No matter how self-sufficient of a person you are, there will always be some things that you can’t deal with alone. From fire or water damage to break-ins, you will occasionally need the help of professionals. Here is a handful of worst case scenarios that might one day occur in your home. You’ll also find information on the steps to take afterward, who to get help from and how to fix the problem efficiently and permanently.
Fire and smoke damage--
Firefighters will come swiftly to the rescue if a fire breaks out at your home. But what about after they leave? Firstly, they may inform you that the house is not safe to be inside at that time. If that is the case, they will contact the local building control officer on your behalf. It will then be up to you to arrange accommodation elsewhere. You may be able to get financial assistance in your the short-term. You need to contact your insurance company and bill providers also. Do be aware that once the fire department has left, it is your responsibility to ensure the property remains secure. If you have the go-ahead to go inside, remove any valuables and board up any broken windows or doors.
Hiring a water damage restoration company could be the way forward here. Dealing with the mess and damage left behind is likely to be too much work for you and your family alone. Plus, doing anything wrong could cause even more damage. It’s critical that you get in touch with a restoration team as quickly as possible. The sooner they get to work, the less detrimental any damage is likely to be. They will also be able to advise you on any other steps you need to take, and how to protect your home more sufficiently in the future.
Hundreds of people die and are injured each year due to incidents relating to gas leaks. After you or another person has detected gas, you will have had to leave the home temporarily. Once the leak has been fixed, always have a gas company official do a full inspection. They will advise you if and when it is safe to re-enter. They’ll also be able to tell you if you need to make any repairs or changes. And, as with water damage, they’ll be able to advise how to avoid problems occurring again further down the line.
A power outage is probably the least severe scenario on this list. However, there are some important things you’ll need to do afterward. If any power lines have gone down, stay away from them and inform the local authorities. Back at home, throw away any food that has defrosted and cannot be immediately cooked. Similarly, throw away any food that you think could potentially have been damaged. Don’t risk food poisoning.
If your home has been broken into, it is very important not to touch anything. In some cases, this can invalidate your insurance. Leave things as they are, and call the police. Touching things might also remove vital evidence, like fingerprints. After calling the police, file a claim with your home insurance at the earliest available opportunity. Also, make sure the house is re-secured.