Practice Tornado Safety with a Home Tornado Drill

May 22nd, 2019

Summers in the Midwest mean working in the yard, Fourth of July celebrations, cookouts, family time and fun. Unfortunately, in some areas, summer can also mean tornadoes, or at the very least, strong storms with winds that might damage your home enough to require board-up service. The best way to keep your family safe is to have a plan. So, now’s a great time to create a family tornado drill plan to ensure everyone knows exactly what to do if a tornado or other severe weather warning is issued. Here are some tips to get you started: (more…)

My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?

April 25th, 2019

With all these spring rains, are you smelling a mysterious musty odor when you walk in your house? If you can’t find the source of the water anywhere in your house, here’s a tip: check the crawl space. They’re notorious for attracting and holding moisture, especially if they don’t have adequate drainage or a ventilation system. Strong, damaging storms with heavy rain can cause water to come into the crawl space. Water in your crawl space can also be the result of a plumbing malfunction. No matter how it got in there, getting it out can be tricky, but it’s crucial to dry out your crawl space to prevent potential mold growth, pest infestations, or water damage to your HVAC system or your home’s foundation. If your house has a flooded crawl space, here’s what you need to do. (more…)

How to Weather a Tornado

March 21st, 2019

tornadoAs March roars its way towards spring and the promise of warmer, sunny days, it’s important to take a moment to ensure your family knows what to do when the weather unexpectedly turns dangerous and unpredictable. Those who experienced the recent tornadoes in Alabama had less than ten minutes’ warning to take shelter when the tornadoes struck. Here in the Midwest, March is always a month of unpredictable weather, from gentle showers to snow to strong storms and high winds that can cause storm damage. We truly need to be prepared for anything.

Here’s a list of things your family should do during and after a tornado or strong storm to keep everyone safe. (more…)

Nine Fireplace Use and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

February 12th, 2019

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.) (more…)

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

January 29th, 2019

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.” (more…)

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