from surprises along the way with a professional code inspection.

What to Do If You Find Something Out of Compliance

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of finding something within the building that is out of compliance, the first thing you should do is NOT purchase anything until the situation is resolved and the issue is corrected. The seller should be responsible for bringing the building up to code before ownership is transferred to you. If they are not willing to do so, you might want to walk away from that property. If you choose to purchase it without inspection, you are now the person liable for anything out of compliance.

Reaching out to the building department is another great way to also inform you if there are any open permits on the property. It’s good to note that an outstanding permit that was never properly inspected is just as risky as untrained contractors.

Reach out to us today if you are looking into purchasing a commercial building but aren’t sure if it’s up to commercial code inspection and compliance. Not only is Classic a reputable company, but you can always count on us to get the job done right. On-Time. On Budget. That’s Classic.

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Is Multifamily Building Maintenance Causing a Loss of Business?

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As we see more people building a family, multifamily housing marketing is becoming more common in the housing industry. With new builds bringing competition and old buildings maintaining structure, how are these conflicting markets affecting business? The things to consider when looking into multifamily housing range from the cost of living to upkeep and maintenance of the building and the appliances that you’ll be using during the duration of your time there. In this blog, we will be discussing how Multifamily building maintenance may be causing a loss of business.

Flooring

When it comes to multifamily living, flooring is a huge aspect when considering which apartment is the right choice for you and your family. No one wants to rent an apartment with old and torn-up carpet that hasn’t been replaced in years, so keeping up-to-date on the carpet and making sure it’s replaced after each tenant is essential when it comes to building maintenance. If you have tile or hardwood flooring within the units, making sure they aren’t cracked and outdated will help potential renters to choose your location. Keeping the inside of an apartment current and on-trend is one of the many reasons future renters will gravitate toward your complex.

Fixtures

Depending on how long it’s been since your latest fixture maintenance walkthrough, it’s quite possible that the fixtures may be outdated (or even at times non-existent). Cabinets with no drawer pulls or handles may not be as desirable as brand the new bronze-finish style that’s been popular in new builds. Units that have been rented for a long period of time without renovations may also have residents eyeing newer builds with modern stoves, microwaves, and washer/dryer combos.

As we’ve seen rents rise across the DFW metroplex, we have seen a high churn of residents who may jump from their current residence to a newer one that will charge the same monthly rate that has the latest and greatest appliances and fixtures.

Furnishings & Appliances

It’s a widely known fact that when a family comes together it’s usually in the kitchen! So when your current and future residents gather together you want to give them a space that’s sure to impress. Updating your appliances, cabinets, and more to a more modern feel can help the inner event planner choose your community over a competitor.

Another aspect that makes multi-family living really stand out is giving your residents a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Having a bathroom with a comfortable tub and a vanity large enough to share are key components that you’ll want to think about when updating or building your community. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that your residents have a true place where they can relax and call home.

During this tumultuous time for residents and the competition for space, keeping units in a multifamily building is more important than ever. We have heard and seen multifamily residences lose residents in droves just for the lack of maintenance – which as most property managers know is one of the least desirable outcomes for a property.

Reach out to us today for a quote to recommend the best maintenance plan for your multifamily residence to keep your residents happy and attract new residents no matter the season.

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Annual Inspection Checklist for Multifamily Properties

Helpful Checklist for Annual Inspection of Multifamily Properties

Annual-inspection-checklist-for-maintaining-multifamily-properties Summer is right around the corner. This means families, especially those with kids, will be out and about ready to enjoy the summer sun while making memories to last a lifetime for multifamily properties. With this new excitement of outdoor play comes dangerous hazards! This can be anything from nuisances (Not sure what that is? We have a blog for that!) or cracked sidewalks that can cause trips and falls (You guessed it we have a blog on that too!). The best thing you can do as a multifamily owner or an HOA president is to get these hazards taken care of before the summer season and stay on top of these potential issues. Being proactive and taking care of potential issues as they arise is always recommended, however, doing an annual inspection is also a great way to find any issues or hazards you might have missed. As always, you can reach out to us if you need help with any maintenance that might come up. Below, we have provided a helpful checklist for annual inspection for multifamily properties below to get you off on the right foot to ensure your property is safe for summer play this year and many more to follow!

