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Clairmont Advises on Frozen Pipe Prevention

Frigid temperatures; some not seen the Midwest for more than a decade, will descend upon us later today.  That part isn’t a secret.  What is not discussed is how to prepare against water pipes freezing. Thankfully it is easy, so easy and possibly self-evident, that I questioned whether I needed to write this blog at all.

Clairmont Ltd. Advises on Ice Dams – Strategies for Success This Winter

Finally the weather is acting like January.  Cold and snow and plenty of both.  In addition to health risks for some, the large amount of snow, wind and now an imminent thaw brings risks for buildings. The menace in this case is ice dams. These occur when it is warm enough for the snow to

Verifying Insurance Coverage for Contractors Working on your Home is Critical says Clairmont Ltd.

Generally during warmer months we all have various companies work on our homes.  From weekly mowing to window washing, roofing, siding, landscaping, etc. yet Insurance is a topic that candidly never gets discussed. We are more concerned with defining the work, finding a contractor, and getting them to start work. Insurance doesn’t take a backseat; it doesn’t take

Clairmont Ltd. Encourages Home Review During Early Spring Rains – Be sure to inspect your outside drainage

A simple walk around your property takes no time at all. In early spring when we typically receive plenty of rain, here are a few important things to assess: Gutters need another cleaning in the spring; not just in the fall. Take a walk around your home and observe how rain water drains away from

A timely blog post, given the weather

Last week 18” of snow. This week six inches of rain. Ugh! As the old sayings goes; if you don’t like the weather in Chicago wait a few minutes and it will change. In roughly seven days, we have had 24” of precipitation. To add insult to injury, all the snow melted in roughly 48

Clairmont Offers Tips for Ice Dams in Winter

Now that the Chicago area’s record of nine continuous days of snow is done for most of this week, a new challenge looms in the form of ice dams.  Most roofs have 6” to 18” of snow on them and gutters are likely full of snow and/or ice.  Because the gutters are hanging in mid-air,

Clairmont Ltd. Provides Advises Homeowners With Heavy Snowfall Predicted

The heavy snowfall predicted for the new few days can cause problems with your furnace and water heater.  Most homes nowadays have furnaces and water heaters that vent through the side of the house.  They vent through white PVC pipes that go through the exterior wall and exhaust the furnace and water heater fumes.  They

Clairmont Ltd. Offers Tips to Avoid Clothes Dryer Fires Common during Cold Weather Months

It’s COLD in the Chicago Area!  This has all of us reaching for extra sweaters, thicker pants, blankets and more to keep warm. These heavier items keep us warmer, but also create more lint in our dryers, which can lead to dryer fires. That’s why it’s so important to care about your dryer vent maintenance

Patrick Franz Named President of State Home Builders Association

Franz has been a HBAI member since 1994 and completed a four year process to become HBAI’s 2018 president. Patrick Franz was sworn in as president of the Home Builders Association of Illinois (HBAI) Friday night by two-term HBAI president, colleague, and close friend P. William Basic. Franz has been a HBAI member since 1994

Clairmont Welcomes Dawn McKenna

Clairmont Ltd. Welcomes Artisan Builder & Co. – Dawn McKenna, Certified Kitchen, Bath & Residential Designer Brings Wealth of Expertise to Burr Ridge General Contractor  Burr Ridge-based Clairmont, Ltd. recently acquired Artisan Builder and Co. of Joliet. Artisan’s owner and founder Dawn McKenna; a Certified Kitchen, Bath and Residential Designer has joined Clairmont. The announcement was