Because of lack of knowledge or fear of not being able to do things the right way at their homes, most people end up spending money on professionals. However, most of these work or maintenance activities to be done at home don’t really require you to involve a professional. You can do them by yourself. The following DIY tips and tricks can really reduce that unnecessary strain on your bank account.
Leaks in the Toilet Tank
A leaking toilet tank can be costly in the long run as it can damage your bathroom floor. An easy way of checking if your toilet tank is leaking is by the addition of red food colouring into the water. Allow an hour before you check the contents of your bowl. If the water becomes pink, your tank has a leak. In such a case, you’ll need to change your flapper. Changing the flapper is done by first shutting off the toilet’s water supply. After this you can insert your new flapper by sliding over the overflow tube, reconnecting the chain and turning back on the water supply.
Worn out washer is the main cause of leaky faucets. To replace your worn out washer, you begin by turning off the main water supply. Next, unscrew the leaky handle, remove the old washer and then drop in the new one.
All the tools you need
A significant DIY tip that everyone needs to be doing is ensuring they always have an extensive storage of necessary tools and equipment, so that you can always be prepared especially if an emergency breakdown happens. For the worst case scenario if you don’t have the tool or equipment that you need, you can always get a tool hired.
The Water Heater
Water from the water heater should be drained once yearly and ensure you clean its inside floor. To do this, you should turn off the power and water supply to the heater. After this connect a water hose to the bottom drain fitting. To remove sediments that may have built up, turn it back on with all the faucets still on. After that, you can then close the draining valve, then refill the tanks and finally, power it back on.
You should ensure that you keep water freely flowing through your pipes. The main cause of clogging in pipes is accumulating oils and fats. To unblock the pipes you can run hot water if you accidentally spill the oils or fats down your drain, you can run down the drain hot water and a dishwashing soap. The soap serves to emulsify the oil or fat so that it moves down, thereby preventing a clog.
You should often change the central heat and air unit after a maximum of 30 days. For high-usage months, you should change them fortnightly.
The condensation hose should be checked regularly to ensure that there’s free-flow of water through it. Algae and mould should be kept out from forming in the lines as they can be serious health hazards.
To save money and time in repainting your interior, you can often strategically touch your paint job. You’ll need a spot-on colour match. You can either go for a new paint or use that which had remained when it was painted to roll-over the dirty spots Conclusion These are just but a few DIY tips and tricks that you can use at your home to save yourself some money. There are lot’s of other such tips and tricks that can come in handy for you but these are among the most basic that you need to have.