When you experience a home emergency, it's normal to freeze, especially if this is your first time dealing with a specific incident. Our real estate agents encourage homeowners to prepare for a home emergency before it happens. Follow these tips to stop a home emergency in its tracks.
- Know the Location of Your Home's Water Shutoff Valves
When you're dealing with a leak, burst pipe, or other plumbing-related emergencies, one of the first things you need to do is shut off the water to your home. This will prevent your home from flooding and minimize water-related damage.
Your home has two water shutoff valves. One is located close to where your property meets the street, and the other is situated inside your home. The shutoff valve inside your home is usually your best option when you need to turn your home's water off quickly.
You may be able to turn the valve off by hand, but some valves are easier to maneuver with a wrench. If you do need a wrench, make sure you own one and know where it's located.
- Have a Plan for Dealing with a Clogged Toilet
A clogged toilet is something that eventually happens in every home. Have a plunger in each bathroom, and make sure it's the right kind of plunger for unclogging a toilet.
A toilet plunger has a rubber flap that extends from the inside of the cup so that you can create a seal over the toilet's drain when you're plunging it. If your plunger doesn't have this rubber flap, it's meant for unclogging sinks.
You should also know where the water shutoff valve for your toilet is located. Most of the time, it's situated near the back of your toilet. If your toilet starts to overflow, turning the valve off will keep water from continuing to flow into your toilet.
- Understand the Safest Options for Extinguishing Different Types of Fires
After you purchase one of the Wichita homes for sale, you should ensure that the home has an ample number of fire extinguishers.
Every home needs at least one. If your home has multiple levels, have an extinguisher on each level. You may prefer to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen that's designed to extinguish grease fires.
If your fire extinguisher isn't approved for grease fires, know that you can put out a grease fire by covering it with a metal lid and dousing it with baking soda. Never use water to put out a grease fire; it will make the grease splash and potentially burn you or spread the fire.
Safety matters first and foremost; the best thing to do if a fire breaks out is to call 911 immediately, get everyone out of the home, and wait for the fire department to arrive.
- Prepare in Advance for a Power Outage
While you can occasionally anticipate a power outage, others occur without warning. Have supplies on standby so that your household is prepared for an outage.
Some items you should have on-hand include flashlights, batteries, a charging block, non-perishable food items, a manual can opener, and bottled water.
If your neighbors have power and you don't, one of your home's electrical breakers may have tripped. Know the location of your home's electrical panel and see that your breakers are labeled so that you can reset them if necessary.
Overloading an electrical circuit will cause the breaker to trip and cut power to the portion of your home that relies on that electrical circuit.
A little preparation can help you mitigate most home emergencies before they become major issues. Are you ready to start searching for your family's next home? Contact us today to get started!