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COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols for Large Facilities

Covid 19 Stadium Cleaning

In today’s world, cleaning is no longer a basic measure performed to maintain the neatness and aesthetic appeal of large facilities. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, stringent sanitation standards are necessary to safeguard public health and safety. The COVID-19 cleaning protocols necessary to protect patrons and others today are more intensive than the typical routines employed just one year ago.

As our facilities reopen and adjust operations in the face of current public health concerns, strict COVID-19 cleaning protocols must be adopted. Comprehensive, science-based commercial cleaning regimens provide customers, visitors, and staff much-needed peace of mind while shielding the facility against potential liabilities. Continue reading “COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols for Large Facilities”

My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?

flooded crawl space

I read somewhere that if a house has ten problems, 15 of them have to do with water. Water anywhere in the house is all too common and causes a distinctive odor that can be described as musty. Candles and air fresheners might help somewhat, but you’re simply putting lipstick on that pig. If your house smells dank after having it closed up all day, and you can’t find the source of the water anywhere inside your house, check the crawl space. Crawl spaces are notorious for attracting and holding moisture, especially if they don’t have adequate drainage or a ventilation system. In this post, we’ll cover what you should do when you have a flooded crawl space.

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How to Landscape to Prevent Basement Flooding

how to landscape to prevent basement floodingProper landscaping techniques can help you prevent a flooded basement. Because spring is here and rain is a sure bet, now is the time to consider your landscaping around your house. Here’s how to landscape to prevent basement flooding: 

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Seven Simple Steps to Prepare Your Basement for Spring

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? 

It means you need to be prepared for anything. Here at Hays + Sons, our job is to help families and businesses stay safe and recover from unexpected events like flooded basements that cause water damage. But our mission is to help you avoid these situations altogether. 

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5 Ways to Waterproof Your Basement

waterproofWhen 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.

For more flooded basement tips, check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.
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5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Their Basement Floods

flooded basementWhat NOT to do About a Flooded Basement

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.

Additionally, you can check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.

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It’s National Water Quality Month; Avoid Unhealthy Water in Your Home

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.

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Avoiding Burst Pipes and Water Damage in the Summer Months

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: 

 

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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”

My Basement Flooded… Now What?

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?”