The world of homeownership is more than just binge-watching Netflix all day or doing the laundry during weekends. There’s so much more to owning a home than meets the eye. The unseen and hidden things are often overshadowed by fancy decorations and modern kitchen appliances. As a homeowner, you are responsible for making sure that everything is running smoothly. You’ll have to do minor repairs here and there. Even the anti-DIY should know a few tricks to keep the house in order.
Minor Electric Jobs
Surely, you know how to change a light bulb? You shouldn’t have to call an electrical service every time a bulb is busted. It’s easy as one, two, three. The only important thing to remember is to step on a sturdy ladder or stool and turn the switch off before touching the bulb. Other things you should learn about your home’s electrical system are switching off the circuit breaker and changing the outlet’s cover (which is not about the electrical system, if you think about it).
Is there anything more annoying than a toilet that won’t flush? Again, you don’t need a plumber to do this for you. What you need is a plunger and a bucket of water. If you wait for the water level inside the bowl to drop to the normal level, you can pour a bucket of water to dislodge the blockages. If this doesn’t work, use a plunger or a plumbing snake to clear the toilet. There’s also a compressed air cartridge delivery tools that can unclog the toilet. Although these tools are expensive, they are still a lot cheaper than hiring a plumber.
Consider this as a rite of passage. Leaky faucets are the most common type of home repairs. Although it looks nothing, the Environmental Protection Agency says that American homes waste about 11,000 gallons of water every year because of leaks. To fix a leaky faucet, start by shutting off the water valve. This will stop the water from flowing. You can then tighten screws or examine the washer to see if it needs replacement.
Doorknobs and Locks
If you have a home security system, then you should know how to program that—change the codes and set it up when you’re on vacation. If you have the old doorknob and lock, you should know how to change them when needed. You do this when you’ve accidentally lost the keys to your house or when the doorknob gets jammed frequently. That’s another sign that you need to replace the locks. Door problems are minor and occasional, but when they happen, you should address them immediately.
If your DIY fails at first, don’t get disheartened. Mistakes happen all the time, especially in something as technical as unclogging a toilet or a drain. The key here is to try again the next time and know when to call a professional service provider. One day, you’ll finally get it right, and your home maintenance woes will be a thing of the past.