As much as we love our homes, it’s pretty safe to say that they are not always 100% reliable. Even if we built them from scratch ourselves, they are complex creations, and therefore things are bound to go wrong at some point or another. Nine times out of ten, these issues are nothing major and can easily be resolved without too much urgency or pressure. However, there are also certain occasions where we cannot be so relaxed about any shortcomings we face in our homes, as a disaster may incur. The most important thing to bear in mind when something goes wrong in your home is the safety of its inhabitants: so that means you, whoever you share the property with and anyone who is visiting (especially younger family members). Having a plan of action in place does mean that should these issues arise, you will be more than prepared to deal with them and get back to normal life as soon as possible. Here are a few examples of typical home disasters and what you can do to rectify them.
This is one of the more severe maintenance issues as if left untreated, the effects of a gas leak can potentially be fatal. The problem is, however, that it is often impossible to tell whether you have a leak, as carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas. However, if your boiler is leaking toxic gas into your home, an alarm should typically sound, or it may flash a warning on its screen. If you are in any doubt over whether you have a leak, get people out of the house immediately while you get a professional to investigate, or at the very least open all the windows and doors. This is not the kind of thing you can leave overnight to see how it is in the morning, so deal with this as soon as possible.
Plumbing can cause homeowners all sorts of issues, and none is more of a hassle than a burst pipe. A burst pipe can shoot a dangerous amount of water right into your home, and could even result in irreversible flooding damage. Pipes can burst for some reasons, but the most common causes are frozen pipes or some internal blockage. Make sure you know the number of a plumber near me so, in the event of a burst pipe, you can call for help immediately.
Broken door or window
We rely on our homes to keep us safe and secure – even more so if we have nieces and nephews staying overnight with us. So when a door is cracked, or a window is shattered, we can suddenly start to feel very vulnerable. You may think that you have to wait until the next working day to get someone to come out and fix it, but in reality, many locksmiths also offer an emergency door/window repair service. At the very least, however, make sure you clear up any broken glass and place some sturdy cardboard over the exposed gap until your locksmith can arrive.