27 September 2016

Don't Panic: Dealing with Small Emergencies at Home

There are many things that can go wrong around the house, but some small emergencies always seem much worse than all the rest. But most of the time, these incidents aren’t actually anything to worry about. If you deal with them quickly and efficiently, they will soon disappear. So there is actually no need to panic about these mini emergencies! To make sure you don’t stress yourself out too much, here are some handy ways you can deal with household problems.


Infestations--

Your home is always at risk of an infestation of pests. In the summer, there will be loads of pests everywhere looking for somewhere to live. The ones that survive in winter will try and get into your home, so they have somewhere warm to hibernate! What exactly do you do when you notice bugs in your home? First things first; don’t panic! You can run to your local garden center and grab some bug repellent. There are also a number of homemade traps that you could consider making. But the easiest way to deal with this problem is to simply call some pest control contractors to do all the hard work for you!


Locked Out--

When you are trying to get the kids ready for school and get yourself ready for work, you might leave the house without picking up your keys. There are some easy hacks that can help you get in the house even if you lose or forget your keys. One of the best things to do is to hide a spare key somewhere in your front yard. Don’t leave it in obvious places like under the doormat or a flower pot, though. Burglars will be able to easily find it in these obvious spots. Alternatively, give your spare key to a neighbor. One brilliant idea is to swap your traditional lock for a key-code lock. That way, you don’t need any keys; just commit the code to memory!


Bad Paint Jobs--

We’ve all been there – thinking you can paint and decorate a whole room all by yourself only to find that it doesn’t look quite as good as you imagined it would. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to remedy a not-quite-professional paintwork. You can get rid of drips on the wall by scraping them back with a scraper. It is also possible to sand them away using a sander. You might have to go over the area you sanded with a quick lick of paint. Another common problem is visible brush strokes. Unfortunately, these need completely repainting. Why not save the hassle by hiring a professional decorator to do it for you?


Blocked Drains--

Blocked drains are a lot easier to fix yourself than you may think. First of all, pour down a lot of bleach followed by a whole kettle full of boiling water. Leave it for a few minutes. Once you come back to it, the water should flow through again. If not, try plunging it with a plunger. This should, hopefully, remove the debris that was blocking the pipe and drain.