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How to Prevent Water Heater Disasters and Damage

 

Water heaters – they’re a staple in homes across Indiana, the United States, and beyond. We rely on this plumbing appliance everyday to provide hot water for bathing, cleaning, and cooking. While many homeowners don’t pay their tank water heaters much mind unless they fail to work, these appliances need some regular care and maintenance to remain in good working condition – without this maintenance care, a water heater failure could cause serious damage to the home. Hays + Sons explains how to maintain your tank style water heater and why you need to make it a priority.

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Fire Prevention Tips to Reduce Your Risk of a House Fire

 

A fire at home can quickly become out of hand, causing costly damage to your house, injuries, and even fatalities. To reduce your risk of a house fire, know the facts and how to curb risk factors. Hays + Sons shares important statistics to educate our customers about home fire risks and tips for fire prevention that help keep your family safe. Continue reading “Fire Prevention Tips to Reduce Your Risk of a House Fire”

Be Prepared for Summer Lightning Strikes

 

Summer weather brings all sorts of hazards to the Midwest, with tornados and severe storms causing damage to homes throughout Indiana. While high winds and hail are common with storms and can seriously harm residences, lightning strikes are another hazard you need to be prepared for this season. Hays + Sons shares the precautions you should take to prevent damage and what to do if your home is hit by lightning. Continue reading “Be Prepared for Summer Lightning Strikes”

Sump Pumps: Protect Your Basement from Flooding

If your Indiana home has a basement, it’s almost guaranteed your basement will flood at some point – an estimated 98 percent of U.S. homes with basements experience flooding at least once. Flooding and water damage to this underground area is typically quite costly to remedy, and lingering issues (such as mold and moisture problems) can persist if the job isn’t done correctly.

As a homeowner, one of the best ways to protect against this common threat is to use a sump pump. Hays + Sons explains more about sump pump systems, caring for them, and what to do should you find standing water in your home’s basement. If you’re in need of professional water restoration services due to basement flooding, contact us today. Continue reading “Sump Pumps: Protect Your Basement from Flooding”

How to Prevent Water Damage Caused by Frozen Pipes

Midwest winters bring numerous days with temperatures that fall below freezing. The water inside a structure’s plumbing pipes is prone to freezing during cold weather which has the potential to cause great damage. Preventing this common winter problem starts with protecting your plumbing from frozen pipes and knowing how to care for frozen pipes when they occur. Continue reading “How to Prevent Water Damage Caused by Frozen Pipes”

How To Prepare for a Natural Disaster

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Here’s how to prepare for a natural disaster. Disaster preparedness is key to keeping damage and stress to a minimum. Follow this how-to guide for eight simple steps to prepare for a natural disaster by creating an emergency plan. 

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Five Key Ways to Protect Your Home and Family During a Power Outage

Heed these five tips to keep your home and family safe.

Power outages can happen at any time of year. Whether it’s 90 or -9 degrees outside, tornadoes, strong rain, snow and ice storms can snap power lines, leave your family in the dark and cause a need for storm damage repair to your home. However, power outages can be more than just an inconvenience. They can also pose a health and safety risk to your family. Here’s a list of five key ways to be prepared and keep your family safe should in a power outage. Continue reading “Five Key Ways to Protect Your Home and Family During a Power Outage”

How to Be Financially Prepared for Property Damage or a Natural Disaster

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“I never thought it would happen to me,” is commonly heard in the aftermath of a destructive storm or other natural disaster. Unfortunately, destructive storm damage and catastrophic weather events are becoming more and more common, no matter what part of the world you live in. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes can strike at any time, resulting in both structural and personal property damage. In addition to the emotional devastation that comes with property damage, those who haven’t prepared for the financial impact of a natural disaster have a harder road to recovery. In addition to preparing yourself and your family physically through an emergency preparedness checklist, here are four steps to take to ensure you’re prepared financially if Mother Nature wreaks havoc on your property:  Continue reading “How to Be Financially Prepared for Property Damage or a Natural Disaster”

September is National Preparedness Month

 

Eight Steps to Ensure Your Family is Prepared in an Emergency

National Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Preparedness Month. That means it’s a great time to take a moment to be sure that the whole family knows what to do if a storm or other unexpected event strikes 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, hail storms, tornadoes, blizzards and other significant weather events that might cause storm damage requiring the services of a property restoration company.

Here’s a list of Eight Steps to Ensure Your Family is Prepared in an Emergency. Take a moment to review them now, in the calm BEFORE the storm.   Continue reading “September is National Preparedness Month”

Practice Tornado Safety with a Home Tornado Drill

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”