When it comes to home repairs, many homeowners love calling the repairman. DIY repairs can be a bit of a challenge, even for more experienced DIYers.
However, feeling involved in making your home a better place is both rewarding and satisfying. Here are a few DIY home maintenance repairs that you should try before contacting a contractor.
1. Keep Your Drains Clear Of FOG
In order to take care of your drains, you need to be aware of FOG. What is FOG? FOG is an acronym that refers to fats, oils, and grease that accumulates in the sewer system.
Why should you worry about FOG and what does it have to do with your drains? It is not hurting anyone. Wrong! If you do not worry about it, FOG will cause you a lot of pain and heartache.
Your drains work like the arteries in your body. Eating fatty and greasy foods like pizza or hamburgers a few times a year will not clog your arteries. However, if they are a part of a steady diet, they will clog your arteries and put you at risk of a heart attack.
The same goes for your drains. If you continue to put FOG down your drains, over time it will build up and eventually clog your drains, which can cause your sinks to overflow.
If that happens, you will have to clean out your drains yourself or pay someone to do it for you. That does not include fixing any water damage caused by the overflow.
2. How to Unclog your Shower Drain
Since you'll be dealing with some "icky" material, it is best to put on some rubber gloves before starting the cleaning process. The first step to unclog your shower drain is to use a screwdriver to remove the drain plate.
Be sure to set the screw safely aside to avoid losing it down the drain. In some cases, you might be able to unclog your drain simply by reaching in with your fingers and removing the dirt and hair.
If you still have a clog, you can take an old wire coat hanger and straighten it out, leaving only a small bend at one end to use as a hook. Using the coat hanger, remove as much hair and dirt as you can from the drain.
You can also buy a drain snake from your local hardware store and follow the instructions listed on the packaging. Last, but not least, you can try using a wet/dry vacuum to draw the clog up and out of the drain.
Don't forget to secure the drain plate back on the drain when you've completed the project.
3. Garage Door Lubrication
A garage door looks pretty solid, but it is actually made up of a series of moving parts. Like any machine or device that features moving parts, eventually, those parts will require lubrication.
Certainly, you can ignore them, perhaps even for a long while. However, without lubrication, the moving parts of a garage door will begin to interact less smoothly with each other. Wear will increase as they begin to rub with each use and the unprotected metal may even begin to rust.
It is this wear and rust that will result in a very costly repair, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually. Yet, with simple lubrication, you can make that "eventually" come much later in your garage door's life cycle.
4. Save Money with Carpet Stretching
Carpet stretching is the process of putting your carpet back into place. Over time, the traffic on your floors will start to loosen up the carpet from where it was initially tacked into place.
This can create bubbles in the carpeting that can look like speed bumps in a parking lot. These speed bumps are removed by stretching out the carpet so it can be reattached to the original anchors at the baseboards or door seams.
5. Go a Step Further with Carpet Repair
You may think that your carpet has been through the wringer, and even with the stretching service, that it's still better to replace it. Before you go that far, remember that carpet repair is another option.
The damage that has occurred from your pets or accidents can be repaired to help you prolong the life of your old carpet until you can replace it.
6. Clean and Reposition Your Gutter System
Everyone knows that falling leaves can muck up a gutter system. But even if your house doesn't have any trees around the perimeter, now is the time for a quick maintenance check to make sure everything is ready for winter.
- Check for dirt and debris. Even without leaves around gutters can catch a lot of detritus.
- Look for nests, sweep away deposits of dirt and sand dropped by your roof and the rain, and check for rust. While many gutters can withstand water through a combination of their base material and paint, any corrosion can quickly spread or break through the wall if left untreated.
- Pour water along the horizontal gutters to make sure they work. Sometimes long runs of horizontal gutter get bent due to collecting dirt or hail damage, and you can fix any bend where water collects.
Also, use the water test to look for leaks. The system is designed to stop water from falling straight onto the soil around your foundation because that can wear away the soil, make the layer turbulent, lead to seepage, and make your foundation support weaker.
DIY Home Maintenance
Summer may be the season for relaxation, but it's also the season of repairs for many homeowners, and with autumn on its way now is the time to get those last minute maintenance projects done.
The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is an unexpected problem come winter.
For more DIY home maintenance tips, contact us.