Simple Home Repairs

Nagging little problems are the bane of every homeowner’s existence, and the professionals charge big bucks for repairs. Here are some fast fixes you can do yourself.

Toilet Trouble

If your toilet seems to be flushing a little listlessly, don’t blame the water pressure. Ninety percent of the time, the holes under the rim are the problem. Or, more accurately, the calcium and sediment clogging the holes are the problem. Get a small brush with stiff bristles and clean them out. The action of the toilet will be much better.

Leaky toilets are a problem, especially if you have a septic tank. All that extra water can cause the septic tank to fill up too quickly. To find and fix those leaks, first check the ball float, which controls the water level in the tank. If it lets the water rise too high, it will start to flow into the overflow pipe and right out the drain. Adjust the arm for the ball float by tightening the screw at the top of the arm mechanism. Or bend the arm downward, which will stop the water flow sooner after a flush. Read more here: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/repairing/simple-home-repairs

Applying Caulk

Caulk is the bead of rubbery stuff between your tub, shower or sink and the wall, or between your toilet’s outer rim and the floor. It creates a seal that protects floors and walls from moisture. It also glues itself in place, which makes applying it an easy one step process. Over time, caulk can discolor or deteriorate, leaving your home vulnerable to water damage and mold growth.
The hardest part of installing caulk is removing the residue left by the old stuff. Without completely eliminating the old caulk, the new bead won’t stick, so good preparation is important. In the old days, you had to remove caulk with a razor scraper, and it took a while to get it all up. Now, there are a number of products on the market that will soften old caulk and make it easier to remove. Treated caulk residue comes up easily with a putty knife. After the old caulk is gone, clean the area with paint thinner and let it dry completely. Now you’re ready to move on to the installation process. Read more here: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/5-home-repairs-you-should-do-yourself.htm#page=3

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