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What to do About Cabinet Water Damage

Man looking at water damage in cabinetsOh no! The worst has happened – your kitchen cabinets are full of water. Not only is the contents of each cabinet wet, but your cabinets themselves aren’t looking good. Water damage is a serious threat to your cabinets, especially wooden ones. However, there is sometimes nothing we can do to predict a leak.

If you find yourself in the position of contemplating what to do about water-damaged kitchen cabinets, read on.

Step 1: Empty your kitchen cabinets

Be sure to empty the contents of all affected cabinets, and surrounding ones too. You never know if the leak might spread to other cabinets. Keep food that was stored in glass or plastic containers, because they should remain unaffected by the water. You should throw away any food in cardboard boxes or paper bags, as the water will have penetrated these.

Step 2: Dry your kitchen cabinets

Once your cabinets are empty of food and any other contents, be sure to get them as dry as possible with thick cotton towels, followed by paper towels. After this, your cabinets should feel dry to the touch, although you might still see evidence of water damage if they are made of MDF or other types of wood.

It is important to dry your cabinets as soon as possible to reduce the chance that they will need replacing. Wet cabinets can become a breeding ground for mold to grow and spread throughout the kitchen, which is unhygienic to say the least!

Furthermore, leaving your wooden cabinets wet will only increase the chance that irreversible water damage will cause the material to crumble. In this instance, you will need to prepare to replace your kitchen cabinets.

Step 3: Remove cabinet doors

This might feel like a waste of time if you have already dried your cabinets, but removing the doors will allow for more air flow and reduce the chance of mold growth.

Removing the doors from their hinges will also reduce the weight being taken by the shelving and flat surfaces, meaning they are less likely to crumble under the water damage.

Step 4: Fully dry with dehumidifier

Once your cabinets are free of water and their doors are off, you can get some high-volume fans and a dehumidifier to target the rest of the moisture. Your cabinets might take around 24 hours to dry under the influence of a few fans and one dehumidifier.

Step 5: Assess the damage

When your kitchen cabinets are fully dry, you will have a few options. If they are made of particle board, the chances are that the water damage has caused them to crumble and you will need to replace them with new units.

If your cabinets are warped with visible water damage, but are still sturdy, you can try screwing in some boards to act as braces to help straighten them out.

If your cabinets are ready to be used again but are still sporting water stains, you can try sanding down the finish before removing the stains with a combination of oxalic acid and water. You will need to brush a couple of coats onto the stains before neutralizing the acid with a solution of baking soda and water.

Written by Jack Vale

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Fence Building Permits and Regulations

Wood fence regulations and permitsFences are a great way to add value to your property, but building fences can also be challenging. You need to consider the location of your property’s fence and whether you will need to obtain a permit before starting construction. Read on for some helpful tips about fencing regulations.

Permits Vary By Locality

You can build a fence on your property, but some rules exist. The first thing you need to do is check your zoning regulations to make sure that it’s okay for you to build a fence on your property. You’ll also want to keep in mind where the property lines are located so that you don’t end up building over someone else’s land and creating a dispute with them later on.
In addition, your private community might have its set of laws and regulations that determine materials, colors, and even the height of your fence. You might need to apply for a city and a community permit before you start your fence project.

Height and Opacity Requirements Vary

Fences under 6 feet tall usually don’t require a permit. However, depending on the fence location, these regulations might change. Most codes have a maximum height of 4 feet for front yard fences and 6 feet in the backyard. Side yards might have separate rules, but the maximum size is usually 6 feet.

In addition, you have to worry about visibility. Corner lots, in particular, might be restricted to 3 feet or less because they might interfere with visibility from the street to the other roads.

You May Need Neighbor Permission

If you’re sharing a fence with a neighbor, you may need their written consent to build the fence. Most areas don’t require written permission, but others do, so it’s best to get one just in case. Whether or not you share the fence’s cost with the neighbor depends on your agreement and doesn’t have specific regulations to follow.

Fence Distance is Regulated

How close you build your fence to the property line is tricky. If you share property lines with a public entity, you may not be able to build directly on the line. Ideally, you’ll have to get a land survey from the city that determines the property line and where you can build a fence.

