For many homeowners, homes are their biggest investment, and they would do everything to see to it that they remain in perfect condition. However, while many would want this for their homes, not many people know where to start on their home maintenance. In fact, many are held down by their own fear of making things worse whilst they are trying to carry out some DIY repair. This should not be the case. Some repairs in and around the house are so minor that you can handle them with great ease. There are some repairs however that will require you to call in an expert. Below are some basic home maintenance tips.
For appliances that do a lot to provide you with the perfect temperature regardless of the season, most homeowners do not conduct regular maintenance on them. You should bear in mind that if regular maintenance is not carried out, they may eventually siphon out large amounts of money from your bank account to cater for repairs.
For these appliances, check on the condensation hose often to ensure that the water can freely flow. If you notice some stagnant water, be sure to form a drainage path and line it with gravel to prevent the growth of mold and algae, which can lead to serious health problems. The screen that is located on the air conditioner can also be filled with dirt and debris limiting the air flow.
A leaking toilet tank, will cost you a whole lot more on utility bills than it will to repair and maintain. If you are not sure if your toilet tank is leaking water, you could try this trick. Color the water in the tank and come back after an hour to check if the water in the bowl is also discolored. If indeed it is, then your tank is leaking.
In this scenario, you will need to put in a new flapper. For this, you are required to shut off the water supply to your toilet tank, remove the lid and then completely empty the tank by flashing. Disconnect the flush chain from its lever and slide the old flapper off the overflow tube replacing it with the new flapper. After reconnect the chain and turn on the water supply.
If your faucet is leaking, it may be because your washer is worn out. The faucet washers tend to wear out fast as they are made from rubber. For a quick and easy replacement, you will first have to cut the water supply, unscrew the faulty handle, and put a new washer in place of the old one. Nothing could possible go wrong in those simple steps.