Let’s be honest about it, as homeowners, there’s a lot of things that panic us. However, one of the most stressful has to be dealing with household emergencies. The idea of a pipe bursting or your power going out can be extremely stressful, especially when you have little ones to think about. (Every mom knows that kids and power cuts just don’t mix.)
While you can’t see the future, what you can do is know what to do should a problem occur. As well as ensuring that you take good care of your home, of course. For everything that you need to know about making home emergencies easier to deal with, keep reading.
Make maintenance a priority
The best thing you can do to make home disasters less stressful is prevent them, and the best way to do that is by keeping on top of your home’s maintenance. At least every six months, perform a household check, to make sure that everything is working as it should do.
This means checking the boiler, water pipes and electric board to make sure that everything is in good order. If you notice any warning lights, make sure to call a professional straight away to get them checked out. This is important as that way any problems can be dealt with before they get worse.
Know your home
If an emergency was to occur, such as a pipe bursting, it’s essential that you would know how to turn the water off. This could be the difference between a little water damage and your bathroom ending up in your lounge. So it’s important that you know where the switch to your water is located. (Outside, in the basement, and under the sink, are the most common places.)
As well as knowing where you water valve is, you also need to know how to turn your gas and electric off. So that should your gas start leaking, for instance, you know how to get it shut off quickly. If you’re unsure where any of these things are, it’s important to check the documents that came with your home.
Save local contractors into your phone
So that in an emergency you don’t have to take the time to Google numbers, it’s a good idea to do your research beforehand. Go online and get the numbers for local contractors that, in an emergency, could deal with the problem for you.
Save these numbers in your phone, so that should you need an emergency plumber, for example, all you’d have to do is dial the number. This is important as often, with household emergencies, the quicker you get someone to come and deal with it, the less damage that is done.
Keep an overnight bag in your car
By far the worst part of a household disaster is having to leave your home. To make this a little easier, keep an overnight bag of essentials in your car for you and your family. That way, should you need to stay elsewhere while the problem is fixed, you don’t need to stress. If you don’t have a car, ask a friend or family member if you could leave an overnight bag with them instead.
There you have it, all the best tips for making household emergencies a little easier to cope with.