To avoid a flooded basement, a little preparation goes a long way.
In the Midwest, March Madness has more than one meaning. It’s “anything-can-happen month” in terms of weather. Spring showers and heavy rains are a definite possibility. And so is snow. Remember Easter of 2018? The kids were pawing through nearly a foot of snow to find their Easter eggs. What does wacky spring weather mean for you as a homeowner?
When summer rains are beating down, it’s good to know that we have a safe place inside. And while (for the most part), our homes are impenetrable, there are preventative measures that should be taken to keep the moisture out. Here are five simple steps to keep the most vulnerable part of your home (the basement) dry during the rainy season.
Amidst the craze of activities and obligations this time of year, the last thing you need is a few inches (or feet!) of water setting up camp in your basement. Many homeowners look for an easy fix to the problem so that they can get on with their day. However, quick fixes don’t mean that they are handling the situation safely. Flooded basements require time and calculated effort to restore. So, while you may not be an expert in water damage clean-up, you can still make the situation easier by avoiding these common mistakes that homeowners make in the event of a flooded basement.
With all these spring rains, are you smelling a mysterious musty odor when you walk in your house? If you can’t find the source of the water anywhere in your house, here’s a tip: check the crawl space. They’re notorious for attracting and holding moisture, especially if they don’t have adequate drainage or a ventilation system. Strong, damaging storms with heavy rain can cause water to come into the crawl space. Water in your crawl space can also be the result of a plumbing malfunction. No matter how it got in there, getting it out can be tricky, but it’s crucial to dry out your crawl space to prevent potential mold growth, pest infestations, or water damage to your HVAC system or your home’s foundation. If your house has a flooded crawl space, here’s what you need to do.
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.
When the temperature outside plummets, we’ve all learned that we need to take special care of our pipes. We keep a faucet dripping, cabinet doors open and wrap pipes that are exposed to the cold. Rarely do we think about the potential for damage to pipes and plumbing issues in the heat of summer. However, burst pipes and water damage from hot weather and summer activities can cause some pretty serious issues too, so it’s important to pay careful attention to your pipes in the warmer months to avoid burst pipes and water damage that may result in the need for water restoration services from a water restoration company. Here are some things to look out for:
Spring is around the corner, and those notorious spring showers are a sure bet. One great way to make sure they don’t end up as a puddle–or a river, or a lake–of water inside is to take a proactive approach outside. There are several landscaping tips and tricks that can help prevent water damage and a flooded basement in spite of what Mother Nature has in store for us.
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”
With unpredictable winter weather ahead, the opportunities for water-related disasters are plenty– pipes can freeze and burst, rain and melting snow can raise groundwater levels, sewers can back up, or tiny cracks in your foundation can allow water to seep through the walls as the snow builds up along the side of your house. Continue reading “My Basement Flooded… Now What?”
Street shoes on a gym floor are bad enough, but water on a gym floor is even worse. When a water disaster hit this facility, Hays + Sons came to the rescue. We first got rid of the surface water and then set up our specialized equipment to dry the floor out completely and efficiently before this beautiful wood gym could start to warp from the moisture.
Tenting the floor with plastic creates a drying chamber that cuts drying time down significantly. The two dehumidifiers create a push/pull setup so that they’re only processing the air in the tented area and not the whole gym.
Our certified and trained team of water restoration experts will have the basketball team back on the court in no time. Our water damage restoration services are available at any of our locations in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Muncie, Crown Point, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, & Columbus. Hays + Sons, we do water restoration right.