Repairs and maintenance are unfortunately a constant and ongoing part of home ownership. There is a finite amount of time in which mechanical components will last. Some repairs or maintenance work will require that you hire a professional. However, there are everyday repairs that a homeowner should be able to do to save money.
Here are five common home repairs that a homeowner should be able to do on their own:
- Leaky Faucets – Leaky faucets can be both annoying and wasteful. The best way to fix a dripping faucet is to turn off the water to the sink and stop the drain with a stopper or towel. When taking apart the faucet, be certain to not lose all of the parts! Most likely, a dripping faucet simply needs a replacement o-ring rubber washer.
- Installing a Thermostat – A programmable thermostat is a great way to reduce your home energy costs. The thermostat is fairly easy to install if you follow the directions with your purchase. Once you remove the old thermostat, you will find several wires which vary depending on your setup. The new thermostat will diagram the wires and detail the proper setup for you. Follow the directions to properly connect the wires to the new device.
- Toilet Repair – Constantly running toilets can also be quite annoying and wasteful of water. Toilets have simple mechanics and are easy to repair because they have such few parts. Once you remove the tank lid, you should easily see what the problems are and how they may be fixed.
- Unclog a Sink – A sink clog could be a blocked P-trap. Check the U-shaped pipe underneath the sink. Place a bucket under the area and unscrew the pipe. Clean it out, replace it and check the drain water flow.
- Unclog a Shower or Tub – Chemical drain cleaners may help with a clogged shower or tub drain. However, it would not be a long term solution. Remove the drain – sometimes this requires removal of a separate piece below the water spout in the tub. Once you remove the drain, you can physically clean the hair or soap residue clog and restore your drain flow. It isn’t the most pleasant repair to make, but this method should help to limit the number of clogged showers/tubs that you get!
The five repairs above are some of the easier repairs or maintenance to make in your home. Are you looking for a home of your own to try your hand at repairs? If you’re in the market for a new home, please contact Robin Brodsky here at www.sellnhouses.com or at (617)270-1120.