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: Continue reading “Practice Tornado Safety with a Home Tornado Drill”
September is National Preparedness Month. That means it’s a great time to take a moment and be sure that the whole family knows what to do if storm or other unexpected event causes storm damage to your home. While those of us in the Midwest may not have to worry about hurricanes and wildfires, we do have to take steps to be ready in the event of flooding, tornadoes and other strong storms that might cause storm damage that will require the services of a disaster restoration company. Here’s a list of things you can do now to ensure your family is protected and prepared if a natural disaster occurs.
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Running a business can feel like weathering a storm, even on the best of days. You often wear many hats and put out a ton of fires. You concern yourself with staffing, order supplies and inventory, watch over operations, keep an eye on the bottom line, do your absolute best to take care of your customers and then fall into bed at night and do it all again the next day. You also do your best to plan for the future and cover your bases in case the unexpected happens. But sometimes, despite our best-laid plans, disaster strikes. Do you have a plan to ensure your business’ continuity if storm damage requires storm repair or restoration to your property?
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Your home or business has been damaged by a storm or weather disaster. You thought it would never happen to you, but it did. In the aftermath, it’s hard to feel like things will ever be right again. It’s only natural to feel anxiety and stress in the face of the damage. You’re overwhelmed. You want things to get back to normal, and you don’t know where to start.
Here’s a list of six things you can do to take care of yourself and those around you while you head down the path back to normalcy. You’ll be there before you know it.
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Ice and icicles are a part of winter, and they can be beautiful as they catch the sun or create interesting formations. However, winter weather damage from snow and ice accumulating on your roof or hanging off your gutters and eaves is downright dangerous and can cause major damage to your roof. Winter storm damage can even result in leaks coming into your home, through ceilings, walls and insulation.
In order to avert disaster, it’s important to know how winter weather and storms can damage your home. Snow and ice that build up on the eaves of your home cause a barrier between the warmth of the interior of your home and the cold air around it. This causes the insulated snow between the layers to melt, and that water flows down to your eaves and gutters where it freezes again, forming ice dams.
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We’re well into 2018 and the holidays are a pleasant memory. Hopefully, Santa brought your family everything they asked for. The big question now is, are all of those new toys, jewelry and electronics covered by your current homeowners’ insurance policy? Your policy should include personal property coverage for everything inside your four walls. Valuables such as jewelry, artwork and musical instruments should be listed on separate line items, on a document called a personal property schedule.
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Winter has us firmly in its grip now and the new year is off to a frigid start. Unless we can escape to warmer climes, bundling up and dreaming of spring are our only options. With the thermometer plunging to record lows, it’s certainly no time to take your furnace for granted, and furnace maintenance is key.
It’s easy to forget about your furnace as it chugs away in the dark corners of your basement. Continue reading “Furnace Maintenance: Don’t Take Your Furnace For Granted”
Lights and decorations add to the festivity of the holiday season. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree trimmed with twinkling lights, stockings hung over the fireplace and maybe even some over-the-top lights on the exterior of your house (ala Clark Griswold.) Continue reading “Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips | Hays + Sons”
With unpredictable winter weather ahead, the opportunities for water-related disasters are plenty– pipes can freeze and burst, rain and melting snow can raise groundwater levels, sewers can back up, or tiny cracks in your foundation can allow water to seep through the walls as the snow builds up along the side of your house. Continue reading “My Basement Flooded… Now What?”
In an earlier post about Disaster Preparedness Month, we shared our five tips for preparing your home for a disaster, and we offered practical suggestions for keeping your family safe. Now we’re going further by sharing three things you should be doing today to prepare your home for a winter storm.
Regardless of whether you’re a life-long Indiana resident or new to the area, one thing we all can agree on is that Indiana winters are as unpredictable as the storms themselves. Likewise, winter storms can be a rude awakening for homeowners when they leave behind property damage. Consequently, we cannot emphasize the importance of winterizing your home. Here are our top three tips to winterize your home and protect your family from the harsh elements of winter. Continue reading “3 Simple Tips to Avoid Winter Weather Disasters”