How to Handle 4 Home Emergencies at the Drop of a Hat



If you aren’t sure how to get prepared for common household emergencies, here is some bits of advice to help guide you through the process:

Emergency #1: Your Toilet is Overflowing

This home emergency can be quite unpleasant, but it’s common and quite fixable. If your toilet is overflowing with water, the first step is turn off the water supply. Grab a plunger with a bell-shaped end and push the plunger up and down several times over the hole. 

If this doesn’t stop water from flowing, you should reach for your toilet auger—it’s a long coil tool with a cranking handle. If you don’t have one of these, you can buy one up for as little as $7 on Amazon. This will help pull out clogs that are hard to reach.

Emergency #2: Your basement is flooding

This is another home emergency that will make any homeowner cringe. Whether your flooding basement is a result of clogged gutters or clogged pipes, it’s important to tend to the situation with haste.

The first step is to use a canister vacuum that is designed to collect water. You could also use a squeegee and mop up as much water as possible. Be sure to run fans and a dehumidifier if you have one—it’s important to keep moisture out so you can prevent mold.

If you’re in over your head with water, shut off the main water line and immediately contact a professional.

Emergency #3: Your Pipes are Frozen

Is your facet failing on a frosty morning? Frozen pipes may be the culprit. Pipes most commonly freeze when they are located near an exterior wall or within crawl spaces around your house. If you suspect that you have frozen pipes, open your faucet and use a hairdryer or heating pad on the frozen part of the pipe. Hold it in place until water begins to flow again. If you have reoccurring problems with frozen pipes, consider using slip foam sleeves to insulate the pipes.

Emergency #4: Wild Animals in Your Attic

If you come across a raccoon or squirrel in your attic, don’t panic. Be sure that you isolate the animal by closing all the doors to every room in your home. Don’t try to chase it out—it will just hide, and don’t recruit your dog to chase it away.

Instead, contact the local Charlotte animal control at 704-336-7600. 

We hope this post helps you to be prepared for these common home emergencies. Contact Universal Windows Direct today if you’re having trouble with your roof, gutters, siding, or windows.