After you buy your own home, you are responsible for making any repairs because there is no landlord to call for assistance. Fortunately, it is easy to complete do-it-yourself projects when you take the time to watch an online video or when you buy a home improvement book. Use these five pointers to complete some simple repairs in your own home.
Fixing a Faucet That Is Spraying Water
If the faucet tip in a sink is spraying water in all directions, then there is probably a buildup of sediment on the faucet’s screen. This is an easy repair that costs nothing because you only need to remove the screwed on cover on the faucet’s tip to reach the screen. You will notice sediment on the screen that looks like tiny pieces of gravel, but you can brush this debris away to clean the screen.
Next, place the screen back into the tip cover, and screw the tip cover tightly. Turn on the faucet to make sure that the cover is repaired correctly. If you have hard water with a lot of sediments in your region, then you should clean a faucet tip’s screen routinely.
Plumbing Fixtures That Empty Slowly
When the drains of a sink or bathtub empty slowly, the drains are beginning to have a buildup of debris. There are several ways to fix this plumbing problem without calling a plumber. First, you can lift the drain stopper in a bathroom’s sink to determine if there is hair or other debris in the top portion of the drain. You can often use your fingers or a knife to pull this debris from the drain. After removing or loosening this debris, run water for several minutes to clean the drain and pipe.
Another way to eliminate the debris in drains is by using a homemade drain cleaner. Buy a large box of baking soda and a big bottle of white vinegar. Sprinkle some of the baking soda into a sink or bathtub’s drain before adding a generous amount of white vinegar. This will lead to a chemical reaction as the vinegar and baking soda bubble. After the chemical reaction ends, turn on the hot water at the faucet to remove the homemade mixture and loosened debris.
Air Entering around Doors and Windows
If you have high climate-control bills and feel drafts in your home, then you need to repair the crevices around your home’s windows and doors. You can find liquid or roll caulking materials to use around your home’s windows, and you can add these insulating materials to the inside and outside of the window frames. For the crevices around doors, you can add the same type of roll or liquid caulking material, but you can also find rubber devices to attach to a door to prevent drafts.
A Clogged Toilet
Clogged toilets are one of the most common problems in a home, so you should prepare ahead of time by having a plunger available. These devices are available in most home improvement stores at a low price. You should buy a plunger as soon as you move into your new home to have it available quickly when a toilet won’t flush debris completely. With a few fast thrusts with a plunger, you can dislodge the debris in a toilet bowl or its drainage pipe to avoid a filthy overflow of sewage.
Coping with the Leaking Pipes in Bathrooms or Kitchens
The pipes in kitchens and bathrooms can develop a leak, especially during the winter. However, you can cope with this problem by having the tools required to remove the old section of pipe before replacing it with a new piece of pipe. You will need a wrench, lubricants and strong hands to loosen the pipe that is leaking, and you must make sure to buy the correct size of replacement pipe.
Check with your local community college to learn if it offers a low-cost home repair class. With this type of class, you can learn about additional home repairs from knowledgeable technicians. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out for help from a professional like Service Now or someone similar if you feel like you’re in over your head.