If you’ve ever owned a home problems will arise that can be very frustrating and annoying. Most of these problems can be fixed without spending a lot of money. Here are 5 very common problems and ways to fix it cheaply.
Dripping faucets are not only a nuisance it wastes water and money. It can easily be fixed without buying a new faucet. The problem is usually caused by a faulty washer that cost less than a quarter to replace. Make sure the water is off before you start. Get a screwdriver to remove the screws and pull the faucet knob from the stem. Take a wrench to remove nut and stem to expose the o ring and washer. Inspect the o ring for damage then remove the washer from stem and replace it. Reverse the steps to put it back to the way it was. Faucet should be back to normal.
Squeaky doors are a problem especially in older homes. This is caused from the door hinge pin not being lubricated. There are several solutions to this problem and many of them involve products that are found in most homes. The one I like is using some petroleum jelly on the pins. First remove the pins from the hinges. Put a good amount of petroleum jelly on the pins. Mount the pins back in the hinges should slide in easily and wipe off any excess. A few other alternatives include using WD40, bar soap, and cooking oil. They all work well and involve the same process of coating the pins.
Worn Toilet Flapper
The main issue with running toilets is the flapper located inside the bowl. The flapper will get worn/warped faster than any of the other flushing hardware. The flapper is also the cheapest and easiest to replace. Before you start turn off the valve and flush the toilet. Now take the old flapper with your hand and snap it off. If you can’t take it off with your hand use a screwdriver. Detach the chain from the handle. Take the new flapper and snap it back in place. Lastly attach the chain to the toilet handle and turn on shut off valve.
Clogged up Gutters
If you ever lived near a whole bunch of trees you will experience gutters getting clogged up especially in fall. I know having been in the northwest how pine needles and leaves fill up your gutters fast. This is a pain to clean up and can cause some major issues. These include overflowing gutters and more serious issues like roof/ fascia damage. The biggest way to prevent this is to install leaf guard which cost about $2 for a 42″ piece and around $50 total for an average house. It saves s lot of time and hassle. It also saves you the possibility of expensive repairs down the line.
Clogged Sink Drains
Over time drains will get clogged due to debris like hair and food. Most of the time the clog is before you get to the wall. There are a couple ways to unclog a sink drain with common household items. One is using equal amounts of baking soda to vinegar I use 3/4 cups. Let in still for a little while it creates a foam in the drain then Flush it with hot water. If that doesn’t work use a sink plunger like you would use a toilet plunger. Make sure you cover the overflow drain with a rag. Put the plunger over the hole and push down 10-15 times. It should clear the clog if it doesn’t repeat the process. If that doesn’t work than the clog needs more aggressive action. The clog is probably is probably further back inside the wall. You will need to get a auger or hire a professional.