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 Remove Mold from Walls

mold on wallBlack mold has become a buzzword in house buying and selling, and it is undoubtedly a cause for concern if the mold in question is Stachybotrys, which has the highest toxicity. However, the fact is that all kinds of mold are everywhere, both inside and outside your house. The real problem is when mold levels are more concentrated inside than outside.

Often gray, white, green or black in appearance, mold in your house is most commonly found in damp, poorly ventilated, and warm places such as bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. And whether or not it poses a high level of toxicity, you still don’t want it on your walls. In this post, we will discuss how to remove mold from walls.


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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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Is Mold Making Your Family Sick? Check Into Mold Removal Now.

Sniffing, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, itchy nose–all of these symptoms sound like a pesky spring cold or seasonal allergies. They’ll run their course and be gone, right? Maybe. But if they’re not gone in due time, you should look for another source for those maladies. That source could be growing right under your nose. It just might be mold.

Mold is an adaptable fungi that can live just about anywhere. The only thing it really needs to grow is a little moisture. If that moisture happens to be in your walls, basement, attic, carpet or anywhere else that isn’t easily visible, mold could be thriving in your home and making your family sick. Children, elderly people and anyone who is already prone to respiratory issues, such as asthmatics, are particularly at risk. It’s important to contact a mold remediation or restoration company if you suspect that you have moisture in your home to check for and remove the mold as soon as possible.

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Mold FAQ: What Should I Know About Mold in my Home?

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Mold spores are pretty much unavoidable. You may not be able to see them, but mold spores are in the air we breathe and most likely somewhere in your home. That may or may not become a larger issue for you and your family. If you don’t know much about mold, you’re not alone. Read on to learn the answers to the most frequently asked questions from homeowners about mold in their homes and what they should do about it. Continue reading “Mold FAQ: What Should I Know About Mold in my Home?”

Mold facts from the experts

Mold. That discolored, fuzzy-looking fungus that lives both inside and out, and spreads quickly in humidity. While some molds can be beneficial to the environment, when it comes to personal property, mold can be a real pest.
Yes, we said a four-letter word that no business or homeowner ever wants to hear, and unfortunately, we weren’t referring to pest. Mold causes several issues, including property damage and sickness if not treated immediately.  Even worse, once mold has made its new home, it can become difficult to treat. But, there is hope, and Hays+Sons can get your home or business back to life – without further damage or stress.

What causes mold?

Black MoldMold usually forms in warm, dark spaces, resulting from appliance and pipe leaks, or even a spill that goes untouched.  If left untreated, the potential for mold to grow and spread is likely. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mold can spread within 72 hours following a leak. Therefore, it’s important to call a professional and immediately address the problem. Hays+Sons employs experts who carry the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and are trained in mold remediation. Together with a third party sampling company, these experts will conduct a thorough and meticulous removal process. It’s our business, and we’re all about working with you to reduce the stress that often comes when disaster strikes. This is our approach.

Time for “dry” cleaning

When leaks are sprung, time is of the essence, and drying the area quickly is critical to stop the growth and spread of mold.  
“In our experience, we have learned that people sometimes assume everything is fine if the area looks dry. But, just as time is important in addressing mold, it also can take weeks for an area to completely dry,” says Booby Slaymon, a Hays+Sons project and mold manager. “This creates moisture behind walls, baseboards or in the carpet — and it’s a favorable environment for mold.”
Before every job, we inspect the area, and recommend the best course of action. Following approval from you and your insurance company, we use HEPA vacs, fans and dehumidifiers to restore order and return your property to pristine shape.  To do this, we will employ the help of a HEPA filtration system on every job because it is a means of containing and preventing cross-contamination.
Along with establishing filtration, our experts will establish critical barriers and calculate the number of needed air changes per hour.
“We will always have at least four per hour,” says Slaymon. And following every job, we will recommend that customers have their air ducts cleaned and maintained by a licensed professional.”

What you should know

Mold is not only damaging to property, but if ignored, it can be hazardous to your health.  Specifically, black mold or “toxic mold,” which is visible by its dark color, can wreak havoc not only in homes and businesses, but it could also be what’s making you sick. If you’ve had recent property damage and are now experiencing symptoms, it could be a sign of black mold. Do not assume this will leave by doing nothing. Likewise, if you are pregnant, a senior citizen or have an immune-suppressive condition, call us, your doctor, and be mold-aware with these ten facts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   
It goes without saying – mold, and its effects on homes and businesses are devastating. While we hope you never have to deal with it, if and when disaster strikes and mold follows, we’ll be ready to help 24/7 – and we won’t be offended if you say that four-letter word.

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 mold prevention and remediation or currently have mold or water damage that may turn into mold, 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 mold remediation, get in touch with us at one of our offices across Indiana or in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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