While certain home repairs require the service of a professional, there are many maintenance jobs that you can handle on your own; without the need to hire the service of a professional. Just some basic skills and tools like Hammer, hand-saw, screwdrivers, power drill, wrenches, pliers, level, square, putty knife, etc, is all you need.
So in this article, we will be looking at five of these basic home maintenance and repair skills every homeowner should learn to become a better home owner. So pay close attention till the end because these skills I am about to reveal to you could save you a lot of money and could also come in handy in case of emergency.
- Unclog a sink
Most times when doing the dishes, we wash some food leftover from our plates and pots to the sink and these leftovers move into sink pipes causing a clog which prevents water from flowing through the pipes. And to get this fixed, the sink has to be unclogged – removing the food particles obstructing the flow of water in the pipe.
There are various several steps you can take to unclog a sink. But we will take a look at the easiest steps.
This is the easiest solution among all the unclogging and it should be the first thing to do when unclogging sink. Boil or get hot water and pour it on the sink. However, Before pouring hot water into the sink, remove as much standing water from the sink as you can, using a mug or small bowl to bail out the water. If the water stands in the sink and the clog doesn’t move, give the water time to cool and remove it to try again.
You may need to repeat the process several times to move the clog, But after several trials and it still did not work, You can now proceed to…
Check Garbage Disposal
Check to make sure it’s not your garbage disposal that’s causing the problem. A clogged disposal can stop up the drain, so run the disposal to see if that clears the clog. Then inspect it to make sure it’s running correctly. If the disposal has overheated, you may need to flip the switch found on the side or bottom of the unit underneath the sink.
If these two techniques did not solve the problem, hire a professional plumber to get it fixed for you.
- Shut off the main water supply
Knowing the main water supply switch in your house may not seem important till you have pipe leakage. Last year, I had a terrible experience with pipe burst – A bucket I was using to bath fell on one of the pipes in my bath room and the pipe burst. And that day, I had already pumped water – so I had a full tank and water was gushing out from the pipe so fast that the whole of my bathroom got flooded in no time.
And this whole incident occurred at night so I could not get a plumber to come help me fix the pipe/ shut off the main water supply from the main switch which I did not know how to or where it was at that time. After all my attempt to find the switch to the main water supply failed, I had to use a nylon to tire the pipe, which helped reduce the rate at which the water was gushing out. Before morning, the water in my tank finished and I had to get a plumber and also tidied my messy bathroom.
So if you don’t want to find yourself in a situation like this, it is important you know the main water supply to your house and how to shut it off.
- Know how to caulk and seal cracks
Caulking fills gaps and cracks to keep air, water and bugs out of
your home. It’s typically done around windows, doors, pipes and walls.
Caulk can be found at most home improvement stores and is made for
Caulking is an easy maintenance task to do, but tough to do right. Squeeze too little out of the caulk tube and you won’t have enough; squeeze too much, and you’ve got a mess. Son you must try to find a balance.
Here is a solution you can use: Snip the tube’s tip about ¼ inch from the end, which will produce the perfect-size bead to spread and smooth with your finger.
- Fixing a loose or cracked tile
Fixing cracked file is another important skill every home owner should know/learn because it will definitely come in handy when a tile in the floor of house is cracked or loose. Fixing a cracked file is a minor problem that you can take care of before it actually gets worse. If the tile is already loose enough that you can lift it (or it’s a wall tile that already fell off), then replacing it is pretty simple with the right materials, but if it hasn’t come out yet, you’ll need to follow a separate set of instructions to actually get it to come off. Don’t worry; it requires more patience than delicate handling.
- Use a fire extinguisher
The importance of having a fire extinguisher in every home cannot be over emphasized. It could be a life saver during fire out break – preventing your house from burning. However, having a fire extinguisher in your home is not good enough, Apart from having it, you must also know how to use it also incase there is an emergency such as fire outbreak.
So it is very important that every homeowner buy a fire extinguisher and also know how to use it to combat fire outbreak.
why are home maintenance and repair skills important for every homeowner?
- home maintenance and repair skills Saves You Money
The first reason home maintenance is so important is that it saves you, the homeowner, money. Although it may take some of your time, It will definitely be worth it because, on the long run you save much more money than if you didn’t do maintenance.
- Your Home Running Efficiently
A properly maintained home will run efficiently making life very convenient to live in. And having these basic home maintenance skills will go a long way to help you achieve this on a low budget. So it is important you know these skills – cracked tile, clog sink, damaged pipe, etc, because it will definitely come in handy.
Home Maintenance Increases your Home’s Value
Another importance of home maintenance is increase in value of your home. As we all know, the value of a house increases with time. However, this is not always the case. The condition of a house plays a very important role in determining the value of a house. If a house is in a good condition – properly maintained, the value will obviously increase. But if the house is in a terrible condition such as when paint pilling off, cracked walls etc, The value will drop.
So It is very important that home owners/prospective home owner learn/know these basic home maintenance skills because it will not only save them money, it could save life.
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