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”
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”
8 simple steps to keep your family safe
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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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”
Four Steps to Ensure Your Family is Protected
“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”
Eight Steps to Ensure Your Family is Prepared in an Emergency
September 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”
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”
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 the new year 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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