New wooden fence along the road in residential areaThings to Consider Before Installing a Fence

Before building your fence, you’ll need to check whether your municipality requires a permit. You’ll need to know where you want your fence built and what allowances for access will be required. You’ll also consider how much area surrounding the site will need to be cleared. It’s best to err on the cautious side and talk to your city regulators to ensure you get all the building permits required for a fence. You can also hire a fence installation contractor to take care of the paperwork and building permits.

Written by Geraldine Orentas

Door Handles Vs Door Knobs

Door Knobs vs. Handles: Which Is Best?

Door Handles Vs Door KnobsIf you’re searching for a new home improvement project, you might consider adding some new door handles or knobs. Believe it or not, this quick home improvement project can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your house. While both have their merits, they have different features that make them more suitable for specific situations.

Handles Are Better for Older People

Door handles are easier to use than knobs, particularly for older people and those with disabilities. Because they’re easier to grasp and turn, handles can be helpful for people with disabilities and older people who may have difficulty with their hands.

Knobs Are Better for Children

Door handles are easier to grasp for children, giving them easier access to opening doors. Instead, door knobs require more grasp and strength to turn, which provides parents with a sense of security. Nonetheless, you might still want to consider installing child-proof locks to ensure your little one doesn’t open the front door.

Handles Have More Styles to Choose From

Handles are available in a wide variety of materials. They can be round, square, or rectangular and smooth or textured. You’ll find metal, wood, plastic, or glass handles. With more options, you have more chances of finding one that matches your home’s aesthetic.

Knobs Provide Additional Security

Door knobs provide better security; this is why they’re used in exterior doors. The only way to break through a knob is to drill or damage the cylinder with a hammer or a wrench, alerting by-passers.

Handles Can Be Easier to Install

Handles can be installed in less time than knobs because they require fewer holes and screws. Plus, since they have fewer parts and mechanisms than knobs do – no knob holes necessary. Most handles can be installed with limited power tools and don’t require a professional.

In Conclusion

Door hardware decisions are more than about the looks of your house. Knobs and handles come in different styles, shapes, and finishes. Both door knobs and handles execute the same function, but their differences can help you figure out which one is best for your house. Still, there’s nothing wrong with mixing and matching them. Some homes have knobs on all exterior doors and leave handles for interior doors, giving you the best of both worlds.

Written by Geraldine Orentas

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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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Preparing Your Dallas HOA For Inflation

HOA Inflation Is Here

Preparing-Your-Dallas-HOA-For-InflationThere’s no denying it, inflation is here. Economists have been talking about it for a while now and the fact is it’s something we’re all going to have to learn how to work with. So what does that mean for your HOA? Well, it can mean a number of things from how it impacts your HOA, figuring out what your HOA can do, to compound benefits of inflation. Additionally, it can affect your budgeting as the cost of products and services are at an all-time high. To put that into perspective, they are the highest they have been in 40 years and show no signs of slowing down either. Read on to learn more about your HOA and inflation.

How Inflation Impacts Your HOA

Typically, unit owners within an HOA are likely pleased with the increase in the value of their homes. However, a high level of inflation is likely to have a potentially negative effect on the long-term financial health of the HOA.

At a professional level, expenses are going up for most HOAs. Landscaping costs are increasing as fuel prices rise and labor markets tighten. Property management, maintenance, and repair costs are also adjusting to reflect rising material prices and labor shortages. Along with utility bills getting more expensive due to the tracking of higher energy prices.

The board may find that their HOA is under-funded for a project budgeted many years ago. They only had around $1.2 million in reserves for the project and now face a $4 million shortage. This means current unit owners are taking the brunt of poor planning and higher costs.

What Can Your HOA Do?

Your HOA board should be planning ahead for large capital projects as costs begin to increase. With the addition of labor and energy cost increases, the issues with the supply chain continue to impact raw materials.

If your HOA board does not revisit outdated reserve studies, it is crucial to do so in light of current inflation rates. HOA Loans could be a very strategic approach for other tools to consider.

