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21.4.15

Home Emergency: 5 Tips for Handling Your Repair Emergencies | Guest Post


The last thing you want to deal with in your busy life is a home emergency. Your home is supposed to be an oasis from life's problems, right? However, when emergencies do happen (and they will), being prepared makes it easier. So, stay calm and don't panic, because here are tips for handling five repair emergencies:
 
Even the smallest leaks can create a lot of damage. The water may seep into drywall, popping its seams. Broken pipes are the most common cause of mold. Act fast:  
  • Find the source of the leak.
  • Shut off the water. (Consider shutting off electrical power.)
  • Open windows and use fans and a dehumidifier to air-out your residence.
  • Use a wet/dry vac to rid carpets and upholstery of water.
  • Call a certified plumber and 24 hour emergency service that offers water restoration. (Mold can start growing in hours!)
  • Call your insurance agent. (Your policy may cover damage made to your property from a pipe but not the actual pipe repair.)
     
A jammed door may simply mean that you need to remove an item obstructing the door track. Check to see if an item that usually leans on the wall has fallen over, jamming the track with its handle.
Pull the manual override cord so that you can open your automatic garage door when there is a power cut. Usually, the cord has a red handle, and it's near the guide track.
The door's position, weight, and tension from cable wires makes most repairs too dangerous for a homeowner. Call a professional handyman if the garage door:
  • is off its track
  • has broken springs
  • has a jammed pulley
  • has any broken/frayed cables
     
3. Leaking Roof

Identify the source of the leak. (For example, a clogged gutter may be channeling excess water inside the house so simply remove the debris.) Move furniture, paperwork, or anything else by the leak. Call a roofing company if necessary, and/or call the past roofer if the roof is still under warranty.
 
While repairing some leaky roof problem may be within your capabilities, the major issue of concern is your safety when climbing up to or on the roof. When in doubt, call a roofer.


4. Boiler Breakdown

If the heat goes out, you may feel stressed to the max. Take a deep breath, and go through this checklist to help deduce problems: 
  • Does your programmer or thermostat have old batteries?
  • Does the condensate pipe to the outside need to be defrosted?
  • Is the pilot light extinguished? (Check the manual to see if this is something you can re-light.)
  • Is there a problem with the gas supply? (If no gas is coming through, call your gas supplier.)
If you can't or don't feel comfortable fixing the problem yourself, call a professional immediately.

5. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless gas, may be difficult to detect but it can cause brain damage and death. If an appliance isn't ventilated properly or malfunctions, it can emit CO, You may simply feel fatigued, dizzy, or get a headache. Get out of your home immediately. Seek medical attention. 

Install carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home. Change and test the batteries regularly. 
As a homeowner, you have a lot of responsibilities. Each problem seems like a major deal, but treat it as a learning experience. Now, you're prepared to try quick problem-solving so problems don't magnify. Sometimes, just knowing when it’s time to call the professionals is the key to being a responsible homeowner.