A handyman to call every whenever something goes wrong in your home can be costly. Instead, master the basics of fixes yourself. Look through our list of home repairs that homeowners should be able to be able to master!
6 Things Every Homeowner Needs To Know How To Do
- Turn off A Smoke detector Smoke detectors typically come with battery backups. This is the thing you must find when you have to shut the smoke alarm off. If you’re confident that there was an error, remove the batteries.
- Fixing a running toilet The toilet that is constantly running is not only annoying, but also a huge waste of money. Remove the flush valve assembly or the lid over the toilet, and then reposition things a little. Sometimes a slight push can make an enormous difference. If your toilet continues to be running, it might be the time to replace a component or even the toilet itself.
- Unclog a Drain Prior to grabbing the chemicals to clean the drain, use the plunger in a smaller size as well as a drain snake. Once you’ve got all the unpleasant items out then put baking soda down the drain to eliminate the smelly remnants. Begin by mixing the baking soda with 4 cups boiling water, and 1 cup vinegar. Chemical reactions will make your drain sparkling and clean!
- Installation of Weatherstripping If you notice drafts inside your home, it’s the perfect time to add weatherstripping to your doors and windows. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that homeowners can save up to 15 percent on cooling and heating by using this simple solution.
- Fill Cracks and Gaps If you’re looking to seal your home, such as window frames and electrical outlets caulk is a great option. This technique seals gaps and cracks.
- Testing GFCIs: GFCs (ground fault circuit interrupters) safeguard you from electrocution. They’re typically placed where there’s running water. GFCIs are recommended to be tested at least every month. Plug into a light and press the test button of the GFCI. The button will press and the light will turn off, and the reset switch will appear Press the reset button and the light will turn on. If this didn’t happen it means that the GFCI doesn’t work in conjunction with the outlet or your outlet’s wiring isn’t properly. Contact an electrician to fix the issue.