Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Home Repairs And Upgrades You Can Attempt On Your Own


In the pursuit to keep our homes looking as beautiful and professionally built as possible, sometimes taking a few home repair steps is necessary. It makes sense to keep little repairs taken care of because that prevents you having to tackle bigger problems. Keeping an eye on the condition of your house once a month will help you figure out what issues to tackle first, and which ones to call professionals for.

Sometimes though, there’s no need to worry about hiring a professional. Sometimes, you can save money fixing the issues yourself. With the right tools, you can become a regular DIY Joe and gain a deeper understanding of the construction of your property in the process.

Toilet Lever

If your toilet is struggling to flush, the lever inside the back basin could be loose. Open the lid and identify the screw that’s holding the lever up. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten it and fix the problem. Toilet levers are one of those little intricacies in your plumbing setup that you probably don’t think about, but on a daily basis, especially if you have a family, it could be used more frequently than you’d originally assume. These things usually last a while, but making sure that this isn’t the first reason your toilet isn’t flushing could help you prevent a costly handyman call-out charge.

Levelling Tables

Tables, over time, are sure to become uneven/unbalanced by the sheer amount of use they get. If it’s not level, you’ll find it knocks back and forth with an annoying ‘thud’ sound. Wood wears down, and in humid environments can become tighter. In order to fix this, flip the table over and attach wooden feed or thin blocks of wood to make sure that the table is level from all angles. Ensure that you have the correct angle using a digital angle finder, to best find the angles of your table in those hard to reach and read scenarios.

Unclog Drains

It’s inevitable you’re going to encounter a clogged drain once in awhile. Through no fault of your own, debris can accumulate in the drain and overflow your toilet, which is never a pleasant experience. You’re going to need a plunger to remedy this. Make sure you give it a good few strong plunges before you call out the plumber. You’re likely to unclog the problem using force alone. Just be sure to wash your hands afterward.

Leaky Pipes

You’re also likely to encounter leaky pipes in your time as a homeowner. In fact, it’s guaranteed. If you call a plumber every time this happens you’re likely to never move up the property ladder. First, assess where the leak is dripping and place a container underneath it to collect the water. Next, switch off the main water valve in your house. This might be in your garage, or it might be right next to your sink.

If there’s a loose washer causing the leak, tighten it with a wrench or replace it entirely. For holes in the piping, it might be easy to replace the piece of pipe. If the pipe is clogged, there’s a likelihood you’re going to need a professional. Be sure to keep the water mains off until the issue is fixed to prevent adding to the problem. Water issues are tricky because incorrectly handled, they can cause water damage to your property.

Be pre-emptively smart about these issues and you’ll be sure to avoid a nasty growth in problems. Plus if you complete them well, you’ll certainly feel good at accomplishing the necessary repair.

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