Home maintenance is of course the first step in keeping your house in good condition and ensuring that everyone in your household is safe from accidents resulting from faulty wirings, weak foundation, cracked flooring or anything else that’s broken around the house.
However, there would be times when you need to do a bit of home repair because of wear and tear.
The very first thing that you need to always consider on home repairs is to never ever delay the repairs! Delaying the repairs will not make them go away and they may even result in a much bigger problem because of procrastination.
1. Check for broken or used-up items in your fixtures. First, check all your light bulbs and see if anything needs replacing. More often than not, when a specific lighting fixture isn’t working, it’s just a simple matter of replacing a burned light bulb with a new one.
Check all your electrical appliances as well to see if they are functioning properly. Appliances include your electronics in your home theater system, washing machine and dryer, kitchen appliances and bathroom gadgets such as curling irons and hair dryers.
If any of your appliances are acting up, refer to your manual to learn how to troubleshoot.
2. Clogged drains and leaky faucets. For clogged drains, there are usually commercially available products that have strong chemicals that can unclog drains by pouring the product directly down the drain.
It is advisable however to keep yourself protected when handling any product with strong chemicals. Never let the product touch any part of your skin or your body especially your eyes.
For leaky faucets, you can unscrew the faucet handle and see if the washer needs replacement. Sometimes, the “stem” has been corroded because of wear and tear. You can find a replacement stem in any hardware store. Make sure you take your old stem with you so you can get the exact model that you need.
3. Broken tiles or damaged flooring. Broken tiles in the bathroom may result to accidental cuts especially among children. To avoid this kind of occurrence, you should immediately work on your bathroom tiles.
Whether the broken tiles are on your bathroom walls or on your floor, you can replace the tiles with new ones easily. You do not have to replace your entire bathroom flooring or tiles on your walls especially if there are just a few broken ones.
Damaged flooring in your living room, kitchen or bedrooms can also be replaced whether you have hardwood floors, vinyl or tile flooring. Bald patches on your carpets can be easily replaced with a new carpet patch of the same material. Simply cut-off the bald patch, insert a double-sided carpet tape and attach your new patch on the area.
4. Professional repairs. There are certain areas that you may not be too confident to work on such as your plumbing or electrical wirings. In cases such as these, it is always best to get the help of a professional plumber or electrician to avoid further damaging the broken areas and accidentally harming yourself.