5 Simple Home Repair Tips
While this post will be ultimately part of a greater series on home DIY tips, we thought we would start with some of the most common issues people face when they want to do some simple home maintenance.
Home Repair & Maintenance Tips
A leaking toilet is not only super gross it’s also potentially a very expensive repair! A leaking toilet can damage an entire bathroom so if you suspect that the Toilet could be leaking, make sure you put some food dye in the top of the bowl so you can follow where the potential leak could be coming from.
One of the most common areas you will find that could be leaking is the flapper area of the toilet. To ascertain whether the flapper is the problem, remove the lid on the toilet and drain all water from the toilet (turn off the water before you do this) and then mop up any residue water left in the top part of the tank. Remove the connecting chain and overflow pipe/connector to replace the flapper. This is a great opportunity at this point to make sure no other part of the toilet is leaking or damaged as the parts for these components are not usually very expensive. This simple home repair task could have saved you hundreds of dollars in plumber fees!
The faucet is the mainstay to most of our bathrooms / laundry / kitchens. A leaking faucet is potentially quite a frustrating repair but luckily it’s also one of most least complicated. A broken washer or seal is most likely going to be the most common culprit so first turn the water off and then use a common multi tool to remove the faucet where you can easily check for leaks or broken seals. This home repair job is quite simple so make sure you don’t over-complicate the process. If it’s not the washer or or the seal, call a professional to get somebody to look at it.
3. Washing Machine & Dryer
The washing machine… If there is an appliance in your home that could cause a considerable amount of damage if a major leak was to occur, it’s the washing machine! Most people don’t check their hoses regularly and this is a statistical problem due to the amount of insurance claims there are from faulty washing machines. Luckily, a regular check of these hoses can save you a considerable amount of time later as you should be able to diagnose an issue quite quickly before it happens. When you are checking the hoses, look for any discoloration or strange wear, particularly around the hose fitting. Any leaks should be fixed immediately before a small problem turns into a rather expensive issue!
4. Water Heater
So you are showing away and then suddenly… It’s cold. Yes it’s first world problems but still it’s very annoying! It’s at this point where you really need to know that you are confident with repairing your hot water system and really your only option is to call in an expert. However, diagnosing some simple repairs may be the best option so you don’t waste money on some expensive call out fees to your home.
Firstly, make sure the water is turned off and you have the ability to drain the system (assuming it’s electric). You’ll need to be able to drain the hot water system somewhere safe (front driveway where you have plenty of run off for the water to come out. If you don’t have this access, forget about trying to do anything and call a professional, it’s your only really good option for this home repair.
After you have drained the tank, make sure you check every hose and seal for any likely leaks. Sometimes the regulator (model dependent) is the most likely culprit for a leak. Some common sealants can do the job but check with your local supplier as to individual requirements. If the water system is in warranty then you could actually void the warranty by attempting to do any of these steps.
If you are a renting you may be against the terms of the lease to get on your roof in the first place, so make sure you check your rental agreement before getting on the roof for some DIY home repairs!
The most common places you can assess a leaking roof is around pipes, skylights, chimneys etc, places where the roof’s seal is not there will most likely be the a leak or damage. Obviously, if your roof was damaged in a storm or some form of other weather event, check the predominant wind gust areas or impact direction of the hail / branches / trees. If it’s a small leak, a common sealant could get you out of a more expensive repair but be careful when making this decision. A leaking roof can cause serious damage so make sure that you monitor the situation very carefully.
Small jobs around the home can easily be simple home repair tasks, but you need to be careful as to how you approach the problem. Be sure that you are well within the warranty guidelines as you don’t want to avoid a simple warranty repair by voiding your manufacturer agreement. Common small repairs though can easily be worth the time and investment, particularly when it could avoid an expensive call out from a professional. So be careful and make sure you consider all options before attempting any major repair!