Your home is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever pay for, so whether you’re renting or buying, you should take good care of it. While you’ll probably be tempted to call a professional when something breaks, you can take care of a lot of problems yourself.
Most of these home repairs can be done with little to no experience. However, always be sure to do research on anything you don’t understand, particularly if you’re dealing with electricity, which can be extremely hazardous. Also, if you don’t already have a tool kit of your own, this wouldn’t be a bad time to start building your essential toolbox. Some of the repairs listed here will require special tools you may not have laying around, but we’ll list those where applicable.
Buying a house is everyone’s dream, but it usually comes at a steep cost. The down payment, closing costs, mortgage, property taxes, and furnishing and decorating all add up. However, many people forget about one of the highest costs that come with homeownership: repairs.
There is no escaping it. If you own a house, repair issues will always pop up.
Preventive maintenance can help. However, there are some that you cannot avoid.
Some home repair issues are easy to fix while others leave you in a world of financial ruin if they happen at the wrong time. Some you can predict while most creep up on you, forcing you to spend money you had not planned to use before.
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Most Common Home Repairs
The roof is one of, if not the most, important parts of your home. After all, it protects it from the elements. However, the roof is also highly susceptible to rotting, leaks, and far worse. When your roof is damaged, you usually have to fix it immediately because it can make your home uninhabitable, especially if it happens during the winter or rainy season.
Spot leaks and lost shingles are easily fixable for a few hundred dollars, but when the damage is dangerous or too extensive, you may be forced to replace the roof completely. This can cost thousands of dollars. The best way to avoid having to replace your entire roof is by carrying out preventive maintenance and having it inspected by a professional at least once annually.
Water Heater Repair
A water heater is something that homeowners use on a daily basis without really giving much thought to it. Most people never really think about their water heater until it needs to be fixed. On average, a water heater should serve you well for 5-10 years, but unforeseen events like mineral buildup or overuse can damage your water heater any time.
When your water heater is damaged, you will not get to take that hot shower you usually look forward to after a busy day, and it can also cause flooding if you fail to deal with it promptly. Signs of water heater damage include leaks, unusual or loud noises, and – of course – if it does not do its job. Although you can repair a busted water heater, it might be better to bring in an expert you trust to take a look at it. He or she can let you know whether its time for a new one or if a repair will suffice.
If your house is built in an area where the soil contracts during the dry season and swells during the rainy season, your foundation could be at risk. Water is a foundation killer; it seeps through concrete, sprouts mould, settles in basements, and empties wallets. Water can cause your foundation walls to crack or settle wreaking havoc throughout the exterior of your home. When your foundation is compromised, you may see random cracks on your floor and walls, sloping floors, water pools in the basement and edges of the house, or difficulties closing doors and windows. Foundation damage is extremely serious, and it can cost you tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
Your siding is also a vital part of your house. Think of it as the skin of your home, protecting it from external threats while giving it an aesthetic appeal. If your house is fully or partially covered in aluminium, vinyl, or wooden siding, water can sneak past damaged parts, leading to insect invasions, rot, and interior damage. Repairing individual sidings is cheap and easy, but when you need to replace the entire square footage, you will have to write a fat check to a siding repair expert.
To prevent these costly repairs, inspect your entire house for any holes or cracks in the siding as well as damaged or missing caulking around doors and windows. If you catch the problems early enough, you can save thousands in costlier repairs were the damage to spread.
HVAC System Repair
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) allows you to control the internal environment of your home, making it more comfortable. Without proper maintenance, your HVAC system may get damaged, requiring expensive repairs or even a replacement. The worst thing about HVAC systems is that they tend to break down at the time that you need them most, such as the winter and summer months when they are working the hardest.
When there is a problem, your HVAC system could make strange noises or fail to cool or heat the house when you need it to. To avoid this, you should carry out regular maintenance on your unit. Every six months be sure to inspect it, tighten electrical connections, lubricate moving parts, clear out the condensate drain, check the refrigerant level, and clean dirty coils or fixtures.
