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Common Home Emergencies and How to Deal with Them

May 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm Diana Smith 0 Tips & Tricks

Every home, no matter how well kept, has emergency repairs that need to be dealt with right away. It’s something that households should be prepared for, both when it comes to the necessary tools and the proper skills. It’s also rather useful to have repairmen at your disposal at all times. That may end up saving you quite a lot of money in case something goes wrong and you aren’t able to make the repair yourself.

Power blackout

For the most part, power blackouts happen because of harsh weather, so it’s not something you can prevent or plan for. However, you can prepare yourself for such an occasion in advance. In case this happens often, you should invest in a generator that you could rely on instead of the power grid.
Set up supplies of things you’ll need during the blackout and keep them in a safe and accessible place. It’s also useful to have a few flashlights around the house so that you could access the supplies. This is where you should keep the contact information of your electrician as well.

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Leaking roof

This is one of the most unpleasant emergencies, because when you notice it, it’s already difficult to resolve without quite a lot of investing and some discomfort. The first thing to do is to clearly pinpoint where the leak is coming from so that you can fix it more quickly.
After that, all you can do is call the professionals and let them change the shingles. To avoid the problem altogether, inspect the roof every now and then, especially when the weather isn’t causing your trouble. That’s the time to fix the roof if there’s a reason to do so.

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Blocked drains

Blocked drains, especially in the bathroom, are one of the most feared emergencies in most households. You need to react quickly when such a thing happens, and they usually happen at the most inconvenient time. The quick fix is to shut off the water coming to the pipe that’s blocked.
After that you should call the professionals, such as the ones from R&G Plumbing, to inspect the matter and fix the pipe. Remember that time is of the essence with this repair, and the faster you fix it, there will be less of a mess to clean up.

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Gas leak

A gas leak is no small problem, and it can even be dangerous if not treated right away. Again, the first step is to locate where the leak is coming from. You should probably be able to do it by smell. If the leak is coming from a particular appliance (such as a stove), you should cut the gas from that appliance right away.
If you don’t know where the leak is coming from, shut the gas off in your home entirely and call the professionals. When you install gas in your home, you should ask how the valves work and how to shut it off in case of emergency.

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Getting locked out

First of all, this happens more often than you think especially if you have a complicated alarm system installed. It’s something to prepare for, because if there’s no one around to let you in, the only thing you could do is call the alarm company.
You should always have the number of the alarm company available in case this happens. Of course, there are simpler solutions such as keeping one key hidden outside or with your neighbors.

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Conclusion

Household emergencies happen, and the best thing to do is to simply prepare for them before they do. It’s also useful to have expert repair companies on your side which you can call when you need to.

Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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