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How to Deal with an Emergency Home Repair



You never know what could happen when it comes to the possible home damage, but, even worse, you never know when this could happen. Because of that, a smart and responsible thing to do for a homeowner is to always have a proper repair emergency plan. So, how can you make sure that this plan will work whenever you find yourself in a pinch? Keep on reading to find out.


Know your contractors


The first thing you need to know when there’s a need for an urgent repair in your home is who to call. Therefore, it is advisable that you actually create a list of renowned general contractors in your area. Don’t forget to ask around for positive word-of-mouth recommendation. You may even want to get in touch with some companies to ask them directly about their policies and other important info. The sooner you’re done with this bit, the easier it will be for you.


Ask about 24/7 service


As mentioned, you can never know when you’ll need to call professionals to deal with the repair. This can be especially troublesome when there’s a storm causing serious problems to your entire area, for instance. Because of that, while creating a list of contractors, make sure to include contact info for those companies that provide 24-hour service. That way, you won’t have to wait for too long.


What to do in case of severe damage?


If the necessary repairs for your home are excessive, you’ll be better off with calling your home agent. Hopefully, you have a homeowner’s insurance. With the help of your agent and an adjuster, the damage will be estimated and covered, and some insurance companies may even have a professional repair service to recommend. Of course, it’s your call who will do the repair work in the end. The important thing here is to know that you have every right to call your agent and ask about your options.


Know when it’s time to call


Truth be told, sometimes it’s more than possible to do an emergency repair work on your own. However, the most important thing here is to know when your skills are enough and when it’s time to call a professional. For example, you may be facing the problem of blocked drains and clogged pipes. Sometimes, all that you need to do is try some of the DIY solutions, such as using bath bombs, salts, vinegar, etc. to unclog the pipes. However, if this doesn’t do the trick, you shouldn’t try to fix the issue on your own anymore. Clearly, this is the right time to call an expert who knows how to handle blocked drains, or any other problem you may be having for that matter.


Open communication


The previous steps involved the emergency repair plan that can help you solve the problem before resorting to contacting contractors. But once they’re at your home, don’t hesitate to communicate with them openly. After all, you need to know whether there’s some other danger that may lead to emergencies or whether there’s a specific way you should handle the repairs afterwards. Also, it would be best to explain what is wrong to the contractor in detail, so that they can get to work more efficiently.

One of the most important steps in your smart emergency home repair plan is not to let yourself get overly stressed and worried. Panic and anxiety won’t help you address the issue quickly and effectively. If you have your list of contractors at hand, keep your cool, analyze the situation and make the much-needed call.