Home ownership can be rewarding in its own way, but sometimes repairs require professional assistance.
Home repairs don’t have to be difficult for DIYers; in fact, there are plenty of simple tasks you can complete on your own that won’t take much time and minimal tools are all that’s required!
1. Fix your faucet
Leaky faucets can be an inconvenient and expensive nuisance. Additionally, their leakage increases your water bill and can contribute to mold and mildew growth; so it’s vital that this issue be taken care of immediately.
Prior to beginning any repair efforts, it is necessary to identify what kind of faucet it is – there are four categories: cartridge, compression, ceramic disk and ball type.
Compression faucets rely on rubber washers to seal their valve seats, which over time may wear down and need to be replaced.
To install or replace this part, a special tool available from plumbing supply stores will be necessary. These kits typically cater to specific faucet brands and models.
2. Fix your leaky toilet
If water pools around the base of your toilet, it’s time to act. A leaky toilet can pose serious threats to both you and your home including damage to floor tiles or flooring as well as stained walls.
There are a few straightforward home repairs you can complete yourself to resolve and prevent future toilet issues.
Start by turning off your water supply and identifying where the leak is occurring, then gather all necessary repair supplies – wrench, screwdrivers, a rag and cardboard box among them – before beginning repairs. After finishing them up use antibacterial bathroom cleaner to cleanse away any bacteria left from leaking water.
3. Fix your leaky pipes
Leaky pipes can do severe damage to your home. A leak can destroy ceilings, floors, walls and carpets as well as contribute to mold growth in your carpets and even encourage mildew growth in other places around the home.
As luck would have it, there are easy DIY repairs you can perform yourself to quickly address leaky pipes until professional help arrives.
Start by turning off the water supply at the main valve closest to where your leaky pipe is located – whether that be near your meter, near where the water line enters your house or wherever.
4. Fix your leaky roof
Roof leaks can do significant damage to a home, so it’s crucial to address them as soon as they arise. Luckily, there are a number of simple home repairs you can perform yourself until a professional can come take care of it for you.
Step 1: Locate a Leak – To locate a leak, the first step should be identifying where water is entering your home. Use a flashlight to shine around ceilings and search for black or white stains to indicate an issue.
Next, go into your attic to check for leaks. If they’re present, take steps such as rolling up fiber insulation batts or scooping loose-fill cellulose insulation with a dustpan and setting it aside.
5. Fix your leaky faucet
Leaky faucets can be an irritating, time-wasting issue that wastes gallons of water every day – but fixing one is an inexpensive project that could save money in the long run.
Faucets are comprised of many moving parts that work together to deliver water flow. Unfortunately, over time these components can wear down and fail, which leads to leakage of water from them into your plumbing system.
If you discover a leaky faucet, first determine its type (cartridge, ball, ceramic-disk). Each fixture requires different parts in order to repair.