Protect Your Home During a Power Outage

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

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.