What to Do If a Tree Falls on Your Roof

August 1st, 2017 3:35 pm

Storms can bring strong winds, heavy rain, and lighting. All of these can cause a tree of any size to fall on your house. We hope no one has to deal with a fallen tree on their roof, but this is the type of disaster that’s hard to prepare for. It is best to know what to do ahead of time so you can take care of the problem as quickly as possible.

Acting quickly can potentially save your family and potentially protect your home from significant damage. If a tree falls on your roof after evacuating everyone from the house, follow these steps to resolve the issue quickly.

Call a Professional

Even if the fallen tree or branch seems small and easy to handle, you should never attempt to deal with the issue by yourself. A tree or branch landing on your roof can also compromise its structural integrity and increase the danger that it may collapse. For that reason, it is important that the tree is removed safely and correctly. Call a professional, and they will advise you further. They may send out a fire crew or public utility representative to ensure your home is safe. The crew will make sure there is no danger of fire or electrical problems and check on power lines and connections.

Contact your Insurance Company

Most insurance policies will cover structural damage caused by storm debris, including the cost of removing the tree that has fallen on your structure. However, your recovery could be affected if the damage is seen as a result of negligence on the homeowner’s part. If a healthy tree on your property is knocked down during a storm, your insurance company will likely cover some or all of the cost if it hits a structure. If an old, rotten tree falls, your recovery may be reduced if you had prior knowledge of the potentially hazardous situation. In this case, your insurance company may say that the damage could have been prevented.

If the tree hits the house, garage, barn, fence, deck, etc. it more than likely will be covered. If the tree does not hit anything and just falls in your yard, generally there is no coverage for that situation.

For Minor Damage Call a Trusted Roofing Contractor

If a fallen tree results in minor roof damage, we recommend that you have a reliable roofing contractor in mind. That way, if minor damage does happen, you aren’t wasting your time researching companies when you should be on the phone with a contractor. You may end up going with the first company you find, and you could end up regretting working with them. Choose a company with a distinguished reputation.

For Structural Damage Call Hays + Sons

If a fallen tree results in major structural damage to your home, give us a call right away so we can handle this situation for you. If you ever go through the unfortunate experience of a tree falling on your roof and causing major damage, you need to have it taken care of immediately. If you wait too long to deal with the issue, you may experience more damage to your home and belongings. If you have any restoration needs due to a fallen tree, don’t hesitate to give us a call. You can trust us to get the job done right and quickly.

How to Prepare Your Family for Severe Weather

11:43 am

We all know that summer storms can turn into severe weather at a moment’s notice. Severe weather can happen before you know it, so it is crucial that your family is always prepared. Now is the time that you should be preparing your family for any potential summer storms.

We suggest having a set plan for your family long before any risk of thunderstorms occur. Take the simple steps below to prepare your family and home for possible severe weather this summer.

Build an emergency kit

An emergency kit should include safety essentials for you and your family in the case of a severe storm. Your family emergency kit should be stored somewhere that is readily available for everyone in your family. A standard emergency kit should include a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, personal hygiene items, flashlights, fresh batteries and anything other essentials for your family. Store any valuable information you think you may need during a severe summer storm in your emergency kit.

Create an emergency plan

Sit down with your family and discuss where and how you will all seek safe shelter during a storm. Discuss where you will find shelter in your home and when you are away from your home. Establish a contact person and how everyone will communicate where they are and if they are safe during a storm.

Purchase a standby generator

A portable generator can power one or two appliances; a standby generator can supply power for your whole house. A standby generator looks similar to an air conditioning unit and uses existing power lines. When the power goes out during a severe storm, the standby generator will automatically turn on to power critical appliances and systems such as heating and cooling, lights, refrigerators, sump pumps and home security systems. With a standby generator, your family will be able to function normally during summer storms.

Use these steps to prepare your family for severe weather and summer storms will become less stressful. If summer weather brings you any damage to the inside or outside of your home, make sure you call Hays + Sons!

Protect Your Home During a Power Outage

June 27th, 2017 10:02 am

It is common for power outages to occur during the summer. Summer power outages due to severe weather or heat can happen without any notice. We know that a power outage can be frustrating to deal with, but it is important that you are prepared for them. The better prepared you are for power outages will mean the less you will need to worry about keeping your home safe.