In light of the current inflation rates, HOA boards would be wise to revisit outdated reserve studies (if they don’t already do so periodically). A more strategic approach is for the board to consider other tools such as HOA loans.

For example, assume that an association anticipates a large capital project that will begin in a few years. Let’s say the cost of the project in today’s dollars is $10 million. If construction-related expenses increase annually by 10%, the same project will cost over $16 million in five years.

In this instance, an HOA loan makes perfect sense. Assuming that the HOA finances are healthy, the board can enter into a loan with a relatively low-interest rate. They can use the proceeds to complete the project today rather than wait five years.

Compound Benefits

If this project is completed promptly, the board can avoid future cost uncertainty. Loan-related interest payments for this project will then be considerably less than $6 million. The association would also eliminate the risks associated with future funding. If this HOA were to need a loan in five years, the interest rate environment would also be considerably less attractive.

Potential buyers would also be likely to discount the pricing uncertainty when a future project is necessary but left undone. Potential buyers are fearful of cost and financing uncertainty, not to mention general disrepair. Typically, home values are more likely to increase after a project has ended and when buyers can see community improvements.

Although inflation is rampant and prices are rising, the cost of debt has remained very low. Today’s Goldilocks scenario has created the perfect opportunity for HOA boards to think strategically about using debt to tackle large impeding capital projects. Perfect opportunities like this are not likely to remain available for too long. If your community is facing an imminent large capital project, let us help you strategize and model your loan options.

With inflation, HOA costs are rising as well, as we’ve discussed, due to labor and supply costs rising. But not all is bad news as financing is becoming cheaper! In many cases, the costs end up being a wash as we have a “Goldilocks” scenario. Classic Construction has a fantastic finance partner and we also have the ability to work on different maintenance plans for your HOA. Call us to schedule a meeting to talk about your HOA maintenance plan today!

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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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HOA Maintenance Plan Series: Preventative Protection

Preventative HOA Maintenance Plan

HOA-Maintenance-Plan-Series-Preventative-ProtectionOne of the biggest hurdles that any HOA company faces is maintenance. In most cases, it’s more reactive or just general upkeep of the property. However preventative maintenance can help keep your property in top shape while keeping your budget low. The more you can plan, the better it will be in the long run. Not only for you but also for your residents as it can help you spot small issues before they become big, costly, problems. Read on to learn more about why incorporating an HOA Maintenance plan should be on your to-do list.

Predictable Budget Planning

Planning and budgeting for predictable situations as an HOA are crucial when trying to stay on top of potential issues as they arise. Having an integrated plan for budgeting is key for proactively addressing your property’s maintenance needs. Keeping track and making a list of all maintenance-related information as well as the cost, is a good idea to see what might need your attention next. That way you can estimate and budget for any and all of those future maintenance needs. A reactive approach can ultimately save you money in the long run, which is good for those last-minute situations.

Avoiding and Reducing Costs

Having a well and properly-maintained property should have components that last more than a decade and many property owners and HOAs are content with that longevity. However, imagine having a property that has a preventative maintenance plan that allows components that can last nearly two decades – the cost savings are significant and the residents will be more than content with the state of their surroundings.

Being proactive with repairs and identifying possible issues with components can be three to nine times less expensive than being reactive. This approach prevents a significant headache while preventing major work down the line.

Crisis situations occur all too frequently within associations because of the neglect to take preventative protection when it comes to maintenance. Ensure that you are proactive, rather than reactive can make a much better effect on addressing future property maintenance. If you are interested in learning more about different HOA maintenance plans for your associations, check back here soon for more to come.

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Who is Responsible After an Apartment Fire in Texas?

Who-is-Responsible-After-an-Apartment-Fire-in-TexasLearn Who is Responsible After An Apartment Fire

The now-famous 4th of July fire at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort worth reminds us how important it is to keep a close eye on fire safety this summer.  If you are an apartment resident, you might be wondering who is responsible for the damages in the unfortunate event of an apartment fire. The huge number of grass fires sparked by our drought conditions might have you fearful that a neighbor’s misplaced cigarette butt or grill embers might spark a flame that takes out your entire building! If an apartment fire happens in your apartment community, here are things you should know about who is responsible for covering what.

