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I grew up with a dad who owned his own construction business. Weekends for us weren’t spent at the park or going to the mall, our weekends were spent getting projects done around the house. My dad has always been great about staying on top of home maintenance. My parents just recently replaced most of their home’s original appliances… almost 40 years after they built the house! Staying on top of the maintenance of your home will save you a ton of money on expensive repair calls and replacing appliances too early. That’s why I’m so excited about today’s post.
Karen and I thought it would be fun to have a DIY Dad series on Hello Creative Family. The craft and DIY blogger space is dominated by women and we thought it would be fun to bring a bit of testosterone over to Hello Creative Family. I’m excited to see what the DIY Dads bring to he table… and even more excited because I can’t wait to learn from them and try out their tips, tricks and projects myself!
Our first DIY Dad post is from John from Smooth Decorator! John is going to share with us some of his favorite easy home maintenance tips that will save you a bundle! Read on and enjoy!
How many times have you called a professional to repair something in your home that you could have repaired yourself? There are many simple tasks around the house which you can do on your own, with just the basic knowledge of how things work. It will save you a few pennies in the long run, but also your time. No more missing work and sitting at home waiting for the guy to show up, roll up your sleeves and DIY.
WASHER AND DRYER
We have all had problems with broken washing machines. It costs a lot to repair it, and sometimes we postpone it for weeks, but let us agree that we hate hand-washing our clothes. So to prevent this from happening, check from time to time water supply hoses for leaks and replace them every three years if they are plastic. Also make sure that all the hoses are well-attached to the machine to prevent from flooding your bathroom.
People often forget about their air conditioning, especially during the winter, and then they get an unpleasant surprise if they wish to cool themselves when the temperature rises. Air conditioning can be the most expensive to repair. Regularly inspect the condensation hose to see if there is standing water, by creating a drainage path using a small garden trowel. Also keep the screen around your air conditioner free from debris to prevent it from using more power than necessary.
Another thing that could go wrong is the toilet. Water leaks are not that expensive to repair, but they can damage the bathroom floor if not fixed on time. By putting some food coloring in the tank and checking your toilet an hour later can be a great way to find out if you have the leakage which means that the flapper needs to be replaced. First shut off the water supply to your toilet by turning the water valve. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet in order to empty the tank and then use sponge to mop out water left in it. Remove the flush chain from the lever, and change the old flapper with the new one. Do not forget to turn the water back on!
Water heater requires regular check-up, as nobody wants to come home after a hard day only to find out that there is no hot water for a long relaxing shower. Water has sediment suspended in it that settles on the bottom of the tank, causing damage to the floor of the water heater. At least once per year, drain the water from it so you can clean the inside. First you need to turn off the water supply and power to water heater. Then connect a water hose to the drain fitting at the bottom of the tank and put the other end somewhere to drain hot water. After it is clean, do not forget to turn it back on, you will need that hot shower after this little DIY project.
Painting the walls and redecorating can be quite expensive if you call a professional, but the paint on the walls fades out quickly and you need to refresh it from time to time. Now this is something you can really do yourself, just make sure you have enough paint and all the needed tools.
If you have old windows that are pretty drafty, it can affect your heating bills in the winter. What you can do is apply an insulating window film over the glass, what will cost much less than the replacement of the windows.
Doing repairs on your own isn’t that complicated, you just need to invest some time and effort into it. If you do it on a regular basis you will most surely keep your house in great condition and save a lot of money along the way.
John Stone is a DIY enthusiast who occasionally likes to put his ideas down to paper and share them with like-minded people. Currently works as the editor of SmoothDecorator. His fields of interest include home improvement, sustainability, new technologies, and pretty much all-things-DIY. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and watching Formula 1.