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Winter Checklist for Your Home

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As the weather continues to drop, it is important to prepare your home. We have created an easy to follow checklist below to help you check off all the items.

Clean the gutters

Keeping your gutters clean by consistently cleaning them out can help aid in preventing damage. If you are in an area that will experience ice or where icicles are common, make sure your gutters are kept clean so they do not weigh down your gutters and potentially damage them. 

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Weatherproof your doors

Weatherproofing your doors not only helps keep your electricity bill low, but it also aids in keeping your house warm. One service you should consider in preparation for the colder weather is weatherstripping. With weatherstripping, any openings such as doors and windows are sealed and help prevent cold air from entering and keep your warm air from exiting your home. If you are unsure if this is a service you need, contact our team, and we will help you decide if this is a service you could benefit from.  

Fireplace Inspection

Inspecting your fireplace is extremely important not only to ensure it is clean and working but ultimately for your health. A clogged fireplace can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Chimney Safety Institution of America, around 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related “injuries” are reported each year. Having an annual chimney inspection is one way to help prevent incidents. Make sure you prioritize you and your family’s health this year and book your chimney/fireplace inspection as soon as possible. 

Aluminum dryer vent hose Clean your dryer hose

Cleaning your dryer hose is something many families overlook, but it is necessary to make sure lint isn’t clogged in the hose. Lint is highly flammable, and with the heater being on, your house may become warmer and more apt for incidents. To prevent fires related to your dryer hose, make sure you are cleaning the lint filter after each load, emptying your dryer hose, and checking your vent and exhaust. The National Fire Protection Association also provides consumers tips that can help prevent fires. 

Get your roof inspected

If you have not had your roof inspected for the year, we highly recommend getting a professional out on your roof to check for any damage. Expert roofers can spot any damage that you might miss. If you choose to go with our GAF Elite Certified Roofers, we will make sure to check for any damaged shingles that could allow for leaks caused by storms. Our team at Classic Construction offers free quotes that could save you from future repairs that a damaged roof can cause. 

Test your heating system

Perhaps one of the most critical items on our list is testing your heating system. You want to check that your system is running efficiently before the temperature goes down. One service that you can choose to purchase is a heating system inspection. A technician will test your heating system, make sure it is working to its fullest potential, and ensure no carbon monoxide leaks. 

By taking care of these items sooner rather than later, you can fix the items and minimize the chances of waiting hours or days for these services during peak wintertime. Lastly, when you’ve completed your checklist, make sure you get out your cozy blanket and rest up. Know that our team has you covered, and you can contact us with any questions. 

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Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your North Texas Home for Summer

summer home maintenance, sun shining down on home roof Summer is here! As exciting as warmer weather is, it’s essential that we make sure our home is ready for the change. Below are some of Classic Construction’s top tips to help you prepare your home for Summer.

Inspect your roof

For your safety, you should perform this inspection from the ground to the best of your ability, possibly with binoculars. Check for dents, loose or torn off shingles, and obvious nails sticking out.

Change all your filters

This includes your water, range hood and air vent filters. Summer brings with it all the allergens, so this will help keep your family safe from these annoying particles.

Additionally, you should make sure to clean out your dryer vent. This is massively important to do because it can help you prevent a fire from destroying part or all of your home. Fire restoration services are expensive and time consuming but cleaning your dryer vent is free and takes about an hour.

Check all window and door seals

Summer is a dry season; checking your caulking will help you catch any areas for potential leaks before they cause damage to your home. Consider looking into weather-stripping.

Clean out your gutters

If you didn’t do this between autumn and winter, chances are your gutters are chock full of leaves and debris. When the spring showers hit, your gutters could overflow and cause damage to your home. They could also detach completely from your home from the weight filling them up.

Inspect your foundation

If you have a crawlspace, make sure to clear out and repair your foundation vents as these will prevent mold and critters from taking up residence beneath your home. Look for any visible cracks or shifting.

Inspect any brick or concrete surrounding your home

Moisture is the enemy of brick and concrete. If it seeps beneath your driveway, it can cause cracks and splitting. If water sneaks its way into the mortar between your brick walls, they could crumble and fall apart as well. Check for any signs of moisture seepage in these areas around your home and shop around for an estimate for repairs if you think it’s necessary.

Service your HVAC unit

Despite the costs, we all know our HVAC units are the real MVPs of our homes. They’ve kept us warm all winter and we’ll be expecting them to keep us cool during the summer. Therefore it’s essential to have them serviced by a licensed HVAC professional. You don’t want to wait until the heat of summer to find out you have an AC problem.

Inspect your wood siding, decking, and railing

Winter is harsh on wood. Look for any signs of wood damage or deterioration. If any of your wood is rotted, it needs to be replaced. Also be on the lookout for any signs of termites or other critters. It’s better to have these removed or exterminated before acquiring further damage.

Prepare your pool

If you have a pool, you’re probably already looking forward to using it again. I’m sure you know about the usual cleaning, brushing, chlorinating and debris removal; these are what you usually handle yourself. Make sure you also clean the filter, check the conditioner levels, test your pool equipment, run the pump during the warmest part of the day, and clean your salt cell (if you have a saltwater pool).