When you buy your first home, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the situation, but there are things to keep in mind now that you’re on your own, without a landlord to consult should emergencies happen. Here are some of the contacts you should always keep on-hand “just in case.”
If you’re new to Toronto, it’s important to keep a record of the basic emergency services available in the city. Of course, the obvious one is 9-1-1, but other resources also exist. toronto.com has a handy guide, with TeleHealth, 1-866-797-0000 , being an important resource if you need medical advice, but the situation doesn’t warrant 9-1-1. Another important resource if you have children is Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6888, which provides emergency service and counselling to children in case of emergency. Toronto also has several 24 hour emergency veterinary clinics, including the Veterinary Emergency Clinic, 416-920-2002, and the Downtown Toronto Animal Hospital, 416-966-5122.
Another thing to be prepared for is a plumbing emergency. While calling a 24/7 plumber isn’t cheap, sometimes if a problem can be dealt with early on it can save you money down the road. Luckily, Toronto has a large variety of emergency plumbers, with a handy directory at http://www.toronto.net/Plumbing.html. Do some research on the various plumbers, or better yet ask your home owning friends for referrals and keep a note of the numbers they provide.
Unlike a plumbing emergency, pest infestations rarely need to be dealt with immediately. However for your own peace of mind, the city has a wide range of pest control services which provide emergency treatment in the case of something like bed bugs. One option is Lemarg, who not only offer emergency pest control but also emergency plumbing, water extraction, mold removal and more. Their phone number is 1-855-753-6274.
One convenient number to remember for city residents is 3-1-1, which gives callers non emergency access to city services twenty-four hours a day. This is the place to call for waste collection, water related issues, property issues, complaints, pothole reporting and more.