The home may be the place we feel the safest, but it isn’t invincible. Things can and do go wrong at home, from electrical shortages to carbon monoxide leaks. You need to be readily prepared for coping with things like fires, floods and general disasters that affect you and your family.
     If there’s a risk of fire, most homes have a fire blankets or an extinguisher ready to be able to tackle a blaze before it gets out of control. This is good sense, especially when you have children. Teaching them from a young age what to do in the case of fire will also ensure that they don’t panic and can raise the alarm if a fire breaks out. Read some more here on how to teach your children about fire safety.
     The one thing most people don’t know how to handle is a flood. Not just the natural kind that comes from weeks of heavy rain that make the streets look like a river, but the kind that develops from the cold winter months causing leaks. Burst pipes that expand and crack under freezing conditions are not always obvious and can take some time to make themselves known.
     You may not have considered the possibility of pipes bursting at home, so wouldn’t have invested in heat cable for pipes in the home. These are used to regulate the temperature around the pipe and stop them from getting too hot or too cold, and when a pipe does burst you’re risking flooding, damp and the ceilings caving in. Sometimes, you can hear when a pipe has sprung a leak because the dripping sound is unmistakeable, but other times it’s so gradual and quiet that you don’t know anything is wrong. This is until you are ankle deep in water in the basement, or the ceiling starts to sag with the weight of the pooled water. There are some ways you can get your home sorted in case of a burst pipe that causes a flood in the home and here they are:
     Be prepared. Depending on the severity of the disaster, you need to have an emergency backpack with supplies for an overnight stay at the ready. Flooding caused by dodgy plumbing can take a few days to dry out and sort and the damage can be irreparable. Be prepared for disasters at all times, especially if your house is susceptible to damp.
     Shut off the water. In the event of a pipe bursting, you need to minimise any further damage so shutting off the water supply can prevent any further water flow.
     Shut off the electrics. The main concern with flooding in the home isn’t the cracks in the walls or the ceiling dipping as these cosmetic issues can be fixed. The biggest issue is the water getting into the electrics and starting a fire.
     Call the professionals. Plumbers, electricians, home insurers and contractors are around for a reason so if you suspect a pipe burst and it is affecting the electrics, call in the big guns to help you sort the issue.
     Always have a back-up plan for flooding. Check your pipes and your tanks twice a year after the summer and winter months and make sure you are prepared!
 


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03/28/2017 12:46pm

Am very grateful for you to write such an informative blog. The suggestions for keeping us safe from fire and methods to face any emergency of fire are remarkable. The second topic how to handle a flood is also very important and the advices you have written in the post are very useful.

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