We hope you won’t need to use them, but here are some safety tips you need to remember next time you are experiencing a power outage.

Prepare an emergency kit

One of the best ways to prepare for a summer power outage is to have an emergency response kit. Each kit can include anything you may need, but most should include a three-day supply of water and food for each member of your household, as well as flashlights, battery-powered radios, first aid kits, and medications.

Beware of carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious risk. When you’re trying to find an alternate power source or using a generator, this can be a potential issue, but if you position your generator outside and away from windows, vents or doors you may be able to prevent carbon monoxide exposure during a summer power outage

Unplug electrical equipment

If a power outage is happening due to severe weather and causing flooding in your home, you could be at risk for being electrocuted if these devices are still plugged into outlets when your power comes back on. To reduce this risk, you should unplug electrical equipment while the power is out and avoid any flooded water in your home. Make sure that everything is cleaned off and dry before you try to plug them in again.

Keep these tips in mind, and you will not need to worry about you and your home during the next summer power outage. If you experience any damage due to severe weather this summer, don’t hesitate to give Hays + Sons a call and we will be there for you!

What to Expect When You Have Water Damage

June 14th, 2017 10:54 am

Whether the water damage has occurred from a pipe burst, a backed up drain, or from a flood, it cannot be ignored. We know water damage is stressful and dealing with is not ideal. However, the more you know about water damage, the easier it will be for you to handle.

Here are three things every homeowner should keep in mind if they ever have to deal with water damage:

Act quickly

When your home has been damaged by water, there is no time to sit and wait to start the cleanup process. A quick response can save you money and prevent additional repair costs. Waiting too long can result in mold growth. Mold spores need moisture to grow, and water-damaged carpet or drywall is a perfect place for them to grow. To prevent mold growth your damaged property will need to be dried with a 48-hour window.

Notify your insurance

It is a good idea to call your insurance company when you discover any water damage. They can begin the claims process quickly. The insurance agent should also be able to guide you through the first steps that you need to take to protect your property from even more damage.

Call water restoration professionals

The mitigation and drying process should begin as quickly as possible, so be sure to call a water damage restoration company as soon as you can. Once water restoration professionals arrive, they will begin by locating the source of the water flow. The technicians will take every necessary step to have the water removed and dry everything that damaged by water.

Want to be sure that the water restoration professionals you call are doing the work the right way? Call Hays + Sons, and you can rest assure that our water restoration technicians will take care of the water damage.

Warning Signs of Hail Damage

May 12th, 2017 12:11 pm

Hail falls without warning, so, unfortunately, there is no way to prepare for it. If the fallen hail is severe enough, it can cause damage to your home and roof. However, there are times that hail damage is not as bad as it seems and it does not leave behind any roof damage.

There are major warning signs of hail that you can look for if you are unsure that hail has damaged your roof.

Dented gutters or downspouts

Many times if the hail damage is significant enough to cause roof damage, your gutters will be impacted as well. If your gutters and downspouts are heavily dented or ripped in any place, your roof might need to be checked by a professional.

Damage to sidings

Check your home’s sidings and windowsills for dents and dings. If these places are destroyed, they are good indicators that your roof may also be damaged.

Shredded plants and trees

Are the plants and trees surrounding your yard shredded to pieces? If the landscaping around your home is damaged and not in good shape, chances are the fallen hail was severe enough to cause damage to your roof.

Check your air conditioner unit and mailbox

Air conditioner units contain a condenser coil that is made up of aluminum fins. These fins are exposed on the unit. If hail hits the fins, they will become bent and stop moving air through them. You should also take a look at your mailbox for any large dents. Cuts or dents in your mailbox and damage to your air conditioner are good indicators of roof damage.

Size of the hail

Hail can fall in all shapes and sizes. If you go outside after a storm and the hail is about a quarter size or smaller, most likely your roof will not have any damage. Now if the hail is the size of a golf ball or larger than you might want to be concerned about the potential damage to your roof.

Hail damage always happens when you least expect it. The worse part about it is that you never know how much damage the hail will cause. Once you call your insurance agent and an adjuster has confirmed there is damage to your roof, be sure to call Hays + Sons. We will be right there before you know it and we will get the job done the right way.