What is the landlord responsible for?

When a fire occurs your first thought might be well my landlord is responsible no matter the cause of the fire, but this isn’t exactly the case. Additionally, the landlord’s insurance is only going to cover the building and surrounding premises but not the contents inside the apartment. However in some cases, the landlord may be responsible for all damages, including to your personal property, and those are outlined below. 
Situations where the landlord is responsible due to negligence:
  • The landlord failed to meet applicable fire code standards.
  • The landlord had failed to provide or maintain smoke detectors (which are required by law) caused a delay in the discovery of the fire
  • The landlord stored hazardous material in or around the building that caused or accelerated the fire.
  • The landlord blocked or allowed a blockage of passageways or emergency exits.
Should you find yourself in one of the above-noted situations then your landlord may be responsible for all the damages caused by a fire in your apartment building. The next step is to contact your renter’s insurance company to have a thorough investigation completed to determine the cause of the fire and find out if the landlord is responsible due to negligence. If the investigation determines that the landlord is responsible then their insurance would cover the cost of the damages due to a fire. 

What is the resident responsible for?

As a resident, you might be wondering what you will be responsible for in the unfortunate event of an apartment fire. Although the answer depends based on what was damaged and how the fire started will be a determining factor. Also, making sure you have the right coverage within your insurance plan will be a big factor in this as well. If for example the fire is ruled as your fault due to smoking inside or leaving a hair straightener on, you will be the one held liable.
If it was due to a faulty outlet or worn down apartment appliance, the renter usually isn’t at fault in those instances and the landlord would be the one responsible. If you still aren’t sure who might be held liable in your situation, the best bet will be to contact your insurance provider and discuss the details of your coverage with them. 

Maintain Renter’s Insurance

The best safety net for any resident is to ensure that you maintain your renter’s insurance after you purchase it – if you don’t purchase an annual plan, make sure that your monthly plan is up to date and never lapses.
When you have renter’s insurance and an apartment fire causes you to be displaced and/or damages and destroys your belongings, renter’s insurance is what gives you the ability to provide the ability to stay elsewhere and reimburse you and your family for the lost belongings. Living in Texas and the high risk of fires this summer is a great reminder to make sure that your policy has a loss-of-use provision for fire damage.
Ultimately, determining liability for an apartment fire requires each party to understand the cause that initially started the fire. In Texas, it is therefore of most importance to uphold legal options for these unexpected cases of accidents and obtain renters’ insurance for all parties signing the lease.
If your apartment complex experiences fire damage and/or needs emergency services for fire restoration, call Classic Construction for a quick assessment of the building and to begin working on the property and restore it to its original condition safely and quickly just as we have with Richardson Crossing in Richardson, Texas. 
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Structures to Keep an Eye on for Heat Damage

structures-to-keep-an-eye-on-for-heat-damageStructures to Keep an Eye on This Summer for Heat Damage

Texas summer heat has its own schedule, as we all know, yet the New Yorkers and Californians relocating here are just starting to figure it out. With the spike in heat and no drop within the grasp of the coming weeks, heat damage is at the brink of every home not being carefully watched. When living in Texas, there are many structures where the heat may affect your property. In this article, we will discuss a few tips and structures to keep an eye on during these extreme heat temperatures.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are structures that hold or retain soil behind it. They range in size from small terraces to hold a yard to large walls to hold up a steeper slope. Retaining walls are made of many materials, including concrete blocks or slabs, wood, rocks, and boulders. Because Texas has such volatile weather including droughts, severe cold snaps, and sudden microbursts, our soil is prone to cracking and moving. We all know what happens to your home foundation when extreme heat strikes, and because retaining walls are similar materials, they can crack, crumble, and fail. This is dangerous as rocks and dirt can hurt people and damage your property. A large rockslide can be devastating.

