Ask anybody and he will tell you without any doubt that being a homeowner is a tough job.
In everyday life, things do go wrong and it is perfectly normal. Especially if you have children, you should better be more ready to face the music. There are many things like leaking faucet, sticking windows, cleaning of gutters, wobbly shower heads, squeaky doors, and the list goes on that need our immediate attention as homeowners.
Now to tackle these jobs, one simple way is to take the phone and call the pros. It is the simplest way out but outsourcing every home maintenance job will cost you a lot of money. So, you will have to take matters into your own hand. Secondly, most of the home maintenance issues have simple solutions. All you need is some time and attention.
Here are some home maintenance issues and the ways you can fix them without taking too much time away from your daily activities and spending too much money.
1. Sticking Vinyl Windows, A big Headache:
Vinyl windows are a very durable and beautiful option for your home. However, with time dirt and grime starts to accumulate in the window tracks and make it difficult for you to open and close the windows. If you have ever faced this issue you can understand how frustrating it is. However, it has a very simple solution too. Simply banish the junk and lubricate the window tracks with a spray. Spray in the window track, open and close the window, and wipe the inside of the track with a clean cloth. That’s all.
2. Shower Head is Getting Wobbly
When the pipe in the wall become loose after some time, your shower head will begin to wobble. What you will do? Call a plumber? Wait. You can do it. Slide the showerhead trim ring away with a screwdriver and reveal the base of the pipe. Now, spray a little bit of expansion foam into the hole with the straw that comes with the can. This will stabilize the pipe and you will enjoy your bath again with the firm shower head.
3. Calm the Noisy Floors
When wood rubs against the wood, it creates a loud sound. If you have hardwood floors in your home, you probably have noticed that there are one or two areas that always squeak when you walk on them. These sounds make you uncomfortable and worried. However, you can silence it with a small amount of cornstarch. Sprinkle it on the area that makes noises and then sweeps it with a broom. The cornstarch will act as a lubricant between the wood surfaces and it will make your noisy floors to stay calm.
4. Reduced Water Flow in Faucets
Another very frustrating thing is to have reduced water flow in the faucets. It looks very complicated but in fact, it is not. You don’t need to call in extra support to solve the issue. What happens that hard water deposits and debris clog the faucet and reduce the water flow. There is an aerator screen on the end of each faucet where debris gets trapped. Take out the screen and dip it into the vinegar for some time. It will dissolve the debris and deposits. Let it stay there overnight and then reattach it. Everything will become normal again.
5. Moaning Doors
When you open or close your doors and they start to moan and squeak, it is very annoying. Why they squeak? Actually, they are telling you that they have become dry. So, the friction between different parts is creating these noises. There is no rocket science involved in silencing the squeaking doors. Just lubricate the hinges with a lubricant like WD 40 and you will be surprised by the outcome. All the noise and squeaks will disappear in a matter of seconds.
6. Loudly Banging Cabinet Doors
When you shut your cabinet doors and they produce a loud bang, it is time to take matters into your own hands. You can solve this loud problem very easily by installing bumpers, Simple but effective. First, remove the junk and residue from the cabinet door and then position two bumpers at the same distance from the top and bottom. Peel and stick bumpers are another great solution to muffle the sound of the banging doors.
7. Ugly Ceiling Stains
When you see stains on your ceiling, is surely a nightmare scenario. In fact, every issue in your home is actually telling you that there is something wrong and you should fix it immediately. The same thing goes with the ceiling stains. There is a leaking pipe or your roof is dripping. These stains can make your whole room look dilapidated. If you are not ready to repaint your whole ceiling, there is another solution. First, repair the leaks. Now fill a spray bottle with a combination of household bleach and water. Spray the stain with the solution and within hours the stain will fade considerably or even disappear completely.
Every home requires maintenance and many home maintenance tasks do not cost you much money or time. According to professional home repair experts, if you spent even $1 on maintenance, you will avoid up to $100 of repairs down the road. Similarly, you can avoid thousands of dollars worth of damages with only a few bucks and a few minutes of your time and attention. So, don’t let the small repairs get into big issues.