One of the most rewarding things that you go through as a new home owner is learning the make repairs yourself. To break out your new tool box and try everything you can to fix that clogged drain or leaky faucet is an extremely rewarding experience. Within your first few years of owning your own home, you will have to make some repairs and we have some tips on what you can expect to run into!
Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home. Whether it is just one person or a family, your bathroom will be used a lot. So in your first few years of owning a home, you might encounter a leaky faucet. Whether this faucet is in the kitchen, the bathroom sink, or the bathtub, you’ll need to know how to fix it. The first thing to do is to check your meter then check it two hours later. If the meter has changed without anyone using water, you have a leak. Go to your local hardware store for tips on how to fix the problem. If you cannot find the leak, seek out a plumber.
If you bought an older home, you may run into cracking and peeling paint or siding. If you find this problem, it is important to fix it as soon as possible as the paint could let the elements damage the framing of your home. Most homeowners can handle touch ups around the doors and windows, but it is advisable to call in experts if you notice cracking in the siding or peeling in other areas of the house.
Jammed garbage disposals are the worse! They not only clog up the drain but can stink up your home. Garbage disposals have the average lifespan of 10 years. If your disposal is jammed or clogged, follow the owner’s manual instructions. If you can’t find the manual, you can seek out the help of your local hardware store or choose to replace the unit. While the units are expensive at $200 to $500 dollars, they will last up to 10 years and can save your pipes from becoming clogged.
Home ownership is both a rewarding and difficult experience. These are just some of the basic repairs every homeowner will need to make in order to maintain a home. This is a learning experience and nothing will make you feel better than taking care of your own home repairs!
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