How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors from Clothing and Electronics After a Fire


Experiencing a house fire leaves survivors not only with trauma from the event itself, but the extensive process of picking up the pieces after it’s over. Restoring your home will involve services for the structure, as well as for the personal property inside. The affected contents of your home will have suffered varying levels of damage – professional contents restoration companies will perform the proper cleanup to remove smoke, soot, and odors to return your belongings to their former condition. Continue reading “How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors from Clothing and Electronics After a Fire”

What to Do (and What Not to Do) If Your Basement Floods


Basement floods are, unfortunately, very common and have the potential to cause extensive damage to the home as well as personal belongings. In many instances, the severity of the flood and the amount of resulting damage can be curbed by knowing exactly what to do and what not to do when you find yourself in this situation. Hays + Sons explains what to do as well as what to avoid if your home’s basement ever starts to flood.

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Causes of Sewage Backup in the Home


Problems affecting your home’s sewer line can lead to some serious issues inside the house. Sewage backup poses a health hazard to your family and when problems aren’t resolved soon after discovery, this issue could cause significant damage to your home. Take a look at the top causes of sewage backup so you can take action and prevent these problems from happening. Continue reading “Causes of Sewage Backup in the Home”

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”

How To Ensure Your Home Restoration Project Is Done Right


When a disaster causes damage to your home, you’re left to pick up quite a few pieces. Home restoration isn’t as straightforward as an average home improvement project tends to be, as the devastation that results from a fire, flood, or storm is often extensive. This isn’t something you should attempt alone – the success of your project hinges on selecting the right restoration contractor. Continue reading “How To Ensure Your Home Restoration Project Is Done Right”

What You Need to Know About Filing an Insurance Claim for Property Damage


Unfortunately, damage to homes and personal property is all too common. Fires, floods, harsh storms – these natural disasters can wreak havoc on your residence as well as its contents. Filing a claim with your homeowners insurance company will help you put the pieces back together again, but there are some things you should know about the claims process that will help you best protect your family. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Filing an Insurance Claim for Property Damage”

How Does the Residential Restoration Process Work?

When the unexpected strikes your home, here’s what you can expect from a trusted residential restoration company. 

Severe winter weather causes damage to your roof. A fire breaks out in your kitchen. Your basement or crawl space floods from heavy rain. A frozen pipe bursts and causes water damage to your ceiling. No one wants to think about these things, but they do happen. If they happen to you, the fastest way back to normalcy and peace of mind is knowing what you should do and what will happen throughout the restoration process. When storm, fire or water damage happens in your home, the first thing you need to do is contact a trusted residential restoration company near you. 
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Frozen Pipes Prevention Tips

Take these steps to avoid the problem altogether.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to cover the outdoor furniture, rake up the remaining leaves, pull out the parkas and snow shovels, and start thinking about eating some turkey and pumpkin pie! And more importantly, it’s time to keep your family safe in the chill of the season.

We don’t know what Mother Nature has in store for us this winter, but it’s bound to dip below freezing sooner or later, so it’s also time to think about how your pipes will do in the colder weather and make sure you don’t come home to any unexpected and unpleasant surprises. Pipes that aren’t properly insulated can freeze and burst, causing damage and flooding (that can also mean mold growth!) The good news is that this is usually avoidable, and an ounce of prevention now can prevent pounds of pain later!

Protect pipes exposed to the outdoors

Be sure to disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets. These water-lines are the most susceptible to damage during the cold winter months, and taking these precautions will ensure that there will be nothing to freeze. It is also recommended that you wrap pipes nearest to exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape, protecting these exposed pipes from the worst of winter’s cold sting.

Protect indoor pipes

Get your home ready for the winter cold by closing all windows near water pipes and cover or close open-air vents and insulating outside walls and uninsulated areas of your home. Drafty windows, door frames and basement areas can allow cold in, and if there are pipes in those areas, they’ve vulnerable. Caulking or sealing those areas will not only protect your pipes, but save you money on your heating bill!

Use your heater to your own advantage

Although it’s tempting to supposedly save money in the winter by keeping the heat very low, or even turning you heat off when you travel for the holidays, these habits can inflict fatal damage on your pipes. It is recommended that you keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher at all times, and this rule applies to your basement as well. While keeping your heater on at all times may seem to be a waste of money, it will save you loads of it in the long run, as it will prevent frozen pipes and pipe bursts in your future.

Maintain healthy conditions for your faucets and kitchen pipes

The first step to ensuring that your home doesn’t freeze over is allowing airflow to move freely throughout the house so that one room doesn’t become colder than the rest. By keeping cabinet and interior doors open, you allow heat to spread evenly throughout your home, so that it reaches each room and under-sink pipe in your household. In addition to this, if a certain pipe has given you trouble or is in a particularly cold area of your home, it’s important to keep that faucet dripping slightly with lukewarm water. It’s annoying, we know, but the age-old trick rarely fails. With water moving, the pressure from a small, frozen area in a pipe can’t cause it to burst.

Prepare for the worst

In case of an emergency, make sure that you know how to keep the damage to a minimum. Be sure that you can identify the main water shut-off in our house and on your water heater. This will prevent further occurrences of bursting pipes or flooding in your home, and give you the peace of mind of knowing that even if the worst comes, you are prepared.  

We hope these tips will help keep you and your pipes safe, dry and toasty warm this winter. But if you ever have a problem, your property restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away.

About Hays + Sons

For more than 38 years, Hays + Sons has been the property restoration company that families, businesses and schools trust. We’re committed to helping you be prepared when the unexpected strikes, and whether you just want tips for water damage prevention and mitigation or currently have water damage, Hays + Sons has the capacity and expertise to help you get back to normal ASAP. 

The compassionate, experienced, and trusted residential restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

If you’re in need of water damage restoration, get in touch with us at one of our offices across Indiana or in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Back-to-School is a Great Time to Practice Emergency Readiness

The backpacks are packed, the buses are running, and your mornings have gotten back into the back-to-school groove. As the lazy, carefree days of summer come to an end and everyone gets swept back up into their own routines, it’s a good time to think about emergency readiness. Schedule a family meeting to make sure everyone in the household is on the same page when it comes to family safety and what to do in the case of an unexpected event. Here are some things to keep in mind as your family gets back in the swing of homework and school activities.

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