DIY: 4 Things You Can And Can't Fix Around Your House

DIY: 4 Things You Can And Can't Fix Around Your House

It’s always good to try a bit of DIY work at home. You can get your hands dirty and even learn something you never knew about before. The fact is there are plenty of simple jobs around the home that do not need the work of a paid professional for.

You can quite easily fix them yourself with no trouble at all. But, there are also cases where a fix won’t be quite so simple, and it will take some skill that you probably don’t have yourself. So, here are a few examples of when you can get your hands dirty and others where you should call in backup.

1) A Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet is easy to fix albeit not a very nice job. If you have a plunger or grabber, you are all set for the task at hand. If not, you can find one online at rather a reasonable pricing. First, you need to assess how bad the clog is so have a feel with the plunger and see how much pressure pushes back under the water. The level of the clog will determine how much water you need in the bowl. On average, you want to make sure the bowl is at least half filled with water. Be warned, this job can get wet, so you want some towels ready to quickly mop up water on the tiles. Next, push down into the bowl with the plunger in two quick motions. The clog should slip free.

2) A Water Leak

Imagine you walk into your house one day to find water dripping from the ceiling. This rather peculiar sight points to the fact that you have a leak in your plumbing. It could be quite serious, and the problem is there is no way to tell how serious unless you get to the route of the problem and explore. This would be fine but by the time you have done this the house could be in a serious state of disrepair. If you notice a leak, don’t wait or hesitate to call your local plumber. They’ll fix the job for you.

3) Creaky Floorboards

Floorboards creaking are just as annoying and irritating as a squeaky door. But you can fix a squeaky door with a touch of oil, and would you believe creaking floorboards have a similar easy fix. Simply lift up the floorboards that are causing an issue and sprinkle some talcum powder underneath. No more creaks!

4) Heating Troubles

The most serious issue with heating that can occur is a gas leak, and it is not something that you want to mess around with yourself. If you are wondering what the signs of a gas leak are, typically speaking you will hear a hiss or raw, perhaps from a broken appliance. You may even smell the gas leaking out although this can be hard to detect. However, once you see any signs, you should call someone immediately. A gas leak is different from other repairs because left untreated, it is dangerous.

When deciding whether to do a DIY job it is quite simple. Just ask yourself if it can either be dangerous or damage your house if it goes wrong. If the answer to either of these questions is yes, leave it to the professionals.

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.


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