Hays + Sons Lafayette Wins Reader’s Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company

awardHays + Sons is proud to announce that its Lafayette location received the Journal & Courier Readers’ Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company of 2018. The Journal & Courier is part of the USA Today network. Hays + Sons was selected first out of twenty-three businesses submitted for the award. Hays + Sons specializes in disaster restoration services and also provides renovation, home remodeling and general contracting service as well.

“We’re honored to be recognized,” said Jacob Houk, president of Hays + Sons, “To me, being voted Best Home Renovation Company by residents of the Lafayette area means that we have exceeded the expectations of our customers when they needed us most. Our goal is to provide exceptional service to our customers during their time of need, by being passionate about our work and treating both our employees and our customers like family. Our mission is simple: We aim to do restoration right.” Continue reading “Hays + Sons Lafayette Wins Reader’s Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company”

Five Key Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

restorationWinter is here. 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”

Top Four Safety and Security Items to get this Black Friday

black fridayThe 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”

Veterans Day Salute

“No duty is as urgent as that of returning thanks.”

James Allen, philosopher

As Veterans Day draws near, we at Hays + Sons would like to answer our call to the duty of gratitude. On behalf of all our employees, we would like to thank veterans for their continued service and great sacrifice. We find ourselves deeply inspired by those serving in the armed forces, and we strive to honor them by reflecting their values in both our personal lives and our business.

While we often dedicate our posts to helping our readers prepare for unexpected events like hurricanes, fires and flooded basements, we were inspired to express our appreciation for the values that the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force embody (and our team members aspire to). Specifically, we strive to be more like the armed forces with our:

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Five Ways YOU Can Help with Hurricane Relief

If you’ve watched coverage of the recent hurricanes and the weather damage people have experienced to their homes, you might be wondering how you can help. No matter where you live, you can get involved with the hurricane relief process. Here are five ways you can make a difference for people whose homes and businesses have been directly affected by storm damage.

 

 

 

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Keep Your Family Safe During National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Preparedness Month. That means it’s a great time to take a moment and be sure that the whole family knows what to do if storm or other unexpected event causes storm damage to your home. While those of us in the Midwest may not have to worry about hurricanes and wildfires, we do have to take steps to be ready in the event of flooding, tornadoes and other strong storms that might cause storm damage that will require the services of a disaster restoration company. Here’s a list of things you can do now to ensure your family is protected and prepared if a natural disaster occurs.

 

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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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Add Your Holiday Purchases to Your Homeowner’s Insurance

We’re well into 2018 and the holidays are a pleasant memory. Hopefully, Santa brought your family everything they asked for. The big question now is, are all of those new toys, jewelry and electronics covered by your current homeowners’ insurance policy? Your policy should include personal property coverage for everything inside your four walls. Valuables such as jewelry, artwork and musical instruments should be listed on separate line items, on a document called a personal property schedule.

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Furnace Maintenance: Don’t Take Your Furnace For Granted

Winter has us firmly in its grip now and the new year is off to a frigid start. Unless we can escape to warmer climes, bundling up and dreaming of spring are our only options. With the thermometer plunging to record lows, it’s certainly no time to take your furnace for granted, and furnace maintenance is key. 
It’s easy to forget about your furnace as it chugs away in the dark corners of your basement. Continue reading “Furnace Maintenance: Don’t Take Your Furnace For Granted”

Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips | Hays + Sons


Lights and decorations add to the festivity of the holiday season. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree trimmed with twinkling lights, stockings hung over the fireplace and maybe even some over-the-top lights on the exterior of your house (ala Clark Griswold.) Continue reading “Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips | Hays + Sons”