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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”

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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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”

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?

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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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