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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We’ve been inside, staring at our television screens in disbelief for what seems like an eternity. When watching movies showing people close together, it has become like watching a horror film as we anticipate people touching each other … “No. Don’t!” we think aloud. Our collective psyche has changed. Now, when we invite people (usually unavoidably) into our homes, we want to be safe, for their sake and ours. Of course, you know where you have been and what precautions you have taken during the Coronavirus pandemic, but what do you know, and what can you do about the outside workers that you may need to service your home at this time?
Here are a few things you can do to make sure the pros coming to your home are taking appropriate precautions:
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Steps to protect your family from the spread of coronavirus, flu and other illnesses.
You work to make your home a safe haven for your family. You take steps to protect them from danger by having a preparedness plan for tangible natural disasters, like storms or floods. But how do you protect your family from dangers you can’t see, like germs and viruses? The same way—by having a thorough plan and following through with it regularly.
Here’s a step-by-step, how-to guide based on CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your home to help protect your family from the spread of COVID-19, as well as other viruses.
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Give the Gift of Safety this year!
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. As you’re shopping for your children’s Christmas gifts, you’re mindful of how safe they are (i.e. whether they have sharp edges or loose pieces that could be potentially harmful). However, it’s equally important to keep safety top-of-mind in your home throughout the holiday season as well. Here are our five top tips to give the gift of safety to your family, not just for the holidays, but all winter long. Continue reading “Five top tips to keep your family safe through the holiday season, and all winter long”
Super Bowl LIII is in the history books and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. So that must mean spring is just around the corner … right? Let’s not be too hasty. Midwesterners know better than to think winter is over before it’s over. We might have snow on Easter. Or Mother’s Day. Which means we’ll probably still be giving our fireplaces a workout for the next few months. So, now is a great time to think about fireplace maintenance. Here are our top nine tips for keeping your fireplace in tip-top shape and keeping your family safe and warm throughout fireplace season (however long that might be.) Continue reading “Nine Fireplace Use and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe”
Midwestern winters have always been on the unpredictable side, and they grow increasingly more so every year. It’s easy enough to think about winter preparedness like taking steps to ensure your pipes don’t freeze when the thermometer drops below zero. However, you might be tempted to let your winter weather safety guard down when you pop out of bed on a sunny Saturday morning in January and it’s warm enough outside to go for a bike ride.
So, how do you ensure that your home and your family are ready for whatever the remaining winter months have in store? By being prepared for all types of weather and making sure your family members all know what to do in the case of an emergency. Here are five winter preparedness tips to keep you safe, regardless of the weather. Continue reading “Prepare and Keep Your Family Safe in Unpredictable Winter Weather”
Cold weather is officially upon us. Whether you’re anticipating building a snowman that rivals Frosty and enjoying toasty nights by the fire, or find yourself dreaming of escaping to the lands where palm trees sway, if you live in the Midwest, you need to prepare your home for winter. (And yes, that includes buying carrots for your snowman’s nose and hot cocoa for sipping fireside!)
Before you get too carried away with planning wintertime fun, make sure your home is safe and secure through the coldest months by attending to these five key winter home preparation tips. You’ll ensure that your fun doesn’t get spoiled by an unexpected event, such as a frozen or burst pipe or roof damage that might result in the need for the services of a restoration company. Continue reading “Five Key Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter”
The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means–getting stuffed on turkey and, for some, spending the entire next day taking advantage of incredible deals. Black Friday is like the Super Bowl for bargain hunters. It’s also the perfect time to buy gifts that focus on keeping family safe as well as preparing for disaster to reduce the risk of unexpected events such as fire or flooded basement that would result in the need for a disaster restoration service. This Black Friday, as you recover from your Thanksgiving feast, be sure to consider these four holiday purchases that will help prepare your family for unexpected events and increase family safety. Continue reading “Top Four Safety and Security Items to get this Black Friday”
October 13th is Home Fire Drill Day. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA,) a home fire that may require the services of a fire restoration company happens every 86 seconds. If the smoke alarms went off in your house, would your kids know what to do? Even if you’ve talked about it in the past, kids need practice to reinforce things they’ve learned. Having fire drills at home (just like they do at school) on a regular basis will ensure that your kids will be calm, rehearsed and ready if that alarm starts to sound.
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Ah … the four seasons of the Midwest–spring, summer, winter and football. If football season is your personal favorite, you’re probably already thinking about the most important aspect of the game–tailgating. But before you fumble your food, sack your snacks, or commit any other tailgating party fouls, check out these tailgating safety tips and tricks.
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