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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What to Expect When You Have Water Damage

When water damage strikes, the Hays + Sons team of experts will ease your stress and get things back to normal ASAP. 

Water damage is no picnic. Whether the damage occurs in your home or business, at a minimum, it’s an inconvenience that disrupts your daily life. At its worst, water damage can cause long-term damage to the structure of your building and even pose health issues to your family or employees if it’s not properly remediated. So, when water damage strikes, make Hays + Sons your first call. Our trusted water damage restoration experts will respond immediately. 

When you call Hays + Sons for your water damage, here’s what you can expect: 

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What to Do if you Have a Water-Damaged Ceiling

water damageThree steps to get your water damage under control and get back to normal ASAP. 

You’re enjoying a lovely, relaxing evening at home. Maybe you’re sitting in the living room, enjoying a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace. You lean back against the couch, do a leisurely stretch, look up towards the ceiling, and wait … what’s that bulging, brown spot on your white ceiling? That wasn’t there before! What should you do?

The not-so-great news is this: a new, discolored spot on your ceiling, especially if it’s bulging, means water damage. The better news is, getting to the root of it quickly and having a local, trusted restoration company come out to assess the damage and begin the water damage restoration process immediately can keep a smaller water issue from becoming a much bigger one. Continue reading “What to Do if you Have a Water-Damaged Ceiling”

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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My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?

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.

Or if you have a flooded basement, you’ll need to 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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