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. Take the time to practice tornado safety with a home tornado drill.

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…)

Prepare and Keep Your Family Safe in Unpredictable Winter Weather

January 15th, 2019

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. (more…)

Five Key Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

December 21st, 2018

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. (more…)

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