Budget-Friendly Home Repair Tips

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Your home needs regular maintenance or upgrading with passage of time as it wears down. Home repairs are crucial but it is not possible to call for professional help and shed out huge money every time.

Therefore it is necessary to adopt some of the budget friendly techniques to keep your home updated. You build lot of memories with your family but a rotting and crumbling house is not something which you want.

So here are some DIY budget friendly repair tips which you can fix with little time and money! No big boo-boos so you don’t really need a professional help!

Install Gutter Guards:

Homeowners often overlook their gutters. “Out of sight. Out of mind.” The problem is, gutters are very important for a home. A cheap and easy DIY project is to install gutter guards. There are several long-term and immediate benefits to install gutter covers on your home. L’Essenziale Home Designs shares just a few of them.

Kitchen Countertops:

Counters of kitchens are exposed to so many scratches and other surface problems which make them lose their finish and shine. They have a rich history of wine spills, dropped pans and sharp objects which leads to their wear and tear. If your kitchen counter has lot of stains then you can simply clean them by making a paste of flour and hydrogen peroxide (easily available at grocery stores as cleaning agent). If you have got wine stains then use bleach instead of peroxide. If there are little cracks which need to be filled then just fill them up layers of epoxy resin and choose a colour which is matching to the colour of stone in your kitchen.

Faulty Cabinet Door:

If you have a cabinet door which doesn’t get closed and you are annoyed with it every time you pass that particular room then here is a quick and simple fix to it. all you have to do is to install a magnetic door catch inside the cabinet parallel to the strike of the door so that every time you close it, it gets attached to that magnet and shuts down. This way you don’t have to invest lot in getting the door aligned properly, you can just get rid of an open cabinet door with this quick fix.

Restore Free Flow of Water to a Faucet:

Leaky faucets are certainly annoying but faucets with low pressure of water are more annoying. If your faucet is also low on pressure then here is a quick and easy fix to it. All you need is a rag or masking tape as they don’t mar the finish of the faucets which pliers can and remove the aerator. Aerator is sort of sieve in the faucet which filters out the dirt and grime from the water. You just have to wash away the sand and other deposits which are on the surface of aerator and soak it in vinegar for some time before your scrub it with toothbrush.

Silencing a Squeaky Floor:

Squeaky wooden floor is an issue which is faced by all of us. The hard part is that the floors are covered with carpet making it difficult to identify the area which is causing issue. You need to use stud finder to locate the floor joists and then attach a trim screw to the tip of your drill machine and drive it down through the carpet, pad and subfloor so as to make your way directly into the joist. Continue adding screws until the squeaking noise stops!

How to Maintain a Water Heater

Water heaters are truly a boon in winters! The increased usage of heaters all around the globe make it necessary for you to know how can you keep them up and running every season. You invest in superior quality water heaters and don’t want to waste your money into repairs every season.

Hence it is necessary to have knowledge about what kind of maintenance does the water heater require? If you want to maintain your water heater in a manner that it performs at peak efficiency and have a long life then here are some maintenance tips for your quick perusal.

These will not only make it durable but would also ensure that it stays ready and running for next winters!

  1. Check the pressure valve: Water heaters have a pressure valve to maintain the temperature of water. If the pressure of heat in the heater increases beyond the limit then the valve gets opened automatically and closes down after releasing the excess temperature. This is the reason that even if you forget to switch off the heater, it stays alright! You should frequently check that the valve is working fine. You can do so by switching off the power plug and shutting down the supply of cold water into the heater. Now pull the lever on the valve in upside direction and you should hear release of air or some water exit through the valve. If you don’t then it means your valve needs replacement.
  2. Flushing out water tank: The mineral density and the sediments in water can lower down the efficiency of the water heater. Hence, you should flush the tank of water heater by connecting a garden hose to the drain valve of the heater. Make sure that the hose can bear the pressure of hot water. Drain the tank completely so as to ensure that all sorts of dust particles which settle down are removed. After it is drained, allow the cold water inlet to the tank before you turn on the electricity again.
  3. Clear the area around your heater: Your heater should not lie in clumsy area. The area surrounding the heater should be clean and tidy so as to allow the heat or water to escape in case high pressure is built up. Heaters which operate on gas need ample amount of oxygen to burn the gas and if it is deprived of oxygen then it affects the efficiency of the heater. Storing items close to the heater has potential risk of fire as well. Thus, always make sure that like your relationships, you give space to your heaters too!

Once a year, you should also check that the valves and the pipes are not leaking or corroded. Corrosion can lead to combustion issues and impact the functioning of the heaters. Few minutes of basic maintenance every year will maintain the efficiency and safety standard of your water heater! The basic life cycle of water heaters is more than a decade and if they are maintained properly then it would last maximum!