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How To Deal With Home Emergencies

Unexpected problems in the house are not only inconvenient, but they can also be expensive. Whether you’re having a problem in the middle of the night or just want to be ready for anything, there are steps you can take to keep a small problem from becoming a big, expensive one. Here are some tips to help you get ready for and handle the most common emergencies at home.

Blocked Drains 

Blocked drains are annoying and keep happening if you aren’t careful. At least two to four times a year, it’s usually a good idea to take steps to keep pipes from getting clogged. There are two ways to clear clogged drains. You can buy a drain cleaner at the store and then follow the directions on the bottle. Make sure to carefully follow the directions. The problem is that most drain cleaners have chemicals that are harmful and can damage pipes, so the other choice is safer and better for the environment. Instead of drain cleaner, use baking soda and vinegar to clear clogged drains.

Burst Pipe 

A burst pipe can quickly lead to a variety of problems, such as those associated with a broken radiator or a clogged drain output. If water is rushing into your home, turn off the main water valve outside first, then the valve nearest to the leak. Slowly drain any remaining water into buckets after turning off the main water supply. Once the initial problem is dealt with, it’s best to call a plumber to fix the problem once and for all. 

Power Outage 

How you respond to a loss of electricity might have serious consequences for your wellbeing and your bank account. That’s why there are a few things to do before you rush to the breaker panel. Firstly, you need to keep the cold air in and the food fresh by always closing the fridge door. As a result, you won’t have to go out and buy as many expensive new groceries or fall ill. Plus, all electronic devices should be unplugged. Any appliance that is still plugged into an outlet after a power surge has occurred is at risk of being damaged or destroyed. Turn off expensive electronics to save money on repairs.

Check Gas Appliances 

If you aren’t careful, gas appliances can cause fires. All gas appliances should be serviced annually, at the very least. Remember that this needs to be carried out by an expert, so if you feel that it’s time for a furnace maintenance, it’s best to call a professional right away. Breakdowns are less likely to occur if your gas appliances, such as your furnace, boiler, stove, and so on, are checked regularly. Having a carbon monoxide detector also means fewer chances of a fire or explosion caused by that deadly gas.

Flooded Basement 

Be careful before you rush into a flooded basement to get your things. Turn off the house’s circuit breaker or call your energy provider and ask them to do it for you if you can’t get to the box. Wear thick, waterproof boots and gloves to protect yourself from dangerous things in the floodwater.