Your home is your shelter from the world when it gets too much. It’s a safe space where you can be yourself, throw off the high heels, wipe off your makeup, throw on your PJs and relax in comfort, safety and style. There are times, however, when things go wrong in the house that can make that illusion of safety and comfort evaporate in seconds. If you’re new to living independently, it can be overwhelming and terrifying if, for example, your roof starts to leak or you come home to a broken window
Of course, if you rent your accommodation, the best course of action should always be to contact your landlord or letting agent. However, there may be times when you can’t get in touch with them, or they’re not in a position to be able to help. Here are some tips to help you to cope with frequent little household emergencies with grace and style.
When we go out, we tend to put our guard up psychologically. When we’re at home, however, this barrier drops, and we’re more vulnerable. Thus, when something goes wrong in the house, we are much more prone to panic. When in a state of fear we can behave erratically and make poor choices, so it’s important to take a few deep breaths (it works) and stay calm. Of course, this is easier said than done when your plumbing springs a leak while you’re in the shower, and you’re suddenly cold and naked but try and step outside yourself and centre yourself if you can, these emergencies won’t last forever.
Over the coming months, the cold weather can wreak havoc with water pipes, causing your boiler to overcompensate. If your boiler is already a little on the old side, then this may push it over the edge, resulting in a breakdown or a leak caused by mounting water pressure. Do not attempt to fix the boiler yourself. If you’re unable to contact your landlord, get a GasSafe engineer. They can stem the damage until your landlord can send their preferred engineer round. You may need to pay their initial fee but get a receipt and explain to your landlord that they need to reimburse you and that you needed to take immediate action to prevent severe damage to the property.
Locked out of the home
If you lock yourself out of the home, do not attempt to break into your home. Your landlord may not refund the costs of repairing damage incurred in doing so or worse yet may press criminal damage charges if they’re of a bloody-minded nature. You may need to defer to the expertise of SJO Locksmith or your local equivalent but be sure to get a receipt so that your landlord can reimburse you. You may even be able to gain ingress into the home without causing damage. See here for some ideas how. Alternatively, you should always keep a spare key hidden somewhere secure for these situations.
A broken window is not only unsightly; it can be a calling card for passing burglars. Whether your window has been deliberately vandalised or broken by accident, it needs to be rectified as soon as possible. If you can’t get your landlord to enlist the help of a glazier, fixing shattered window glass yourself can be surprisingly easy.
Emergencies no more.