DIY Home Repairs That Can Save You Money

diy-617763_1280DIY doesn’t always mean making things in your home look better. There are plenty of DIY home repair projects that you can do that either improve the way things work or fix existing problems. If you feel like venturing into DIY home repairs that will save you a bundle of money without being too risky, here are a few things you can easily manage on your own without calling in a professional.

Fix Your Faucet’s Water Pressure
Typically, the problem with a faucet lies with the aerator, which is really easy to clean and replace. To find out if you need to clean or replace the aerator, you will need to remove it. Use a pair of pliers to turn the aerator clockwise. Split up the parts that are within the component and clean them. If it looks like any of the parts are damaged, replace it. It is best to take all of the parts to your hardware store to find the right match.

Fixing Leaks
Leaks are often caused by loose stem valves. Take an appropriate sized wrench for the valve nut that is located near where the pipe that is leaking, and tighten it. Start with an eighth turn so that you do not over tighten it. If that does not stop the problem, you may need to turn off the water through the valve and remove the nut and handle. Take them to your nearest hardware store to replace them. Don’t forget to turn the water back on after they are in place!

Water Heater Problems
There isn’t much you can do on your own with a broken hot water heater, but if the water isn’t heating it could be a case of the pilot light being off. Check the location where the pilot light is. If you don’t see a small flame, review the instructions to relight it.

Issues with Your Refrigerator If you are finding that your food isn’t as cold as you expect it to be, there are two things you can check before calling a professional or getting a new fridge. First look at the cooler dial to see if it was accidentally bumped. It could be that you just need to turn up the cooling. Also take the time to check out the cooling coils. If they are covered in dust, pet fur, or crumbs, they won’t work as well. Vacuum the dirt and fur up and see if that helps.

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