As a homeowner there are some pretty common repairs that you will have to deal with, many of them you can handle yourself without calling in a repair person. Here are some DIY home repairs you can take care of yourself pretty easily. You don’t have to be a handyman to take care of most of them and they will save you a small fortune in future repairs.
Avoid a Leaky Basement
Even small leaks in your basement can cause thousands of dollars in damage and leave you with mold in your home. More often than not the problem is completely preventable and there are steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Water gets into your basement from outside your home and that’s where you need to eliminate it. Start by adding extensions to your downspout so water drains away from your house rather than down the walls of your foundation. Have your gutters cleaned regularly so they are effective. Here is a guide on how to do that.
Find Your Shut Off Valve for Water
You absolutely need to know where the main shut off valve is and how to easily turn off the water. If you ever get a leak or a burst pipe then knowing where the shut off valve is can save you thousands of dollars in damage. You would be surprised at just how many homeowners don’t know where it is. This one is a must!
How to Replace a Doorbell
How many times have you gone to someone’s home and the doorbell doesn’t work? It’s really common and yet something that nobody bothers to fix. If the idea of fixing your doorbell seems like too much work then replace it with a simple wireless model that runs on batteries. You just mount it outside your door where you want it and put the bell somewhere inside your home and that’s it your done.
Re-Caulking the Bathroom and Kitchen
The caulking in your bathroom and kitchen gets dry and brittle over time and you will need to remove and replace it to avoid water damage. You need to caulk around the toilet and tub and around sinks. Removing the old caulking is probably the most time consuming part of the job. You can take it off with a razor blade or a scraper, sometimes you can just peel it off. Once you have the old caulk out then you need to clean the are to remove any dirt then wipe it with alcohol to remove any soap.
Always buy caulking that is meant for kitchens and baths so you keep the area waterproof. You will need to pick up a caulking gun but that is relatively inexpensive at a hardware store. After you apply the caulk wet your finger and run it across the caulk, it will push it into the crevices and give it a smooth finish.
These are just a couple of simple home maintenance tricks you can do yourself, there are plenty of others that are in your skill set. Owning a home is a big responsibility and regular maintenance will save you a fortune in the long run.