Your home is one of the most expensive things you will ever pay for. So whether you’re renting or owning, it is important that you take good care of it. Fixing common problems is part of the bargain. Even if you aren’t a DIY enthusiast, there are a few basic home repairs and projects you should be familiar with.
Fixing up your house almost always raises its value (unless you do a bad job) which then means you’ll make more profit by putting your home into a higher value mortgage bracket.
Below are the most common home repairs you should know how to do yourself:
- Repairing a Faucet Washer
Leaky faucets may seem like a small problem, but all those wasted drops slowly add to your water bill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average home wastes about 90 gallons of water per day through leaks, which translates to about 10,000 gallons of wasted water a year.
Most leaks are easy to fix and only require a few tools. Start by closing the shutoff valve, unscrew the tap handle and then remove the packing nut. Now unscrew the faucet valve stem and remove it from the case. Finally, replace the washer then put the tap back together.
Be sure to fit the faucet with the correct size washer since the wrong size can cause more problems.
- Unplugging a Clogged Toilet
A clogged toilet is a very common household plumbing problem. Toilet clogs are messy and stressful and seem to happen at the most inopportune moments.
Fortunately, most clogs can be cleared with a good plunger. To clear a clog, place a plunger in the toilet then perform 8 to 10 downward thrusts. Make sure the suction cup is submerged in water before performing the thrusts. If the clog doesn’t clear up, try using a toilet auger or a plumbing snake.
- Preparing Your Paint Jobs Like A Pro
One of the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement activities is interior painting. Not only does it help you achieve the best possible results but it also makes the painting a breeze. It’s a fun, quick and, most importantly, affordable, way to freshen up your rooms. Moreover, it isn’t difficult and doesn’t require specialized training. To prepare a room for painting, remove furniture, wall plates, wall hangings, curtain rods, and wall hinges. A good paint job starts depends on a well-prepared surface. Cover the floor then patch any gouges and nail holes then sand rough spots. Clean the walls with a microfiber cloth then apply primer to any sanded areas. Lastly, mask baseboards and mouldings with painters tape then lay drop cloths. Protect your floors and furnishings from paint spatters by utilizing plastic drop cloths. They are quite inexpensive but it’d be better if you invest in canvas ones. Use a telescoping extension pole for your paint roller and use a paint grid, definitely not a tray.
- Dealing with Doors
A squeaky or creaky door can drive anyone insane. The problem is often caused by friction as the hinges rub or wood rubbing against wood. Fixing squeaky door hinges is pretty easy – all you have to do is lubricate the hinge pin then move the door back and forth to work the lubricant into the hinge joints. If the hinge pins are covered in rust, scour them with steel wool then clean them with a small wire brush.
- Installing Caulk
Caulking can be a small job with big results. It is an effective way of reducing air leaks and preventing moisture from getting into the building envelope. Be sure to use a quality caulking compound well suited to the task. When caulking, start by cleaning the area and removing any loose debris. Hold the gun consistently at a 45-degree angle and apply the caulk in one continuous stream.
You do not need to be an expert to get your home back in shape. It’s important to inspect your caulking now and to make sure it is still sealing the places that it was intended to seal as it serves as a watertight sealant, protects your house from energy loss and from unwanted outdoor creatures or dirt.
These five common home repairs will ensure your home stays in a perfect condition. However, not all issues can be resolved with this blog post. Where safety is concerned or when in doubt, hire a professional to take care of the problem.