No matter who we are or what we do, we all wait for that glorious weekend when we don’t have to do anything but sit in our favourite chair and enjoy the game or the latest Netflix series. Maybe you want to read a book that you’ve had your eyes on for a long time, or just chill and do absolutely nothing. All of those dreams go down the drain (pun intended) when we are told that there are some maintenance tasks that we need to do around the house.
As a homeowner, we all know that these tasks come up every now and then and if we want to keep our homes safe, secure, clean, and working smoothly then we need to take care of these tasks before they turn into something worse. You have no idea, or maybe you do, of what a single leaking pipe can do to your bathroom or kitchen if not handled immediately. But that does take away your precious alone time and the plans that you had made for yourself.
So, here we are going to tell you about the best possible solutions for some of the major and commonly occurring problems that we all have in our houses.
Hands down, this is the most problematic area in the entire house and it would seem like every other weekend there is something wrong with your toilet. Either you have a blocked toilet or the water is leaking from the tank and there’s a pool of it around your toilet.
If your toilet is blocked, we suggest using the plunger. That is one of the best ways to unclog it and if that doesn’t work, just use a coat hanger. Untwist a coat hanger and then push it down your toilet. You will have resistance when it encounters the blockage. Just keep pushing until it breaks apart the blockage and you’ll be good to go. If that doesn’t work either, call a professional who can do it for you.
If your toilet tank is leaking then not only will it affect your water bill, it will also cost you in the long run as it can destroy the bathroom floor as well as your toilet’s internal system. This is something that you shouldn’t undertake as a DIY project so better call a plumber.
Another source of unwanted water leakage and drainage are your faucets. Again, this will affect your utility bills as well as your maintenance costs so make sure that you don’t schedule these for the next weekend. Most of the time faucets leak due to worn out washers. As they are made of rubber, they tend to break or wear out easily. Just turn off your main water supply to the bathroom, unscrew the faucet that is leaking and replace the old washer with the new one. You are good to go.
3. Washing Machine & Dryer
Have you ever noticed that your washing machines and dryers are not living up to the lifetime guarantee that came with them? That is because we tend to use them without ever inspecting them or putting in some maintenance. Make sure that you inspect your washing machines as well as their water supply at least once every few months so you can know if there is a leak or damage that needs to be fixed. Find out how soon you need to replace the water lines and put a reminder on your mobile phone or your calendar so you won’t forget.
Some of the time, you might find out that the leakage wasn’t because of faulty lines but due to the fact that the lines weren’t tightened snuggly enough. Use a wrench to tighten them up wherever needed.
As far as dryers are concerned, one of the major issues with them is the lint that collects on the lint screen. That is a major hazard and can even cause a fire if not handled properly. So, make sure that you clean your lint screen regularly to prevent any such disasters as well as increasing the lifetime of the heating element. Also, check to see if there is some fabric softener residue left after you have washed your clothes. Make sure to clean it up with warm water at least once a week.
4. Water Heater
Have you jumped out of your shower screaming like crazy because you turned on the hot water only to find yourself drenched in cold water?
Don’t worry; it has happened to a lot of us. Just remember that your water heater is just as important as your other household appliances; in some cases, even more, important than others. The water has various elements in it and over time, these sediments can accumulate in your heater. They mostly come together at the bottom of the tank and start causing damage and corrosion. Make sure that you clean your water heater at least twice a year to keep the insides clean and damage-free.
Making sure that your homes are well maintained and free from these problems can help you lead a comfortable and cozy life as well as save you a lot of money in the long run. Your appliances will last longer. These tips will help you with the major issues around your house and if done regularly, you will get to enjoy that elusive weekend without having the need to waste them on maintenance all the time.