Home Repairs You Didn’t Know You Could DIY

Jan 18, 2014 by

Being a home owner can be a very rewarding experience; having free reign to make your own decisions regarding your home is a huge advantage that owners have over renters. At the same time, however, home owners must also deal with the inherent responsibility of regular maintenance and repairs. There are many things that can go wrong in a home, from plumbing and drainage issues to heating and cooling problems and everything in between. Fortunately, if you are a home owner, you do not have to be an expert handyman to successfully perform some of your own home repairs and save money. In fact, there are plenty of home repairs you can do yourself by simply having the right tools on hand and following a few simple steps.

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Drains and Plumbing

Some of the most common home repairs are plumbing and drain related. One very common plumbing issue is that of clogging. Many home owners have the inherent reaction to call a local plumber when a clog occurs, but it is possible to save a lot of money by performing the repair yourself. After all, the average plumber charges a fee just for the house call alone, plus additional expenses to perform the actual repair.

When a clog occurs in a drain, it is best to start by considering whether it is possible that a large object fell down the drain and became lodged in the pipe. Sometimes, this is possible with kitchen sink drains that have larger openings. With shower drains, however, this is rarely the case. If it turns out that nothing large has fallen down the drain, the issue is most likely a buildup of materials such as hair and other debris over time. To clear the clog, simply purchase a drain snake to pull out existing hair and other debris from the drain itself. Then, pour some liquid or foam drain cleaner into the drain, let sit for about fifteen minutes, and rinse with hot water.

HVAC System

Home owners rely heavily on heating and cooling systems throughout various times of the year. When a problem occurs, repairs can be very expensive. The good news, however, is that many basic HVAC problems can be done without the help of a trained professional. For example, filter changes are a basic repair that can easily be done at low cost by home owners themselves. In fact, you should change your filters on your home’s furnace and air conditioning unit at least once every few months. This can be done by simply purchasing the right filter type at your local home improvement store, removing the existing filter by hand or using a screwdriver, and installing the new one while the system is off. From there, you can enjoy a more efficient HVAC system and better air quality within your home for a low price.

Water Heaters

One of the most common problems when it comes to hot water heaters is that of the thermostat breaking. Why pay up to hundreds of dollars to have a professional diagnose this problem when you can easily do so and perform the repair yourself? Browse the owner’s manual to find out the proper thermostat replacement part that you will need, then purchase it at your local hardware store and follow the instructions in the manual to replace it. This can cost you under $20 and save you a lot of hassle as well.

For any repairs that you cannot complete yourself, the benefits of your home warranty  should include an offset to the cost of the professional repairs. Be familiar with your warranty, what is covered, and what steps to follow to have service done.

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