At some time in your life there is every possibility that you will have some sort of emergency in your home, whether it’s all of the lights going out or a burst water pipe that floods the place with water. The most important thing to remember if you encounter one of these situations is not to panic. That can be easier said than done, but if you keep calm you will be far more able to get the problem resolved quickly and effectively.
One thing you will probably find yourself having to do, in order to get the problem dealt with, is call in the experts like a professional electrician or Plumbing Detectives; they know how to deal with emergency situations and restore your lighting, or fix your pipes, as efficiently as possible. We’re going to take a look at what actions you should take if you have an emergency with the lighting or plumbing in your home.
What happens if the lights go out?
It’s a nuisance if the lights go out in your home and of course, if you are having problems with your electrics this can also mean that you also lose power for your appliances. If the lights are out in other homes in the street then you are going to have to wait for the utility company to sort the problem. If it’s just your home that is without power it could be that a circuit breaker has tripped or a fuse has blown. This is likely to mean that you have only lost power to part of your home as different parts of the property, and different functions, usually use different circuits.
This is a problem you can actually resolve yourself, by resetting the circuit breaker of replacing the fuse. If you do not feel confident enough to do this then it’s a good idea to call a professional electrician. If you have lost power during a storm then always call a professional as if any wires have become damaged you should not go near them. Remember to use a flashlight not candles if your lights go out; it’s safer. You should also switch off all electrical items, except appliances such as fridges and freezers, and leave just one light switched on so you can tell when power is restored.
What happens when a pipe bursts?
If a pipe bursts in your home then you can end up with a flood of water. The first thing you should do if this happens is to switch off the supply of water to the leak. Once you have done this you need to call an emergency plumber to examine the problem and fix it. If the work needs to be done immediately then it’s important to remember to keep the broken parts and take photographs, for insurance purposes.
It can be difficult to get an emergency plumber to call out when you need one. The best way to try and make the situation a little easier is to make contact with a plumber as soon as you move into a property. If they already have an established relationship with you they are far more likely to call out at unsociable hours if you need them to.
Remember, emergencies like a burst pipe or a loss of electricity can happen to anyone at any time. If you keep calm and act sensibly then you should be able to get the situation resolved and get back to normal as soon as possible.