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Dealing with Common Emergencies At Home

by Tom Benoit & Associates 04/14/2019

No homeowner ever wishes to have to deal with certain emergencies at home, but in the off chance that you happen to face any of these common ones, there's no need to fret. Just follow these instructions, and you may be surprised at how well you handled the situation.

1. Leaking Roof

While you call a professional roof repairer, try to locate the source of the leak, and use a bucket to collect the water. Next, move all electrical appliances that are close by, and also switch off all the general power outlets until repairs are complete. You should also move furniture and soft furnishings out of the way to avoid permanent damage to them. If they are too heavy, you should cover them with plastic sheeting or heavy towels. Remember to ask the roof repairer for an assessment of the general condition of the roof to prevent future leaks.

2. Burst Pipes

Two significant signs of a burst pipe are an unwanted pool of water or a trickling sound that appears to come from within a wall cavity. If you notice this, first move all electrical items safely out of harm’s way. Then do what you can to stop the water supply to the entire home, then switch on both your cold and hot water taps. Drain them completely so that no more water comes out. Speak to a plumber and relay the location of the puddle or dripping water and information on whatever steps you've taken. You will get instructions over the phone about any further steps to take. But most likely you'll need a professional visit. 

3. Blocked Toilet

A clogged toilet definitely is one of the most dreaded household emergencies. While there are many likely causes for a blocked toilet such as foreign objects or children’s toys, poo is the most likely culprit. Having a sturdy plunger on hand will prove to be most helpful, as in most cases, drawing up the blockage is the best way to budge it. If that doesn’t seem to get the job done, find an old mop stick that you can use to wedge down into the bowl and try to dislodge the blockage. If neither of these tactics works, then it’s time to call in the cavalry—a licensed plumber. Meanwhile, on the off chance that you need to use the toilet before it's fixed, you might have to visit the neighbors you have been friendly to throughout the year.

Knowing what to do is essential to dealing with emergencies, and these are simple steps that anyone can follow.

About the Author

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Tom Benoit & Associates

MEET THE BENOIT ASSOCIATES TEAM

TOM BENOIT - Tom Benoit is a licensed broker with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the #1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1 real estate brokerage in Marin County and beyond. With years of previous successful sales experience, Tom began his real estate career in 1989,building his business not by cold calling or mass mailing, but by dedicating himself to client satisfaction. Today, Tom and Benoit Associates gets 85% of its business from referrals from satisfied clients and is recognized as an honest,hardworking leader in Marin County real estate.

In addition to being one of Marin County's most knowledgeable and productive agents, Tom is also a regular real estate educator and lecturer, teaching classes for agents within Coldwell Banker and appearing on radio programs such as KNEW's "Rock Roll and Real Estate". 

Always in the Top 2% Nationwide of successful Coldwell Banker agents, Tom has sold over 800 properties since 1989!

Additional Information about Tom: 

• Born and raised, in a family of six siblings, in Northern Indiana 

• Graduate of Purdue University; Alumni of Delta Chi Fraternity

• Hobbies include: photography; aviation; travel; fishing; movies; reading; and playing banjo & piano 

TONI BENOIT - Tom's wife, Antoinette "Toni" Benoit is a San Francisco Bay Area native and University of Southern California graduate. Toni has over 20 years of experience as a Realtor, is a member of the Marin and Sonoma County Boards of Realtors, and is active with the Women's Council of Realtors.

Toni assists in holding Broker and Sunday open houses and follows up with agents who have shown or previewed our listings. To increase exposure of each of our listings, Toni is also a member of Real Tours, a networking bus tour group consisting of the county's top Realtors from all brokerages who preview each other's listings, offering feedback and suggestions about how best to sell the property at the highest price possible. 

Complimenting her experience as a Realtor, Toni worked for years as a Certified Paralegal. Toni's legal experience and contacts make her a special asset with unparalleled experience compared to other Marin County real estate teams.

BEN KLUGMAN - Ben Klugman is a longtime Marin County resident, UC Berkeley graduate, and licensed Realtor who joined our team in 1999. Ben oversees office operations and is involved with every aspect of what we do. He prepares CMA research and listing presentations, assists in creating marketing plans and materials, holds open houses, shows homes to buyers and assists in preparing properties for sale. Ben provides seamless service to our clients throughout all transactions by closely monitoring and coordinating each step forward, ultimately ensuring that each of our client's specific needs are met. Ben's professionalism, knowledge and dedication to excellent client service make him an integral part of our trusted advisory team.

What You Can Expect from Tom, Toni & Ben

  • You can expect us to treat your transaction as the most important one we've ever done and be very sensitive to the fact that it might be the most important real estate transaction you've ever done.
     
  • To ask you the right questions and listen "attentively" to your needs, wants and wishes, always putting your interests first.
  • We will strive for excellence in everything we do for you, and always be aiming to exceed your expectations.
     
  • You can expect us to be honest and candid, even if it might be something you don't want to hear.
     
  • If you should list your home with us, you can expect the most innovative marketing, so as to present your home in the best possible light, with "cutting edge" technology and always in a very professional manner.
     
  • Unlike a lot of other agents, we will return your calls promptly, and if you work with us, you'll find that we most often pick up every call. In other words, you will get a human being most of the time, when you call the office. We take pride in that "Old School" service.
     
  • We will always give you our best advice and constantly look after you, as though you were a member of the family.
     
  • We still keep a lot of "Old School" values such as being on time, doing what we day we'll do, when we say we'll do it.
     
  • We want you to feel like "First-Class Passengers" on our airline. We will never take you for granted.