Sewer Line Repair
If your home is connected to the public sewer line, you usually have a sewer line connecting your home to the public sewage systems. No homeowner ever wants to see their sewer line face to face. It looks terrible and can spread terrible odours to the entire neighbourhood.
Remember, your town’s liability for the sewage system ends at the street. That means the homeowner is responsible for the sewer line underneath his or her property. The cost of repairing a broken sewer line may not be expensive, but cleaning up the mess can be costly and disgusting. Depending on the severity of the issue, you may need to check into a hotel or move in with a close friend for a couple of days.
Water Line Repair
The water line connects your home to the public water system. If you solely depend on your local government to supply water to your home, your water line is not something you ever want to be damaged since it can cut off the water supply to your entire home. When the main water line is damaged, it creates a huge underground flood that can seep up to your lawn and create huge puddles.
First and foremost, I do not recommend trying to fix this on your own. To repair a leak like this, crews will have to get to the water line to identify the source of your leak. They will need to go through your lawn, driveway, tree roots, and other areas of your landscaping. After paying to have your water line fixed, you will also need to pay someone to restore your landscaping to its original form (unless you have a green thumb and do it yourself).
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A wooden deck provides the perfect spot to enjoy a summer cookout with friends or family and also adds value to your home. However, if you fall behind the recommended maintenance schedule, your deck could fall apart due to rot, insects, or flooding. It could cost you thousands of dollars to replace your entire deck. To avoid this, you should always keep your deck clean and apply the recommended products to enhance its longevity. Sealant will keep moisture out, and the wood stain will refresh its colour. Also, a regular inspection will help you detect rot or insect invasion and stop it before the issue becomes a full-blown problem.
Septic System Repair
If your home is not connected to a public sewage system, you need a septic tank to sort out your house waste. A septic tank works just like a sewage treatment facility, separating the fats and solids from household waste and using beneficial bacteria to treat the leftover liquid. Septic systems require special care and maintenance that many people take for granted. For instance, flushing the wrong chemicals down a drain or failing to pump out the tank can result in a system-wide failure.
A damaged septic tank can be a messy problem that you do not want to put off fixing. Your drains will be slow, your toilets may not flush, and you may have to deal with terrible odours. The cost of installing a new septic tank could be thousands of dollars, so you want to avoid it for as long as possible through regular preventive maintenance and inspections.
Water pipes run through your foundation and walls, delivering water to the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, and anywhere else that you need it. When pipes are broken, it can take anywhere from minutes to months to notice the damage. If it is a small leak, it can be hard to notice even though it will be silently causing a lot of damage to your home. When you suspect your pipes are broken or when you detect it after an inspection, the first thing you should do is to turn off the main water valve to prevent further damage. Fixing a broken pipe is something that you can do on your own and is usually not that expensive. However, if you need to go through the walls or the foundation, you might want to hire a plumber to deal with it.
Electrical System Repair
Electrical faults can happen at any time, rendering your entire home or parts of your home powerless. When your electrical system is damaged, you may notice flickering lights, circuit breakers tripping too often, and appliances shocking you or going off unexpectedly. If your neighbours have power and you do not, your electrical system could be damaged. If you do not fix it promptly, your home is at risk of a fire, prolonged power outage, and you could even be putting your life at risk. It is not safe or easy for the average homeowner to conduct electrical repairs, so unless you know what you are doing, have a professional electrician take care of it.
Mould Damage Repair
Mould is a common problem that usually starts small, but it can grow into a huge problem if you let it. Mould is usually caused by moisture typically from leaks, but not necessarily. It may affect the walls, ceiling, roof, or foundation – messing with the structural integrity of your home. On top of that, mould can cause a variety of health issues to your family, especially if someone is allergic. When your home has mould damage, you will detect a musty odour, discolouration in walls or ceilings, and allergy symptoms. Early detection through regular inspection is the best way to deal with mould damage.
Asphalt driveways have to withstand the weight of vehicles and constantly-changing weather patterns. This can lead to cracking or crumbling of your driveway, forcing you to repair it or replace it entirely. To preserve your asphalt driveway, I recommend using a driveway sealer to protect it against the elements.