Amenities

Pool

Pool deck free of cracks and chips

Pool coping free of cracks and chips

Cracks or leaks inlining

Gate and safety locks in working order

Playground

Equipment is safe

Padding is checked

Fencing and safety locks are secure

Fitness Centers

Check door locks

Wall mirrors are securely attached

Weight and equipment mounts are secure

Courts – Tennis or Basketball

Gates and safety locks

Surface cracks

Fix faded or chipped paint

All lighting is in working order

Dog Park

Check and repair fencing

Gates and locks are working

Water stations or water pads in working order

Grounds

Sidewalks

Cracks within the concrete are filled

Curb ramps are checked

Surfacing and leveling issues are corrected

Landscape nearby is maintained

Parking Lots

Paint is visible/pavement striping

Proper signage is used

Safety gates and locks are working

Retaining Walls

Any stucco issues are repaired

Check for leaks

Check for mold on walls

Inspect for cavities or warps

Fencing

All fencing is stable

All holes or entrances are repaired

Buildings

Interior

Separated window seals

Check for mold around windows

Replace malfunctioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Ensure HVAC systems are in working condition

Exterior

Clean and/or repair gutters

Check for broken or damaged shingles

Replace non-working lightbulbs or fixtures

Recreational Buildings/Clubhouse

Check for outdoor grill stabilization

Deep clean grills or cooking spaces

Check for loose hardware on fitness equipment

Dispose of any broken/damaged fitness equipment

 

We all know that the weather getting warmer can bring on amazing projects to keep your multifamily properties in shape and ready for a beautiful summer. At Classic Construction & Restoration, our full supporting staff is ready to shape up your commercial or residential property so that summer happens for you and not to you. Call us today for a free estimate on any of your property projects.

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Top 6 Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks to Maintain you Home and its Value

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Getting your home into top shape, especially if you know you want to list your home for sale soon. But if you’re like most people, cleaning isn’t something you want to spend lots of extra time on, so you want the most effective cleaning for the time you invest. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help get your home in top shape and keep it that way while buyers are forming those crucial first impressions.

1. Start With a Checklist, But Be Able to Add as You Go

Don’t underestimate the mood boost you get when you check off a task! Use a to-do list app or an old-fashioned pen-and-paper to make a checklist. If you finish something, enthusiastically cross it off and revel in the feeling, letting that mood propel you further. Keep in mind that you’ll probably discover other tasks: rather than feeling like there’s “too much to do,” just know that you’ll eventually get to everything on the list.

2. Work Your Way Down to Avoid Redoing Cleaning

One tip that many everyday tidiers don’t think about is that you should clean from the top-down since gravity moves dust and dirt downward. Start with the top of cabinets in your kitchen, for example, and then the cabinets, countertops, and lower cabinets, since, by the end, you will have only been moving dust and dirt downward. While it doesn’t save wild amounts of time, it’s very disappointing to clean a floor and then go up to get the ceiling fan clean only to realize you’ve dirtied the floor again.

3. Look Through a Stranger’s Eyes

Many of us get used to certain things, from a cluttery kids’ room to the constant smudges on a glass door from the dog’s nose pressed against it. One way to identify what to work on next is to imagine how a friend, family member, or stranger might look at this room – if they didn’t live here, what would seem orderly and neat generally, and which things really could be redone? It may be sobering to realize that “good enough for our every day” is different from “ready for homebuyers to visit,” but better to do it while you’re in spring-cleaning mode!

4. Tackle a Whole Room in a Sitting, If Possible

Often, the boost of seeing a whole room get finished will be much better than doing small tasks in each room of your home. If you can carve out time to knock out a whole room, you may find that it motivates you to move to the next room when you have time again.

