There is nothing worse than returning from work or a day out and discovering that there has been a disaster in your home. You might have no power, a flooded kitchen or a gaping hole in the ceiling. These things are certainly enough to ruin your day! But the sooner you deal with these issues the better, and hopefully you will have your home back to normal in no time.
Here are some different disasters that could happen to you and how to deal with them:
A burst pipe or a leaking tap that has gone unnoticed can cause a lot of problems in your home. The brickwork, plaster or floorboards are all things that are caused by the water damage from a leak, creating much bigger problems for you. If you ever come home and see water dripping from your ceiling, a flooded kitchen or bathroom, or water spraying out uncontrollably from a pipe, call a plumber immediately.
Once you have done that, try to find the source of the issue to stop it while you wait for him to arrive if possible. Do your best to get rid of the damp with fan heaters after you’ve mopped up the excess water.
You mustn’t ignore any problems with the electricity in your house. They could become fire hazards, or cause serious injury or fatality to you and others. If something about your wiring doesn’t feel right, such as a sparking power outlet or power shortages, get a professional to inspect the problem for you.
Call emergency electricians to get someone out to your home a lot sooner, especially if something is sparking and poses a high risk.
Windows that leak or don’t shut properly need to be replaced as soon as possible. If the seal around your windows is worn-out or hasn’t been finished properly, it will allow damp and water to get into your home when it rains. Again, this could cause damage to brickwork and plaster-like other leaks.
To avoid a much bigger problem later on down the line, have your windows replaced as soon as you can. You should also do this if you notice other damage to them, as insecure windows could make you more vulnerable to opportunist burglaries.
If your floorboards are broken or rotten, this could result in serious injury and damage to your property. If you have had leaks in your home, check that the floorboards haven’t become rotten due to the damp, and always do your best to dry them out where possible. Other causes of damaged floorboards could be due to pests like termites. Make sure to inspect your home for any signs of termite infestation such as bubbling paint, mud tubes, and hollow walls.
If you notice any signs of them in your home, call pest control to resolve the issue. If you notice any damage, repair or replace your floorboards before it gets worse.
It’s never a nice experience to find problems like these in your home, but if you act quickly to resolve them you will avoid it becoming a bigger issue and more costly.