Cheap Home DIY Tips

Cheap Home DIY Tips

Home Maintenance Tips and Ideas

Having your home maintained while you were working was easy enough, especially when it was as simple as finding the nearest home maintenance contractor who could do it all within a couple of hours.

But things change after you retire, and without a constant stream of income, it may seem like a better idea financially to maintain certain parts of your home on your own. Home maintenance repairs can seem complex and intimidating to the uninitiated, but with these simple and easy steps, you will be able to repair the more commonly broken parts of your home without having to spend too much money. 

  1. Toilets

It’s extremely common for water to start leaking from your toilet at home. With constant flushing every day, the pipes and sealant eventually start to wear down, and not only does it create a mess, but it adds to the utility bill at the end of the month. If you’ve found your toilet is leaking, but you’re not sure where from, start by adding some red food dye to the cistern, and check where exactly the dye is leaking out of or in to.

The next step is to shut off the water supply to the toilet, and flush to empty the tank. If the crack is small, it can be easily sealed off with some putty.

  1. Taps

There are few things worse than a leaky tap that drips all night while you’re trying to sleep. Fortunately, almost all leaks from a tap are related to the washer in the tap, which tend to wear out after a few years. These are extremely easy to replace, and only require taking the washer out of the nozzle and putting a new one on.

  1. Air Conditioners

If you live in a hotter part of the world, an air conditioner is sometimes a must, especially during the middle of the summer. Having your office air-conditioned is a good idea, and it allows you to sit comfortably and enjoy your online betting NZ. Most air conditions suffer from mould and algae build-up due to the moisture in the unit. Getting hold of a dry/wet vacuum cleaner and vacuuming the outlet pipe can make a huge difference in the efficiency of the unit.

  1. Washing Machine

Washing machines, for the most part, don’t require too much maintenance, and should last several years before any real problems arise. It’s recommended to remove any dry lint from the lint-based that’s often located somewhere at the bottom of the machine, as this can cause a number of problems with drainage.

If a leak occurs in the outlet pipe, they’re usually easy to replace and cheap to buy, and it’s recommended to replace them every three years.

  1. Geyser

A good quality geyser should last a number of years before any maintenance is required, but is it recommended to make sure the drip tray and outlet pipe in the ceiling are unobstructed to prevent spillage of water on to the ceiling.