5. Airing Out and Reducing Moisture Save Time In the Future

Remember that areas that collect moisture develop smells, mold, and mildew, so even just the act of keeping airflow good and avoiding trapped moisture can save you a lot of cleaning. If you get a nice spring day with low humidity, try opening all the windows for a few hours while you’re cleaning – it’s good for any cleaning products with fumes too.

6. Invest in a Tool That Really Levels You Up

If you’ve been struggling with a low-suction vacuum or streaky wash rags for a while, invest in a nicer vacuum or some microfiber cloths that really make the work a pleasure and go faster. Yes, tools cost money, but if you are working to make your home really sparkle for sale, you may make up the small costs of new cleaning products by having a stronger sale.

In Conclusion

If you’re thinking of selling, or possibly updating your home or commercial property, you want to make sure you’re keeping it in tip-top shape! If you deep clean and find mold or other water damage, Classic Construction can help with remediation. Keeping a tidy space can also help you spot damage before it becomes structurally damaging. Call us today for a free estimate for damage repair!

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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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Safely Heating Your Property in the Winter

Tips on Safely Heating Your Property in the Winter

North Texas was never going to stay warm forever and now that we have cold fronts coming in. It’s about time to talk about how important it is to safely heat your residential or commercial property. Creating a safe environment to feel comfortable and warm during the winter months can be stressful after experiencing the 2021 winter storm but Classic Construction offers some tips on safely heating your property in the winter. From space and area heaters to the nitty gritty heating blankets, we’ve got you covered for the keeping each of your properties warm and safe this winter.

Space Heaters

Space heaters great for warming your space but are they bad for your place?

The short answer is YES!

Space heaters can pose several risks to your home or business when used incorrectly. The first and most important thing to note about using a space heater is ensuring that you never, and we mean never, leave it unattended or sleep with it on. They can cause an electrical fire that can ignite a home or business and quickly spread throughout your space. Additionally make sure that your space heater is plugged into a grounded outlet, which is one that has three prongs and your smoke detector is functioning properly. Lastly do not ever place anything on top of your space heater like clothing or blankets as these may have residue that can also quickly ignite. With proper use and care you can have your home or business toasty warm in no time with the use of a space heater.

Candles

Candles can be very relaxing and cozy when the weather starts to get cooler outside. However, any time you use an open flame or heat source for an extended amount of time, you put yourself and your property at risk. Thankfully, Classic is here to provide tips to help ease your mind when deciding to use candles this season.

  • The maximum burn time for most candles is four hours and should then be blown out to avoid potential hazards.
  • Electric and flameless candles as well as nightlights provide the same ambiance as candles, without the hazards that come along with candles making them a great alternative.
  • Remember to keep candles away from drafts, high traffic areas, as well as children and pets.
  • Always use a well-ventilated room, and always keep candles at least 3 inches apart.

Heating Blankets

There’s nothing quite like a warm blanket in a cool space – but don’t forget that this winter favorite also comes with its own set of hazards and safety concerns. If your heating blanket is 10 years or older, you may want to consider upgrading ASAP as almost 100% of electric blanket fires are caused by electric blankets older than 10 years.

New electric heating blankets feature safety controls that reduce risk of fire and burns and also feature temperature controls to keep the blanket from getting too hot. If you want an extra step of control and peace of mind, consider adding a smart outlet to your heating blanket to make sure that you can turn it off remotely if you accidentally leave it on when you leave your space.

Fireplace

We previously wrote tips on fireplace safety, including proper inspections, prepping and cleaning your fireplace, and how to choose the right wood. Our tips covered both gas and wood-burning fireplaces

Conclusion

If you have a commercial property, multi-family property, or residential home in North Texas, you know that when it’s hot, it’s really hot and when it’s cold, it’s ICE COLD! We’ve written some tips on heating your property safely to prevent fire damage including space heaters, heated blankets, and candles. If you experience a fire in your property or home, call Classic Construction right away for remediation! We work quickly, correctly, and with your insurance to restore your building to pre-fire conditions. On time. On budget. That’s Classic!

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

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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!