Nine Fireplace Use and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

fireplace maintenanceSuper Bowl LIII is in the history books and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. So that must mean spring is just around the corner … right? Let’s not be too hasty. Midwesterners know better than to think winter is over before it’s over. We might have snow on Easter. Or Mother’s Day. Which means we’ll probably still be giving our fireplaces a workout for the next few months. So, now is a great time to think about fireplace maintenance. Here are our top nine tips for keeping your fireplace in tip-top shape and keeping your family safe and warm throughout fireplace season (however long that might be.) Continue reading “Nine Fireplace Use and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe”

Hays + Sons Lafayette Wins Reader’s Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company

awardHays + Sons is proud to announce that its Lafayette location received the Journal & Courier Readers’ Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company of 2018. The Journal & Courier is part of the USA Today network. Hays + Sons was selected first out of twenty-three businesses submitted for the award. Hays + Sons specializes in disaster restoration services and also provides renovation, home remodeling and general contracting service as well.

“We’re honored to be recognized,” said Jacob Houk, president of Hays + Sons, “To me, being voted Best Home Renovation Company by residents of the Lafayette area means that we have exceeded the expectations of our customers when they needed us most. Our goal is to provide exceptional service to our customers during their time of need, by being passionate about our work and treating both our employees and our customers like family. Our mission is simple: We aim to do restoration right.” Continue reading “Hays + Sons Lafayette Wins Reader’s Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company”

Prepare and Keep Your Family Safe in Unpredictable Winter Weather

winter preparednessMidwestern winters have always been on the unpredictable side, and they grow increasingly more so every year. It’s easy enough to think about winter preparedness like taking steps to ensure your pipes don’t freeze when the thermometer drops below zero. However, you might be tempted to let your winter weather safety guard down when you pop out of bed on a sunny Saturday morning in January and it’s warm enough outside to go for a bike ride.

So, how do you ensure that your home and your family are ready for whatever the remaining winter months have in store? By being prepared for all types of weather and making sure your family members all know what to do in the case of an emergency. Here are five winter preparedness tips to keep you safe, regardless of the weather. Continue reading “Prepare and Keep Your Family Safe in Unpredictable Winter Weather”

Five Key Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

restorationWinter is here. Whether you’re anticipating building a snowman that rivals Frosty and enjoying toasty nights by the fire, or find yourself dreaming of escaping to the lands where palm trees sway, if you live in the Midwest, you need to prepare your home for winter. (And yes, that includes buying carrots for your snowman’s nose and hot cocoa for sipping fireside!)

Before you get too carried away with planning wintertime fun, make sure your home is safe and secure through the coldest months by attending to these five key winter home preparation tips. You’ll ensure that your fun doesn’t get spoiled by an unexpected event, such as a frozen or burst pipe or roof damage that might result in the need for the services of a restoration company. Continue reading “Five Key Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter”

The 4 “BE’s” to Improve Your Family’s Fire Safety This Winter

The weather outside is frightful… and the fire is so delightful… (as long as the fire is contained in your fireplace!)

fire safetyIt may be the most wonderful time of the year for a lot people, but the cold weather brings some concerns with it. Unexpected events that require the aid of a disaster restoration company in the winter are often related to ice damage and flooded basements; but actually, house fires could be the highest risk facing your home this winter. In fact, winter is the season when house fires are most common. As the temperature drops, your desire to stay toasty, cozy and safe inside with your family increases, and now that Black Friday has passed and your holiday shopping is coming to an end, your next focus this winter should be keeping your family safe by attending to your home’s fire safety and preparing for unexpected events. Here are four “BE’s” this winter that will help you avoid the the stress of dealing with fire damage or smoke removal. Continue reading “The 4 “BE’s” to Improve Your Family’s Fire Safety This Winter”

Top Four Safety and Security Items to get this Black Friday

black fridayThe holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means–getting stuffed on turkey and, for some, spending the entire next day taking advantage of incredible deals. Black Friday is like the Super Bowl for bargain hunters. It’s also the perfect time to buy gifts that focus on keeping family safe as well as preparing for disaster to reduce the risk of unexpected events such as fire or flooded basement that would result in the need for a disaster restoration service. This Black Friday, as you recover from your Thanksgiving feast, be sure to consider these four holiday purchases that will help prepare your family for unexpected events and increase family safety. Continue reading “Top Four Safety and Security Items to get this Black Friday”

Five Ways YOU Can Help with Hurricane Relief

If you’ve watched coverage of the recent hurricanes and the weather damage people have experienced to their homes, you might be wondering how you can help. No matter where you live, you can get involved with the hurricane relief process. Here are five ways you can make a difference for people whose homes and businesses have been directly affected by storm damage.

 

 

 

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Practice Fire Safety on Home Fire Drill Day

October 13th is Home Fire Drill Day.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA,) a home fire that may require the services of a fire restoration company happens every 86 seconds.  If the smoke alarms went off in your house, would your kids know what to do?  Even if you’ve talked about it in the past, kids need practice to reinforce things they’ve learned.  Having fire drills at home (just like they do at school) on a regular basis will ensure that your kids will be calm, rehearsed and ready if that alarm starts to sound.

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Five Tailgating Safety Tips from the Official Restoration Company of the Indianapolis Colts

Fire restoration companyAh … the four seasons of the Midwest–spring, summer, winter and football. If football season is your personal favorite, you’re probably already thinking about the most important aspect of the game–tailgating. But before you fumble your food, sack your snacks, or commit any other tailgating party fouls, check out these tailgating safety tips and tricks.

 

 

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