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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”

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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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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It’s National Water Quality Month; Avoid Unhealthy Water in Your Home

In the US, we don’t often think about water quality until a water catastrophe occurs, and since August is National Water Quality month, we figured it’s a great time to talk about preventing water catastrophes in your home. Flooded basements and burst pipes can expose your family to unhealthy gray and black water and cause you to need the services of a water restoration company. Here’s a list of things you can do in the month of August to ensure that your pipes are in tip-top shape all year long.

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Securing Your Home with Board-Up Service after a Storm

The spring and summer storm season is upon us, and sometimes those storms can be pretty tough to weather. If a warm weather storm leaves your property exposed to the elements, subject to vandalism, or structurally insecure, you’ll need to have a plan to ensure your family’s safety and security as soon as possible. The best advice for weathering a storm is to be prepared and know what you will do ahead of time. Here are some tips to help you return back normalcy in the aftermath of a storm that results in the need for board-up service, roof repair and storm damage restoration.

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Avoiding Summer Garage Fires That Require Fire & Smoke Repair

How’s your garage looking? Spotless, with a place for everything and everything in its place? If you’re like most of us, the answer to that question is no. Our garages are catch-alls for everything we have nowhere else to put. It’s important though, especially as the summer starts to heat up, that we take stock of what’s out there and what could potentially cause problems, such as a garage fire that could result in fire and smoke damage requiring the help of a fire restoration company.

According to FEMA, there are 6,600 garage fires resulting in 30 deaths, 400 injuries and $457 million in property fire damage requiring fire restoration every year. The number one cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction, such as shorts in damaged wires or overloaded outlets and extension cords, so take a tour of your garage and eliminate these obvious fire hazards. But what about the other causes of fire and smoke damage? Let’s take a look at some other tips and tricks to avoid garage fires that might result in a need to call a fire restoration company, and keep your home and family safe all summer, and for the rest of the year too.

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Preventing Fire Damage during Grilling Season

Ah… grilling season is finally here! Food from the grill is the ultimate summer treat. Whether it’s burgers, chicken or good old fashioned hot dogs, everything tastes better when it comes from the grill. It’s important to remember grilling safety tips though, to keep your family safe and avoid burns or fire damage to your home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are generally around 9,000 home grill fires per year, resulting in $118 million in property damage that requires fire damage restoration. Keep your home and family safe by following these safety tips:

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Preventing Storm Damage in the Spring Storm Season

Spring in the midwest means a lot of things–daffodils, robins and gentle spring showers. But those spring showers aren’t always so gentle. Spring is also a time for storm preparedness. Taking the time now to make a plan for weathering those storms can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Here’s a list of things you can do to reduce both physical storm damage and the emotional distress that a major storm can bring.

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Ice Dam Damage From Winter Weather

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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