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5 Winter Housekeeping Tips

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The winter season can bring us joy along with some discontent. For most homeowners, heavy snowfall and icy conditions can cause severe damage to their properties. In order to prevent Mother Nature from putting you in a financial hole, make sure you take the necessary steps to protect your home. Check out these five winter home-keeping tips!

Outdoor Preparation – Frozen pipes are a major risk of damage to your home during the winter. It’s important that you cover them properly with heat tape or cushioned sleeves before the temperature drops to prevent any damage. Make sure you also include all of the faucet heads outside in your yard as well as any plants or bushes that you wish to keep intact throughout the winter season.

Roof Care – Snowfall can appear unexpectedly at any time, which is why you need to make sure your roof is prepared to withstand a potential storm. Call a professional to inspect your roof for any leaks or weak spots so that you’re guaranteed it can hold together during the season. Also, be sure to clean the leaves out your gutters to avoid any clogging, which can lead to some substantial damage.

Caulk It Up – Even though it’s hard to find, there’s a good chance that your doors and windows have holes or cracks in the seams. If left unattended, it can leak out hot air, which can cost you a lot of money. Avoid this problem by using caulk to fill up the cracks in these spaces, so the heat can stay in your home.

Remove Potential Hazards – Even if your roof checks out and is ready to go, there are other potential hazards that can cause damage to your home. Remove all overhanging tree branches that could pose a threat if weighted down with snow. It’s also highly advised that you out sand or ice in your driveway so that you can safely back your car out without any complications.

Heat Sources – Chimney Fires can be an excellent source of heat during the winter, but it can also pose a serious health and financial hazard. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected before using it to ensure that it will function properly. While you’re at it, run some tests on your furnace and home heating system as well to assure that they’re running efficiently.

With the change of seasons, it’s also a great time to make sure that all of your insurance needs are up-to-date. Give us a call at 1-800-Thanks Al to have an agent make sure that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insurance with us.

We hope that these tips find you well and keep you safe during the upcoming months!

Best Fourth of July Events in Texas

Hotdogs, Fireworks and Freedom!

Only one event comes to mind when bunching these all American essentials together – Independence Day! This summer highlight brings about parades, cookouts, and thrilling entertainment. It’s also a moment to cherish with your family as we honor and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Texans are no strangers to celebrating their independence and freedoms, so we decided to take you on a journey throughout Texas to discover the best Fourth of July events our great state has to offer!

 

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Fort Worth’s Fourth, Fort Worth, TX-This event is one of the biggest family friendly Fourth of July bashes in North Texas. Located on the Trinity River and Panther Pavilion, families can go tubing in the cool water while listening to live music on the shore. Your children will absolutely love the KidZone, which includes zip lines, water slides, pony rides and interactive exhibits. Also, be sure to stop by the Al Boenker Insurance booth for some free goodies and a chance to win a Yeti cooler, tumblers and other great merchandise!

 

Kaboom

Kaboom Town, Addison TX – If you’re a sucker for spectacular fireworks shows than this is the place for you! This fireworks show was named #2 in the country by yahoo.com and is ranked as one of the top fireworks displays in the country by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. That’s not the only thing this venue has to offer. Enjoy lots of family fun, including a fun family games, a full carnival, amazing concessions and an airshow featuring stunt pilots.

 

Houston

Independence Day Celebration, Houston, TX – This prominent Houston celebration kicks off with a grand parade that showcases patriotic floats and honors local heroes. The other festivities are held in Stevenson Park where over 50 booth entries, rides, games, food, and live entertainment for the entire family will take place. And for the grand finale, the celebration concludes with a colorful fireworks extravaganza!

 

Austin

July 4th Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks, Austin, TX – If you’re looking for a more relaxed and romantic evening, then check out this great outdoor event. Bring your picnic gear and spend the evening listening to the Austin Symphony play classic patriotic hits complete with a fireworks display over the Austin city skyline.

 

SanAntonio

Woodlawn Lake Celebration, San Antonio, TX – This event is a melting pot for different attractions and interactive events. You and your family can participate in the 1k and 5k marathons as well as the Children’s Red, White and Blue parade. They also host a carnival and military appreciation space where you can give thanks to our troops. Enjoy live music, great food and cap off your night with, you guessed it, a dazzling fireworks show!

 

Before we celebrate our freedom next week, now is the perfect time to make sure that you are covered.  Give us at call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto insurance policy is update to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible! Come join us next Monday, July 4th at Fort Worth’s Fourth Celebration from 2:00 – 10:00 at 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Find out more information here.