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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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Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

 

As the winter holiday season is upon us, many Hoosiers are either preparing their homes to host festive celebrations or preparing to travel to celebrate with loved ones. While everyone wants to enjoy the holiday spirit to the fullest this time of year, it is important to take certain precautions to prevent household hazards. Hays + Sons shares top holiday home safety tips to help you spread holiday cheer while protecting your residence. Continue reading “Home Safety Tips for the Holidays”

Best Practices to Avoid Turkey Fryer Disasters This Thanksgiving

 

Turkey is undeniably the featured entrée of Thanksgiving dinners across the country, with 88 percent of Americans consuming 46 million birds during their holiday celebrations. There’s no arguing that turkey has become a staple of the Thanksgiving holiday, from the President’s traditional turkey pardon to the creation of new turkey cooking fads and trends. One such turkey preparation method that started in Louisiana decades ago and spread across the nation seems to be here to stay – the deep-fried turkey. Continue reading “Best Practices to Avoid Turkey Fryer Disasters This Thanksgiving”

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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3 Tips To Ensure Pros Coming To Your Home Are Taking Appropriate COVID-19 Precautions

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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A How-To Guide for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

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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Five top tips to keep your family safe through the holiday season, and all winter long

fire damage restorationGive 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”

Nine Fireplace Use and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

fireplace maintenanceSuper 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”

Prepare and Keep Your Family Safe in Unpredictable Winter Weather

winter preparednessMidwestern 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”