We are not all born to be extremely skilful when it comes to home repairs, but often we like to give it a go before calling in a professional. The following tips are not for actual pros – but for the everyday home owner willing to fix something in his/her home. These tips are not to be applied for advanced things and they will be basic enough for most of the people out there. For anything more serious or if you’re not sure, please visit local London handyman services for any handyman help you need. Read them, keep them in mind and apply them the next time you need it.
1. When the Washing Machine is Leaking
The washing machine has become a basic appliance in every household out there – but when it breaks, your entire schedule (and budget) can be turned upside down. If your washing machine is simply leaking water, the issue may actually more than manageable on your own as well. For instance, you could check out the hoses you find right at the back of the machine itself. Very frequently, the rubber on them is simply cracked and you will just have to replace them with new ones (which is a very easy thing to do).
2. When the Heating Doesn’t Work
Heating is nowadays considered more than just a luxury thing – it is a basic thing every household out there manages in one way or another. When you notice that your heating appliance is not working, simply check with its thermostat. It may be surprising, but the fact that thermostat is not fully turned on is one of the most commonly encountered issues in this case – and calling for a pro to simply turn on the thermostat would definitely be a waste of time (and, most likely, a waste of money as well).
3. When You Are Painting the House
New house paint can really change the appearance of the place you live in. However, if you don’t want to (or cannot afford to) hire a professional to do this, you should know that it is fairly easy to do it on your own as well. However, do make sure that you remove all the furniture and, if possible, remove the door as well. This may take a bit more time, but it will allow you to paint everything properly. Also, make sure you use a damp sponge to clean the walls and to remove the dust and the dirt from them because this really makes the difference when it comes to the way in which the paint will adhere to the walls.
4. When You Notice a Mold Spot
Mold is formed in damp places and in places where the air is too humid. Other than the fact that it makes the wall look nasty, it is also extremely unhealthy as it can make you develop allergies and other very serious health issues. To remove a mold spot, mix 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cup of bleach. Use a damp sponge to apply this solution on the walls until the mold is gone and then make sure to repaint. If you notice that the problem is much bigger than that though, you should definitely consult with a specialist as there may be a deeper issue that has to be dealt with.
5. If Your Window Is Drafty
Drafty windows can let a lot of the outside temperature enter your home. To see where exactly the window is cracked, light a candle and “walk” it around the perimeter of the window. When you reach the drafty spot, the candle light will flicker a bit – this is where you should be applying some caulk to “seal” the window.