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If you’re anything like us, then one of your biggest fears is something breaking down in your home – and by the looks of it, we are definitely not alone. The Office of National Statistics reveals that the average household in the United Kingdom spends 11% of their budget on maintenance and repairs. This amounts to around £6.70 per week, a number that may seem negligible now but will quickly ramp up as costs increase over time. Thankfully, there are simple things that you can do to fix some of the most common problems that crop up in your homes. Read on for a list of three things in your home that you can try repairing.
We’ve shown you how to address bigger leaks in our article on 5 Steps to Take When Facing a Leak Emergency, but let’s talk about something a little more simple for this list. A leaky faucet may seem negligible at first, but the water wasted could end up costing you a significant amount of money in water bills down the line.
First, you need to determine the cause of the leak. You’ll need to switch off your water supply and then open the faucet up and inspect its. A feature by HomeServe points out that a build-up of debris or minerals, so be sure to check for that. However, if you find that your washer is broken, then it may be time to call in a professional, as not everyone is equipped to replace washers – you may end up doing more harm than good.
Holes in the Wall
Given that the hole isn’t too big, it shouldn’t take too long to repair. All you’ll need is a putty knife and some Polyfilla.
First, you’ll need to apply the Polyfilla on and into the hole. Use a filler knife to do this. Once the hole has been sealed up, you’ll need to wait for it to dry. A good rule of thumb would be to wait 30 minutes for every half inch of Polyfilla applied. You will need to do this twice, as Polyfilla shrinks when it dries. The last thing to do would be to smooth out the spot with some sandpaper and apply some paint to make sure the repaired area matches the rest of your wall.
A clogged toilet may feel like a nightmarish scenario at first, but we think you’ll be glad that there are quite a few easy fixes for this pesky problem. One important thing to remember before doing this is to not keep trying to flush your toilet if you do think it’s clogged. This could cause it to overflow, thus making a bigger mess of the situation.
The most reasonable thing to do would be to use a plunger and try to physically remove the obstruction. For maximum effect, try running your plunger through hot water to soften it up and create a stronger seal. From there just direct the plunger to the hole of the toilet and plunge away. If this doesn’t work, you might want to try using a chemical solution. While you may opt to buy heavy-duty chemical solutions, these may end up damaging your pipes. Home experts from The Guardian recommend using bicarb, as it is a non-toxic cleaner and drain unblocker that may just do enough to unclog your toilet.