8 Ways To Handle A Home Emergency Like A Pro

Suffering a home emergency can be tough, so knowing how to handle it is key. This is especially important if you live with kids and pets, as you’ll want to keep everybody safe. Of course, how you handle the situation will depend on what is going on, but in general, you should take the following steps or similar to ensure that everybody is as safe as possible. 

 

  1. Call An Emergency Service To Help You 

Don’t waste any time – call an emergency service to help you clean everything up. The sooner you do this, the better, because otherwise you may be waiting even longer for them to show. If you can call them before doing anything else, you’ll be able to get everything sorted out much faster. Look for companies that cleanup sewage, or another company that suits your needs. There will be a company in your area that can help you. 

 

  1. Find Somewhere For Your Kids And Pets To Go 

Ideally, you want to get your kids and pets out of the house so they don’t hurt themselves or try to explore the damage. Send them to a friend or family member’s house if you can. If you can’t, then give them strict instructions to stay in one room – only if it’s safe to stay in the house. 

 

  1. Only Remove Valuables If It Is Safe 

You may be worrying about your jewelry and other items, but you should only remove items like this if it’s safe for you to do so. Never put yourself in harm’s way – hopefully, your insurance will cover things like jewelry. 

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  1. Stay Calm 

Always stay calm in an emergency. This can be tough, but the rest of the family will take the lead from you. If you panic and get stressed, they will do the same. This will make the situation even harder to handle. 

 

  1. Call Your Insurance Company 

Call your insurance company. You may have home emergency cover or even just home insurance cover. Get an idea of what you are covered for so you can start putting plans in place and inform them of what has happened. 

 

  1. Never Put Yourself In Danger 

Don’t put yourself in danger during a home emergency. There are various situations that could be dangerous. Flooding can be dangerous, but a fire or a gas issue can be especially dangerous. Don’t try to fix these things yourself. 

 

  1. Shut Off Main Water Valve/Electricity 

You may have received instructions from the emergency company you have called. If not, ask them if you need to turn off the main water valve, electricity, or do anything else to help the process along. 

 

  1. Do A Little Clean Up If At All Possible

Make sure you only attempt this if it is safe to do so. Check with the emergency service provider if you’re not sure. Getting rid of excess water will help to prevent mold and mildew, for instance. 

 

Handling a home emergency can be tough, but the faster you act, the less damage to deal with.

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How to Keep Your Home Clean With Dogs

It can seem like a never-ending battle when you have dogs and you like to keep a clean house. Endless amounts of hair can be found under the sofas and in the rugs. Dirty paw prints are traipsed all through the floors and that wet dog smell just won’t go away. You love them like your children but you wish there was a way of keeping everything clean while letting them enjoy themselves. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Groom Your Dog

All dogs moult. It varies how much dogs of different breeds moult but even if you have a short haired dog, you’ll still find hair everywhere. To stop your dogs from shedding all over your furniture, it’s important to brush them at least 3 times a week; more if your dog has long hair. The more hair on your dog, the more can fall off, so make sure your dog’s hair is cut by a professional groomer on a regular basis. It’s not just to save your furniture. Your dog will need to be cut to stay cool during the warmer months.

 

Install an Outside Tap

Most of our dogs go to the toilet in our gardens at least three times a day. During the Summer months, if the garden isn’t cleaned properly, the smell can intensify. The last thing you want is a waft of something nasty every time you open the back door. Consider installing an outside tap by contacting your local plumbers. The job takes less than an hour usually, and it doesn’t cost much. You can then attach a hose pipe to the tap and you’ve got a way of quickly getting rid of the smell. You can also pick up pet friendly disinfectants at local pet stores.

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Pet Vacuum

When you need to replace your vacuum, it’s worth investing in a vacuum designed for cleaning pet mess. Not only will it be easier to remove hair from furniture and carpets, the sharp suction also allows you to clean up dirty paw prints when your dog has been on a wet or muddy walk. Of course, it’s important to clean your dog’s paws before they enter the main house, but you can never guarantee you’ll get every piece of dirt off them.

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Go for Walks

Exercising your dog is more important than you may think when it comes to keeping your house clean. This is especially important for younger dogs because it ensures their energy is lowered and they’ll have less interest in being destructive. So, if you a cushion you’re particularly fond of, make sure your dog is stimulated both physically and mentally. When a dog is tired, it’s more likely to obey your commands than get into mischief. So, if you tell your dog to wait at the door while you get a towel to dry it’s fur off, it will be more inclined to please you and obey.

 

It may be hard keeping up with mucky pups but the loyalty and companionship you receive in return makes it all worth it.

 

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