4 HOME TRUTHS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW

 4 HOME TRUTHS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW

 Home is where the heart is, as they say. For many of us, we don’t feel as secure and calm in our own houses as we do anywhere else. Even then, there are many things about your own house that you probably don’t know – and probably should. These things often come up without warning, and you don’t want to find yourself wondering what to do in the middle of a mishap. Here is a list of four things that you probably need to know about your house.
Location of your circuit box
Many people look blankly when the electrician comes knocking on their door and asks them where the circuit box is. All of us have been in a situation where the power has shorted and it needs to be started up again. Sitting in the dark without knowing where your power box is sounds like a bad scary movie. The only thing missing in that scene would be a white apparition floating in the moonlight outside the window. Most power boxes are present quite close to the front door, often in the utility area. So go ahead, find yours now so that you can later find it even in the dark.
The main water taps
After electricity on the list comes water. If there is a burst water pipe and there is water spraying into your house, do you know at least how to stop a flood? When your kitchen is flooding, one way is to litter the place with buckets to catch all the excess water. An easier way is to shut off the main water tap. But how will you do that if you don’t know where it is? Exactly.
Location of the fire extinguisher
After electricity and water comes fire. Not surprising. It’s important to be ready for an emergency of all kinds, and being caught in a fire is as nasty a situation as they come. Not only do you need to know where the fire extinguisher is, but you also need to know how to operate it. We suggest that you practice with an extinguisher in your backyard until you know your way around the knobs. Yes, you will waste some of its contents, but it’s nothing when you set it aside the lives of you and your loved ones.
How to unclog a drain
The temptation is to call the plumber whenever something goes wrong and ‘let the professional get it’. But if the need of the hour is a drain cleaning, you can give it a go yourself. Hair and makeup can clog a drain quite simply, but they can also be unclogged easily. Vinegar, hot water and baking soda do the job well, and so does water pressure that comes from filling the sink completely and letting go. So give it a go next time, and be quite the handyman in the house.
 
 
 

Daisy Akhtar

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