A lot of maintenance and repairs in your home are not as tricky as they seem, they are fun to engage in. Some of them require straightforward solutions that may take very little time and less effort.
Doing the minor maintenance yourself will save money, make you self-sufficient and save you the time you would have spent waiting for a handyman, explains BighamAssociates.com.
Below are some tips on maintenance from a professional handyman.
Unclog your drain or toilet
If you have a clogged toilet, you can unclog it using a standard toilet plunger or a drain snake. Insert the plunger into your toilet, make sure it covers the hole and start plunging. Doing this will help you unclog your toilet. You can also insert a drain snake to unclog it.
When your drain is clogged or the water is not draining smoothly, you can use a smaller plunger or a drain snake to unclog it.
Shut off the water supply
You should know where and how to shut off the water supply to your entire house. This is because you can have a burst pipe or a leak that requires plumbing repairs. While waiting for the plumber, you should shut off the water supply to your entire house to avoid water damage.
The valve that can shut off the entire water supply may be located on the side of your house, basement, or garage.
If you are having an overflowing toilet, you don’t need to shut down the water supply to the entire house. The best thing to do is to turn off the valve directly behind the toilet. This will help you reduce water bills until the damage is repaired.
Re-caulk your shower, tub and bathroom fixtures
Over time, the caulk in your bathroom experience the normal wear and tear. It can peel or have molds and mildew.
Re-caulking your bathroom is easy all you need to do is:
Use a sharp object, vinegar, or mineral oil to remove the old caulk
Apply tape and expose only the area you want to caulk
With the help of a caulking gun, apply caulk to the desired area
After the re-caulking, you can use ice cubes or a gloved finger to smoothen it
Replace air filters
Replacing the air filters in your HVAC unit frequently improves its efficiency, prolongs its life span, prevents molds, and circulates higher quality of air. It is recommended that you should replace your air filters regularly (every 30 days or 90days depending on the type) or clean your air filters if they are reusable.
Clear your gutters
If your gutters are clogged with a lot of debris and leaves, they will not be able to direct water away from your foundation. You should clean your gutters every spring and fall to prevent water damage to your foundation and costly repairs.
Inspect your foundation
Wide cracks on your walls are a sign that your foundation is having a problem. During hot weather, inspect the exterior walls of your home for cracks. If you can catch foundation problems early, the repairs wouldn’t be as expensive as it would have been during a late detection.
Clean your dryers and front load washer
Unplug your dryers from the electrical socket and clean them. Clear out the dryer vent and duct. Dirty washers ooze badly and function poorly. They can make your clothes smell terrible.
Front-load washers are always wet after laundry, this makes them grow molds and mildews. You should clean your front load washers at least once every month.
To do this, turn on the appliance to the highest and longest cleaning cycle then add baking soda and vinegar. When this is over, scrub and wipe the rubber seal and drum.
Flush your water heater
A collection of debris on your water heater over time can make it malfunction. To avoid this, you should remove debris and mineral deposits from your heater by draining it once every year.
Monitor your water bill
Sometimes leaks can be challenging to detect. For you to avoid unnoticeable silent leaks that will cause water damage to your home, you should check your water bill every month and compare them. If you notice any amount higher than the average, get a plumber to help you check for leaks.
Wash your windows and sidings
Clean windows and sidings improve the curb appeal of your home. You should wash your sidings twice every year (during fall and spring).
The bottom line: Tips on Maintenance from a Professional Handyman
Doing minor maintenance in your home will help you save time and money. It will also make you self-sufficient.
You should remember to always seek the services of a professional for bigger issues that you cannot handle. Call your handyman if you would rather save time and spend it on something else.