When home maintenance emergencies happen, people tend to panic because they don’t really know what to do. In most cases, this means that the damage gets worse because they don’t take steps to deal with the problem right away. But if you are prepared for home maintenance emergencies and you have a plan in place, you can limit any damage and get things back to normal in no time. These are some of the most common home maintenance emergencies that you need to be prepared for.
A leak in the roof can be disastrous because, once the water starts leaking down the walls, it will cause damp problems throughout the house. Prevention is the best method for dealing with a leak in the roof, so make sure that you carry out repairs on a regular basis. It’s much easier to fix a few loose tiles every now and again than it is to deal with a huge hole that is leaking water. However, if you do get a large hole in the roof, it’s important that you get up there right away and cover it from the outside with a tarp. It’s best to fix another covering on the inside as well, and then clean up any water right away. Once you have stopped any more water coming in and cleaned up any water that is going to cause damp, you need to call out a professional roof repair company as soon as you can.
It’s a real nightmare if your boiler breaks down and you have no hot water, so you need to get it back up and running right away. The first thing that you should do is check the carbon monoxide alarms are working to ensure that there is no carbon monoxide gas leaking out. Once you are sure that it is safe, get in touch with an emergency plumber to fix it. However, you can avoid this situation entirely if you have a regular hot water service to identify any potential issues. If you have an experienced plumber fix small problems right away, you will avoid any serious problems that cause a complete boiler breakdown in the future.
If the toilet cannot drain and the water continues to run, you will notice that the water level starts creeping up. It’s natural to panic because it will cause a huge mess if it starts overflowing. The first thing you need to do in this situation is shut off the water valve behind the toilet to stop any more water flowing. Clean up any water that has already flowed over, and then set about getting rid of the blockage. In some cases, you may be able to get rid of the blockage with a plunger but if you can’t, you’ll need to call a plumber in.
These are some of the most common home maintenance issues that you are likely to experience at some point. If you panic and don’t take action, the damage will be a lot worse. But if you follow these simple steps, you can avoid any serious repairs.