Household problems are as common as muck and whether you’re a landlord or a renter, you’re bound to be challenged by some of these issues at some point. As a homeowner, home maintenance is a crucial aspect that will work towards improving the condition of your house. With some issues, however, the more they are neglected, the worse the condition gets. It may sometimes feel like you have a lot on your plate especially when you have a busy schedule, but fixing up some of these problems will help you save a buck and while at it, gain some experience.
Without further delay, below are tips on dealing with common household problems.
1. Blocked Drain Pipes
The reason you haven’t had any issues with your drain pipes may be attributed to the fact that either your house is new or that you haven’t been using your faucets for quite some time. This is because blocked drains happen to be the most common of household problems. They happen more often than sunsets. Unlike water supply pipes, your home’s drainage system relies on gravity to push waste along the drainage system. But it’s much more complicated than its sounds. As you browse this site, you’ll come to realize that clogged drains don’t just happen overnight. They start as minor issues and quickly develop into problematic giants that halt your home’s operations. To deal with the problem, it’s important that you first deal with the culprits. The major causes of clogged drain pipes include food particles in sinks, soap in bathroom sinks, hair in bathroom drain pipes, and mineral build-up to mention but a few. Below are various ways on how to clear up a clogged drain:
- Homemade remedies – You can use what you have out of your household supplies to make an unclogging mixture. Things you’ll need include baking powder, vinegar, and boiling water. This is a powerful mixture that’s not only effective but will also leave your drains smelling great.
- Commercial solutions – For ages, homeowners have depended on commercial powder cleaners when unclogging drains. These are only effective when you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Chemical substances – Various chemical substances when used on drains will help to dissolve scam, sticky stuff, and grease. You must take caution when handling some of these products as they can be very corrosive,
- Plunger – This is every plumber's best friend. It’s said that if it doesn’t clear with a plunger, it probably won’t clear at all! That’s how effective a plunger is. All you need is patience and effort.
Note that although you can do certain remedies or procedures yourself, if you are ever unsure of what the root of the problem is or if it just reoccurs after every week or two, don’t hesitate to call on professional plumbers. They will be able to detect where the real problem is in no time and will be able to take care of it for you with efficiency. This is not just to solve the problem at hand, but to ensure that it will not turn into something more problematic in the future.
2. Low Water Pressure
If taking a shower has been taking you longer than usual, then it’s most likely that you’re experiencing low water pressure. And this is not just a problem in the shower, it is a problem that affects your whole house. There are various causes of low water pressure including broken piping, mineral build-up, or problems with your water company. To fix this problem, you’ll first and foremost need to determine the root cause of the problem. For broken and corroded pipes, ensure that they are replaced or sealed. But when it comes to problems with your water company, it's either you invest in a pressure booster pump or alternatively, change your provider altogether.
3. Squeaky Floor Boards and Doors
Aren’t squeaky boards just annoying! It’s even more aggravating when you have to use the bathroom at night and in the process, wake everyone. It could also be a result of squeaky doors. Now, it could be that the boards are touching each other, the hinges are worn out, or completely dried out of oil. To help you out, you can use any type of oil to silence noisy hinges. As for the creaking boards, a little baby powder will go a long way in helping stop the squeaks.
4. Pests and Insect Infestation
Pests are a major cause of alarm especially if you’re dealing with annoying types such as rodents. These can spell disaster and frustration when not controlled in time. The same can also be said when dealing with insects such as termites. Remember, the structural integrity of your wooden structures might as well be depending on how quickly you act on these destructive insects. Before trying any chemical-based pesticides and insecticides, ensure your kids' and pets' safety first. In addition to this, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions of use to prevent injuries and poisoning.
There you have it! All these hacks require that you avail yourself and make an effort towards solving the aforementioned household problems. But if you’re committed elsewhere, there are professionals out there who at a certain fee would be willing to work on your behalf. But before hiring any contractor to work around your home, always ensure that they are licensed, insured, and professionals at their crafts.