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Everyone tries to keep their property running smoothly, and you might even learn some household fixes so you can overcome minor emergencies with confidence. But, there are still some scenarios that demand more assistance, whether it’s professional help or a hand from your nearest and dearest. So, who can you call in an emergency, and how do you know that you’re calling the right person?
Who To Call In A Household Emergency
If there is an emergency, you need to call the emergency services. However, understanding what an emergency is can be tricky for some people, and they may even call the police over a noisy party or the ambulance after taking a small tumble in their garden. A problem classifies as an emergency when someone or something is in immediate danger or after your home has been burgled, among other things. If you call the emergency services for any issue, you may end up with a stern talking to for wasting their time.
Not all emergencies revolve around injury or crime, and there could be a few household issues that require a plumber or electrician, among other local contractors. These emergencies are most common if you have a gas leak or notice flooding from a burst pipe which you cannot fix yourself. Similarly, electricians can be beneficial if your power goes out and no one else on the street experiences the same problem and you need to keep the power on for any number of reasons.
Friends and Family
While emergency services and contractors can be helpful, they may not be able to get to your house as quickly as you’d like. In cases like this, calling upon your friends and family to handle a few minor emergencies can save you time, stress, and even money. Of course, this only works if your friends and family live close enough to drop by whenever you call them, and only if they know how to deal with whatever household emergency you’re currently experiencing.
If your friends and family aren’t picking up the phone (likely because they’re busy), your neighbours could lend a hand if you need it while waiting for the professionals to arrive. It’s always better to have a good relationship with your neighbours just in case you ever need their help, so don’t be afraid to be friendly and introduce yourself when you get the chance so they get to know your face.
While it would be nice to own property, the market doesn’t make that as easy as you’d like. Still, having a landlord can have its benefits, especially when you learn what the landlord is responsible for in the property. There are various issues that the landlord must pay for in case of any damage or accidents, including broken appliances, rising dampness, or criminal damage. As these repairs can be expensive for the renter, knowing that the responsibility falls to the landlord can offer peace of mind.
While you hope you never encounter an emergency at home, especially one you can’t overcome by yourself, it’s comforting to know that you have people to call upon if necessary, whether they are professionals, family, or helpful neighbours who want to keep their neighbourhood in excellent shape.