Sooner or later, a majority of people experience a home emergency that requires an intervention of a third party. The consequences vary and range from major inconveniences and embarrassments to massive property damage and even fatalities.
So, regardless of whether you are covered by insurance or not, don’t wait for the disaster to strike. Embrace a proactive approach and take measures to mitigate the risk: Come up with a plan on how to approach emergency situations. And when the worst happens, you will have to react in a collected manner and follow necessary steps to get in the clear.
Blocked toilet, pipe, and drain
The culprit behind most toilet and shower drains is no mystery: It’s you and your decision to put a variety of small items in them. Toilets are not supposed to double as trash cans you know. But, if you’ve already caused a problem, don’t fret. Find your rubber gloves and a toilet plunger to unblock the drain.
As for shower drains, they easily get clogged with excess hair. In case this happens, you can unscrew the drain cap and pull the hair out. Likewise, other blocked drains are relatively easy to mend, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty that is. Also, note that a combination of baking soda and vinegar can break down solid matter over time.
One of the most common emergencies in this day and age is a sudden power outage. Most often, this scenario ensues in the wake of extreme weather conditions. Although you can’t do much about this, it helps immensely to prepare ahead of time. Consider buying a generator, have a family emergency plan in place, and purchase supplies such as torches, bottled water, food, candles, and batteries.
Furthermore, you might feel the urge to deal with the problem yourself, but rest assured that it’s always preferable to have professionals do it for you. So, call an emergency 24-hour electrician and sit tight. The problem will be solved efficiently and you will get back to your normal daily life as soon as possible.
Water leaks and plumbing issues cost hundreds of dollars to repair, but down the road, when unattended, can cost your thousands and thousands in structural damage. Hence, any problems must be plugged and leaky pipes and taps replaced immediately.
Note that plugging can be performed by anyone, provided that there are right tools at hand (putty knife, rubber, clamps, water-resistant tape, etc.). On the other hand, if the leaking persists or there is a need for bigger repairs or installation of new pipes, you are probably better off hiring a trusted local plumber.
In terms of risk for our health and well-being, gas leaks are among the most sinister menaces that lurk in the living environment. A flame or even something as small as a spark is enough to cause a fire or explosion in an enclosed area filled with gas. Therefore, the moment you smell gas or suspect there might be a leak, take action.
Open doors and windows to air out the home and turn off the gas supply. Refrain from smoking and lighting anything, including matches. Don’t turn on or off any electrical equipment. Contact your licensed gas fitter to repair the leak. Follow a pre-determined escape route and wait until your house can be inhabited again.
Finally, have a carbon monoxide detector to enable swift reaction in the future.
Never throw caution to the wind
Nobody likes to experience a critical situation. However, panic is the last thing you need because it increases the chances of severe damage, injury, and even death. Bear in mind that some problems you might be able to fix on your own, but don’t hesitate to rely on someone more experienced to sort out the problem for you.
All in all, preparation is the key to staying on the safe side and having a much-needed peace of mind. Like it or not, you have to hope for the best and at the same time, plan for the worst. Maintain composure and calm even in the direst of situations and get through them as right as rain.