Your floor can get damaged after many years of wear and tear or if you accidentally drop a heavy object on it (in the case of wood flooring or tile). Cracks in your flooring or loose tiles are two signs that your floor probably needs repair or replacement. Also, a wood floor may be squeaky when you walk on it when it is damaged.
Our floor can get damaged after many years of wear and tear or if you accidentally drop a heavy object on it (in the case of wood flooring or tile). Cracks in your flooring or loose tiles are two signs that your floor probably needs repair or replacement. Also, a wood floor may be squeaky when you walk on it when it is damaged.
Floor repair can be cheap if it involves replacing a few tiles or filling in some cracks, but when you have to replace the entire floor, it will be expensive. If this happens, I will upgrade your floor not only to current standards but also with a material that will add value to your property and help increase its resale value.
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Clogged Drains or Toilet
I am not talking about a simple clog that can be fixed with a plunger or an auger. I mean complicated clogs that usually take a lot of work to fix.
Clogged drains of this sort can lead to a terrible mess and make it impossible to use your kitchen or bathrooms. A clogged toilet is even worse since it can cause disgusting sewage water to overflow and spread all over your bathroom. Clogging can be as a result of many factors, and it is not easy to figure out on your own what is caused the clog. A professional plumber can help you detect the issue, and he or she can fix it for you.
Owning a home is a great source of pride, a place for your family to spend time together and a place for you to relax. But, when you own a home with things like pipes, electronics, water, appliances and more, things are bound to break down from time to time. Many skilled repairmen can fix or replace things for you, at a cost. If you own a home warranty, you know you are protected in case a problem arises. There are some common home problems that arise that require a simple fix that many homeowners are quite capable of doing themselves. This will not only save time but money as well. If you keep some basic tools on hand, you can repair common problems in your home. A common problem area is a toilet. They are used frequently, putting them at risk for more common problems. First, you may have a broken toilet lever.
Most homeowners are quite capable of repairing or replacing a broken toilet lever. By lifting the lid and looking in the tank, you may see that the chair has disconnected, reconnect it. If there is a problem with the lever itself, the local hardware store should have abundant supplies to help replace the toilet lever. Another problem that often arises with the frequency with which toilets are used is a clogged toilet drain. Get out your trusty toilet plunger and attempt to unclog the drain with 8-10 thrusts. If this does not work, you may need to add water. If the plunger still does not work, a toilet auger is another common tool available at the hardware store that may be able to get the toilet unclogged. If the clog persists, it may be time to call the plumber. Leaky pipes can also become a problem in your household. in order to address leaky pipes, you will want first to turn off the water to the pipe. This is a very important step. Next, place a bucket under the area you are working and check the curved pipe, called a p-trap. Over time, things like washers can wear out and may need to be replaced. If it is a simple fix, the problem should be visible. If the pipe continues to leak, a professional may be needed to ensure the repair is done right.
Next, many people, over the course of owning a home, run into problems with their garbage disposal. Often, things that should not be put down garbage disposal are, and the garbage disposal generally experiences a lot of wear and tear. Many times, a clog in a garbage disposal is an easier repair than expected. First and foremost, you will want to turn the power off to the garbage disposal. Safety should always be the first concern, and turning the power off is an important safety measure. You will need common tools, like an allen wrench. Using an implement like a wooden dowel, or even some chopsticks leftover from Chinese takeout, reach in and remove anything that may be causing an obstruction. Once you have removed the clog and reassembled everything, turn the power back on and run some water through the make sure everything is clear.
Lastly, at some point, you may make a hole in your wall whether by accident or on purpose, that needs to be repaired. For the most part, drywall repair is quite simple. For relatively small holes, spackle and a putty knife will be all you need (and some touch-up paint of course). Bigger holes will require a piece of drywall, dry wall screws and some other tools but are still also quite manageable for the average homeowner. Before you grab the number for a plumber or contractor, consider trying to repair these common home problems yourself.
Before deciding to repair something oneself, make sure that you can fulfil the task. Otherwise, it would still be better to ask for professional assistance.