4 Emergency Housework Projects That Just Can’t Wait

I feel like there’s always some kind of housework or project to be done around our home. Do you feel the same way? My goodness, when do we REST?! 

Of course, if I didn’t have any projects to do, I would probably be bored, so I guess, bring on the projects!

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No matter what they are, home projects must be put into an order of importance. Into a priority list. Because if something silly gets taken care of before something that gravely effects the entire household, well, there’s no sense in that! So when Joshua Nelson contacted me regarding a post on some emergency projects around your home that simply cannot wait, I figured it would be good for all of us to take a look at his list!

Certain home repairs and improvements are a matter of luxury or enjoyment. They can be “put on the back burner” while you focus on other things. And other housework projects can’t be delayed without risking serious damage to your home’s value and/or living in extreme discomfort.

Here are four emergency housework projects that you should always be ready to tackle as soon as the need for them arises. Always be prepared for them with a complete plan of action and the right numbers to call.

1. Leaking or Burst Pipes

When you awake in the middle of the night to the sound of rushing water, or come home from work only to find your kitchen or bathroom flooded an inch deep, the first thing to do is shut off your water supply to prevent further flooding.

But you can’t do much with a cut off water supply: dishes, laundry, bathing, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, watering the garden, etc. Therefore, your second step must be to contact a 24/7 emergency plumber, like Plumbing Fix, to get you back to “normal” again as soon as possible.

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2. Mold Growth on Your Walls

In the aftermath of a plumbing explosion or a flood, your home may be suffering from significant water damage. Even weeks later, mold may pop up on your walls, ceilings, and trim boards here and there.

Mold and mildew are more than mere nuisances. Black mold, for example, is toxic; and mold spores circulated by your HVAC system can end up being breathed in causing allergic reactions, incessant coughing, or even lung disease. Young children are especially susceptible, as are those with allergies or weak lungs.

Solution: keep the number for a mold removal and remediation company, like Restoration Elite, handy so you can get help 24/7.

3. Aggressive Pest Infestations 

No home is ever 100% rid of all pests, but when a major infestation breaks out, it is important to act fast to avert permanent damage or the spread of harmful pathogens.

Termites can devour your home, bed bugs will give you bloody welts and sores, ants and moths will get into your food supplies, mice and rats will leave trails of bacteria-ridden feces along your walls, and roaches will scare and disgust you. The list goes on.

You will likely want to eradicate your unwelcome guests yourself, but if that fails, waste no time in contacting a local, reputable pest control service.

4. Serious Roof Damage

If you live in a cold climate and your roof gets covered with an ice dam, leaks are likely to develop. Heat drying and cracking up caulk and sealant lines along chimneys, flashing, and vents can also lead to leakage. A bad storm may hurl broken-off tree branches into your roof of pound it with hail till the shingles are dimpled and badly weakened.

Finally, the mere passing of time will lead to asphalt shingles eventually getting brittle and breaking; and high winds may rip random shingles off, leaving portions of your roof dangerously exposed.

Remember that your roof is all that stands between the weather and your home. Water that gets in through your roofing can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs. It’s just not worth putting off a roof job thinking that delay will somehow save you money.

Save yourself the stress by being prepared for the inevitable damages to your home. By having a planned out repair strategy you might even be able to save money in the long run.

Author bio:

Joshua Nelson is a super-connector with ManageBacklinks.io who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Joshua frequently writes about the latest advancements in the SaaS world and digital marketing.

You gave us a ton to think about, Joshua! Thank you!

What is the most pressing repair that your home needs right now? What project just can’t wait?!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

3 Things to do When Housework Leaves You with a Backache

Doing housework isn’t always easy on your body, and many people who vacuum, mop, do dishes, and do their laundry often find that they end up with a backache when they’re all done. If you suffer from backache after doing housework, consider following some of the tips below in order to find some much-needed relief and feel like yourself again.


Try Orthopaedic Spinal Products

There are a variety of orthopaedic spinal products that you can use at home, but you should only invest those products that have been proven to work well and to provide you with safe results. A great option is the Spinal Back Rack back belt, which is really simple to use yet provides incredible results.

All you have to do is wear the back support belt and allow it to increase your mobility and flexibility while reducing your stiffness and pain, from your upper back to your lower back. As you move, you’ll notice that your muscles loosen and that your back pain starts to subside. And the best part is that you can get the relief that you need without having to take any harsh prescription medications that could cause unwanted side effects.

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On the Road in December!

Welcome to 2015, folks! Can you believe it?! I’m still having a hard time with it, honestly! (Mostly remembering to write “2015” instead of “2014”; are you with me?!)

So now it’s time to do a quick peek back at December and see what the top 5 posts were. Are you ready?

5. Sparkle & Shine for the Holidays…with Chairish! – While the holidays are over now, there is still a ton of fantastic vintage jewelry available at Chairish! Make sure you check it out!


4. Managing the Housework in 4 Steps! – Especially with all of the resolutions that I know you’ve made to keep your house cleaner…you need to read this post if you haven’t already!


3. How to Care for Your Tableware – The infographic alone in this post is full of fantastic information!


2. Natural Stone Countertop Cleaning Tips…and Some Helpful Hacks! If you have natural stone countertops or you know someone who has them, this post is for you!


And the number one post for the month of December here on The Road to Domestication is (quite fitting)…

1. The Ultimate Dad’s Guide to Christmas Lighting! Make sure you file this one away for next year!


That’s it for 2014! And now, let’s head on down the road and see what comes up for 2015! I can’t wait!

Managing the Housework in 4 Steps! – A Guest Post!

It’s that crazy time of the year – Christmas week!!! We’re all trying to pull everything together, make sure we haven’t forgotten any food items, or gifts, or events, or anything that could have possibly slipped our minds. And in the midst of the scurry, can I just ask you: is your house clean right now?

My crazy time of the year has passed already, and as soon as it was over with, I got my house back in order. And then, I resumed my regular cleaning schedule. (If you want to see how I do it, CLICK HERE!)

Regardless of HOW we do it, I think we can all agree that there are times the housework gets out of control. And lots of times that can definitely happen around the holidays. So when blogger Sofia Lewis sent me this article, “Managing the Housework in 4 Steps”, I thought we ALL could benefit from it! So let’s check it out…

Managing the housework in four steps

Make a plan.

When you are in a position where you are in charge of the housework, it is a good idea to have your wits about you in terms of how you are going to get it all sorted without impacting on the rest of your life. You will find that one of the only ways to do this is to ensure that you are well sorted in having the tools of the trade ready and waiting for whenever you need to clean effectively and flawlessly at home, as well as ensuring that you are not likely to end up getting stuck cleaning for hours when you could simply be doing a few minutes work. This means having the right technique down, and having a plan for how you approach the cleaning set in place, so that you don’t have to mess about with working it all out each time.

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