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. Continue reading “5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Their Basement Floods”

My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?

With all these spring rains, are you smelling a mysterious musty odor when you walk in your house? If you can’t find the source of the water anywhere in your house, here’s a tip: check the crawl space. They’re notorious for attracting and holding moisture, especially if they don’t have adequate drainage or a ventilation system. Strong, damaging storms with heavy rain can cause water to come into the crawl space. Water in your crawl space can also be the result of a plumbing malfunction. No matter how it got in there, getting it out can be tricky, but it’s crucial to dry out your crawl space to prevent potential mold growth, pest infestations, or water damage to your HVAC system or your home’s foundation. If your house has a flooded crawl space, here’s what you need to do. Continue reading “My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?”

Flooded Basement? Look Outside to Avoid Problems Inside.

Landscaping to avoid a flooded basement
Spring is around the corner, and those notorious spring showers are a sure bet. One great way to make sure they don’t end up as a puddle–or a river, or a lake–of water inside is to take a proactive approach outside. There are several landscaping tips and tricks that can help prevent water damage and a flooded basement in spite of what Mother Nature has in store for us.

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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. 
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”

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. Continue reading “Safety Tips for Flooded Basement Cleanup”

Flooded Basement? 4 steps to keeping your family safe

When dealing with a flooded basement the Hays + Sons team is here for you. There are 4 steps you can take to keep your family safe and minimize personal property loss. We have developed these 4 steps over the last 30 years helping families like yours get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible. No one can make the flood unhappen, but we can help you retain as much normalcy as possible. Continue reading “Flooded Basement? 4 steps to keeping your family safe”

What in the world is that in our gym?

image-32Street shoes on a gym floor are bad enough, but water on a gym floor is even worse. When a water disaster hit this facility, Hays + Sons came to the rescue.  We first got rid of the surface water and then set up our specialized equipment to dry the floor out completely and efficiently before this beautiful wood gym could start to warp from the moisture.
Tenting the floor with plastic creates a drying chamber that cuts drying time down significantly. The two dehumidifiers create a push/pull setup so that they’re only processing the air in the tented area and not the whole gym.
Our certified and trained team of water restoration experts will have the basketball team back on the court in no time. Our water damage restoration services are available at any of our locations in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Muncie, Crown Point, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, & Columbus. Hays + Sons, we do water restoration right.