QUIZ: How Ready Are You For These Common Home Emergencies?

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Are you holding the plunger, or on the phone to the plumber? Let’s find out.

FROM LEAKY SINKS to blocked toilets to late-evening power cuts, there’s a wide and varied list of potential emergencies that can happen in a typical house or apartment.

And while you can’t prepare for every single eventuality, a working knowledge of the basics should be enough to help you survive most household surprises. 

So, let’s find out how ready you’d be for a flooded bathroom, a dripping ceiling or a broken boiler. Take our quiz to test your preparedness for some of the most common household emergencies…

1. First up, a messy problem. The toilet is overflowing. What’s the most likely cause?

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A blocked or clogged drain

Someone has left the taps on

The ceiling is leaking and dripping into your toilet

2. Speaking of toilets, where would you find the fill valve?

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Outside at the water mains
Just underneath the toilet bowl, next to the soil pipe

Inside the cistern

3. A fuse has just blown in your home. You check the fusebox and this is what you see. What’s your next step?

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Call an electrician
Flick down any switches that are up

Flick up any switches that are down

4. Your radiator is leaking and leaving brown stains on the floor. What’s the most likely cause of the strange colour?

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A sewage pipe has burst somewhere
Your radiator is rusty or corroded

Bad water quality in your area

5. The handle on your living room window needs replacing ASAP. It looks like this. What kind of handle do you ask for in the hardware shop?

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Cockspur
Espagnolette or espag

6. There’s a leak coming from your ceiling. The drip is steady, the water is running clear, and it’s a dry day outside. Which is the most likely cause?

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Damaged roofing
Leaky plumbing pipe

7. Which of these is the live wire in a standard plug?

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The green/yellow
The blue

The brown

8. Your washing machine is leaking during a wash cycle, and the water is coming from the back/underneath. What’s the most likely issue?

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A leaky water hose
You’ve overfilled the washing machine

The door catch isn’t functioning properly


Answer all the questions to see your result!

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You scored out of !
You’re more than ready to take on a home emergency!
No leaks or breaks will faze you. For even more peace of mind when it comes to keeping your home safe and sound, read on…

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You’d do fairly well at handling a home emergency…
You know your fuses from your flush valves, but there’s always room for improvement. For even more peace of mind when it comes to keeping your home safe and sound, read on…

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You might need a refresher on the basics. For extra peace of mind when it comes to keeping your home safe and sound, read on…

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