Household damage can happen at any time. Sometimes these household traumas are natural disasters that can’t be avoided, but some are actually our fault. Natural disasters are truly devastating, and many Americans bore the brunt of them this past year. The start of the hurricane season destroyed the Caribbean and island towns in a matter of days, leaving devastation in its wake.
When disasters like these strikes, the whole world comes together to try and help. However, when household damage is your fault, it’s an entirely different (and annoying) story. Homeowners need to have a plan in mind for potential problems. Here are just a couple of tips that we have for you.
The Reality of Household Damage
Your Kids Can Be The Cause
Parents know that children can cause some serious household problems – in a matter of minutes. We’ve all seen pictures on social media of children getting their hands on a pen and drawing on everything. Children are a full-time job, and even if you’re the best parent, problems are bound to happen. Such issues can either be a real nightmare, or they could be easily remedied.
If your children used your cream carpet as their canvas, you’ll have a bit of work ahead. The best thing you can do is act fast. Don’t furiously scrub the carpet, as you’ll actually further the damage. If you don’t have a great carpet cleaner, you’ll definitely want to invest in some. In the meantime, use some warm water and gentle dish soap to dab at the damage. Once you have the proper cleaning goods, you can really tackle the problem. If, instead, your children have painted or drawn on the walls, try a Magic Eraser, or some hot water and soap. Should the damage be more severe, you always have the option to paint over it.
Why Water Damage is Truly Devastating
It may be surprising, but water damage happens more often than most people think. And, when it does happen, it can be incredibly devastating to you and your home. Water damage usually happens when a shower or bath leaks from upstairs through to downstairs. Often, this is due to a pipe that’s become loose or, in severe cases, eroded away. The best thing to do is not to panic. Move any possessions out the way and call professionals to start clearing up the damage.
Professionals are usually necessary because the extent of the damage can’t always be seen. And, the longer it is left, the more damage will occur. So, if you’ve noticed the downstairs is soaked, but you can’t see the leak anymore, don’t just assume that the problem has fixed itself.
Here’s the Bottom Line
These are just two incidences of household damage, each at the end of the severity scale. Both may stress you out, but both can be remedied. Stay calm, realize that these are normal and you can sort them out by tackling each situation with a little research in order to not make a bigger mess than you started with.