Updating your home is one thing; making sure your space is safe for habitation is another. While many look at home improvements as adding value to their property and their personal enjoyment, for others they are necessary—some of them right away.


Here are a few “fixes” that can spell emergency if not handled right away:


Leaky Pipes

Not only do leaky pipes increase your utility bills, they can be an indication that there could be more trouble. Having your pipes burst can mean thousands of dollars in repairs, not only of the pipes but anything else that could have been damaged in the fray: furniture, flooring, walls, and more.


Lack of Heating

No one wants to willingly live through a winter without heat. It’s not pretty. If your furnace breaks, you’ll want it fixed right away. Why? Because even if you can use space heaters or a wood-burning fireplace, in the meantime, you need a long-term solution that won’t cause your bill to skyrocket. Besides, if you wait for a super cold day, chances are you’re not the only one with a broken furnace and the line up will be long.


Blocked Plumbing

You want your plumbing to be going down, not back up! A blocked drain, toilet, or back flow from an external issue is not something you’ll want (or likely can) delay with. It requires immediate attention so that you can use your flowing water to wash, bathe, launder and more.


Gas Leak

Gas is dangerous because you can’t see it—but you should be able to smell it! If you suspect that there’s a gas leak in your home, evacuate yourself and your family immediately and call from outside. Natural gas is highly flammable, so should be taken very seriously and any actions to fix the issue should be done by a qualified person only.


Broken Door

A broken door can be an easy access point for burglars who can steal or damage your possessions. If your door or lock is broken, it should be replaced right away. Failure to do so can result in huge damages, and your insurance company won’t be too thrilled about the way in which the thieves accessed your home.


While financing these emergencies can be difficult even for a family with a solid financial status, bad credit loans are possible to get. It might be the only option that will allow for you to deal with the issues at hand before they lead to more substantial damages that can threaten the safety of your home and family.