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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”

My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?

flooded crawl space

I read somewhere that if a house has ten problems, 15 of them have to do with water. Water anywhere in the house is all too common and causes a distinctive odor that can be described as musty. Candles and air fresheners might help somewhat, but you’re simply putting lipstick on that pig. If your house smells dank after having it closed up all day, and you can’t find the source of the water anywhere inside your house, check the crawl space. Crawl spaces are notorious for attracting and holding moisture, especially if they don’t have adequate drainage or a ventilation system. In this post, we’ll cover what you should do when you have a flooded crawl space.

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How to Landscape to Prevent Basement Flooding

how to landscape to prevent basement floodingProper landscaping techniques can help you prevent a flooded basement. Because spring is here and rain is a sure bet, now is the time to consider your landscaping around your house. Here’s how to landscape to prevent basement flooding: 

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Seven Simple Steps to Prepare Your Basement for Spring

To avoid a flooded basement, a little preparation goes a long way. 

In the Midwest, March Madness has more than one meaning. It’s “anything-can-happen month” in terms of weather. Spring showers and heavy rains are a definite possibility. And so is snow. Remember Easter of 2018? The kids were pawing through nearly a foot of snow to find their Easter eggs. What does wacky spring weather mean for you as a homeowner? 

It means you need to be prepared for anything. Here at Hays + Sons, our job is to help families and businesses stay safe and recover from unexpected events like flooded basements that cause water damage. But our mission is to help you avoid these situations altogether. 

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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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5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Their Basement Floods

flooded basementWhat NOT to do About a Flooded Basement

Amidst the craze of activities and obligations this time of year, the last thing you need is a few inches (or feet!) of water setting up camp in your basement. Many homeowners look for an easy fix to the problem so that they can get on with their day. However, quick fixes don’t mean that they are handling the situation safely. Flooded basements require time and calculated effort to restore. So, while you may not be an expert in water damage clean-up, you can still make the situation easier by avoiding these common mistakes that homeowners make in the event of a flooded basement.

Additionally, you can check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.

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Furnace Maintenance: Don’t Take Your Furnace For Granted

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. 
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My Basement Flooded… Now What?

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?”

Safety Tips for Flooded Basement Cleanup

We know you don’t want to think about or deal with the hassle of water damage from a flooded basement. Unfortunately, there is a chance that your basement could flood during the rainy season. A flooded basement is undoubtedly aggravating and inconvenient.
If you have to do flooded basement cleanup, we want to make sure that you are cleaning up the mess in a safe manner. Don’t make these common flooded basement cleanup mistakes! Here are four steps and several tips to help you keep your family safe and get back to normal.

Additionally, you can check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.

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