Sidewalks

During a hot Texas summer, sidewalks have the potential to crack in extreme heat. Whether it’s your walkway or home or building’s foundation, concrete can be a concern when high temperatures arise. Heat causes the soil to contract, which in turn can cause damage and crack to surfaces like concrete. During extended heat waves, cracks can form and spread if left unattended. That’s why regularly checking for signs of damage is crucial when preserving your concrete during the summer.

Monument Signs

Whether your monument sign is fully concrete or contains some metal or acrylic elements, all can fall prey to extreme heat in the summer. As with retaining walls and sidewalks, keeping an eye for cracks in the base and surrounding areas of the signage is key to preventing further damage as the summer progresses. Gaps in brick and rock can also begin to form, putting the structure at risk for more damage.

Acrylic pieces within monument signs are a bit different than structural damage. One key issue to look for includes trim caps in channel letters that will break down over time with exposure to heat. Warping and discoloration are also very common with acrylic signage and few preventative measures can be taken aside from purchasing replacement pieces ahead of time to swap when the heat damage is highly noticeable.

Texas heat can cause havoc in places that you least expect it! When it comes to walls, sidewalks, and signs the best defense is early detection. It’s best to have a professional assess and repair any damages caused by the high heat. Contact us today for a maintenance inspection or if you see any signs of damage on your property. Here at Classic, we offer free inspections of your commercial and residential properties to look out for the early signs of damage and fix them quickly.

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When a Power Outage Strikes: 4 Tips to Surviving the Summer Dallas Heat

4 Tips to Surviving the Summer Dallas Heat When a Power Outage Strikes

When-a-Power-Outage-Strikes-4-Tips-to-Surviving-the-Summer-Dallas-HeatWhen a power outage strikes, while scary in the winter, you can always pile on blankets and more clothes. In the summer months, however, you want to take steps to make sure you stay cool and don’t succumb to heat stroke. After checking your breaker box for tripped circuits and reporting the power outage to Oncor, follow these tips to make sure you, your family, and your pets keep cool.

Resources In Your Home

If your power goes out in the summer months, there are several things you can do to help keep cool and protect your food. First and foremost: DO NOT OPEN YOUR REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER! Even just to check. The more you open them, the more quickly the temps will drop and your food will spoil. Outside of that, to keep yourself cool you can do things like donning shorts and sandals or other loose and lightweight clothing, wetting a cloth and dabbing your arms, legs, and face with it, and drinking plenty of water. Another option would be to keep hand-held fans on hand, or in a pinch use, cardboard or paper folded accordion-style to keep air moving. Remember, heat rises, so if you have a multi-story building, stay on the lowest floor!

Resources In The Community

If you anticipate that your power may be out for longer than expected and need to evacuate your property, you may have some local resources available to make sure that you stay cool and safe. The Red Cross Metro East Chapter is a wonderful resource if you aren’t immediately able to find a temporary place to stay overnight.

If you anticipate the power to return within several hours and it’s during the day, you might consider reserving a space at a local co-working office for the remainder of the day. Check out this list of local co-working spaces to find an office/space near you to stay in until your power returns.

Monitoring Your Health

Staying hydrated sounds easy and necessary but when the heat starts to spike it can be easy to become dehydrated within your own home. monitoring your body’s temperature and symptoms can be the key to avoiding heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash. All of them vary in symptoms.
Some tips to keep in mind would be to always wear lightweight clothing and stay in the coolest, lowest levels of your home. Also try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals as these can lead to dehydration.

Checking In On Your Neighbors

Power outages can be a stressful situation during the summer and turn dangerous quickly. If you can, always check in on your neighbors and make sure they have the proper resources to try to beat the summer heat as well. If your neighbors are elderly, be extra mindful that they might need help when it comes to transportation as well, since they will need to get to a cool and safe place. Sharing resources and knowledge with neighbors when available is always recommended so everyone gets through this tough time together.

Now you know 4 great tips on beating the summer Dallas heat in the event of a power outage. Remember to stay calm in this situation and know that there are many great resources available if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate predicament. If you are able to follow these tips as best as possible, you will not only keep yourself safe, but your family, pets, and neighbors as well.