Handling Household Emergencies

by DANiEL ILiE 11/15/2020

Photo by Jan Mallander via Pixabay

When you’re a new homeowner in a new community, you don’t always know how to handle unforeseen emergencies. Before that day arrives, take the time to learn your community so that a minor issue doesn’t become a major catastrophe.

Handling Household Emergencies

Whether it’s a burst pipe or a broken window, household emergencies always seem to happen after hours or on weekends when service providers and insurance agents aren’t always available. When your roof leaks during that Sunday morning rainstorm or you find puddles in front of the dishwasher, you’ll wish you already had a relationship with a plumber or a roofer.

Often, emergency repair crews charge extra for weekend or evening callouts. They also might offer a temporary repair to get you through the weekend, but you’ll still need to have a regular service provider come in to complete the work during the week.

Find a Source & Have a Backup

The service provider you choose for regular projects and new installation may not be the only number you need. Ask them if they provide emergency services. If not, who do they recommend? Here’s a brief list of on-call experts you need the names and numbers of to get you through the off hour challenges.

Emergency Roofers: These folks don’t reroof your home, necessarily. Their expertise is in finding the source of a leak — or potential leak in the case of storm damage — and placing a protective cover over it until inclement weather passes. Once the weather improves, they usually offer to inspect the roof for damages and refer you to a crew that performs insurance repairs.

Electrical Issues: Start with your local utility. They often offer emergency services and procedures to prevent a crisis. Once the critical time passes though, you’ll need to involve certified electricians to repair or rewire your home.

Natural Gas or Propane Emergencies: Likewise, should prompt you to call your provider. This is particularly true if you smell gas and cannot identify or turn off the source when checking for extinguished pilot lights on stoves, furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces. Call the gas company emergency line immediately. But do not use your cell phone inside or leave family members or pets in the house. Go outside or to a neighbor’s house to call. They’ll mitigate any urgent issue and propose what needs repairing, but don’t usually repair those issues themselves. Instead, they’ll direct you to licensed contractors experienced in residential gas-line installation and repair.

Weather-Related Emergencies and Natural Disasters: They can happen any time, no matter where you live in the country. Be proactive in learning where the nearest shelters are for tornadoes and hurricanes. Learn the evacuation route and drive it several times if you live in a flood-prone, tsunami or water-surge area. Contact your local emergency services or the American Red Cross to learn disaster preparedness techniques and to find local information. 

About the Author
Author

DANiEL ILiE

Born and raised in Romania, Daniel earned a B.D. in Mechanical Design Engineering and pursued a career in that field until moving to Naples. Having a brother who already lived here, he had come to appreciate southwest Florida’s natural beauty during a prior visit in 2007. Four years later, he decided to claim his slice of paradise, and move permanently to Naples. 

After arriving in Naples, Daniel’s career path took a major turn when he discovered his true calling: connecting and working with people. For the next five years, he was employed in the hospitality industry, working his way up to General Manager for several upscale restaurants, including M Waterfront Grille and L’Angolo on Fifth Avenue.

In 2016, while looking for investment opportunities, he came to appreciate the value of working with a Realtor. It was then he decided to become licensed in Florida real estate, combining his engineering and hospitality backgrounds in order to help others through this often overwhelming process. 

As your real estate professional, Daniel will guide you every step of way, helping to negotiate the best deal possible. Working with his team of referrals, he can help you find the perfect home. Like Daniel, they all share the same passion and commitment to customer service and satisfaction. 

Daniel is proud to be the recipient of several awards since becoming licensed in 2018, including: 

   - 10 Best Real Estate Agents - Florida by the American Institute of Real Estate Agents (2019 and 2020)
- Diamond in the Rough - Florida by Diamond Vanguard Awards (2019). 

He is also certified by National Association of REALTORS® as a Real Estate Negotiation Expert.