Home repairs don’t need to all be extensive. Some aren’t that costly or time-consuming. These tasks are good to save up, add to a list, and then knock out one at a time over a quiet weekend. If you have a family, then pick a quiet time. Let the family know that you’ll be busy and not to disturb you unless it’s urgent. If you live alone, then it’s just a matter of planning the DIY work around other weekend activities.
So, what home repair or maintenance tasks should you get done? Here’s a short list to get you started.
Ordering and Replacing Filters
Filters are easy to forget all about. When this happens, they become clogged up and this can cause issues later.
In the case of your refrigerator, a blocked filter can cause it to become overworked and overheat. Eventually, this could cause a mechanical failure. Find reputable refrigerator water filters & replacements to ensure the filter is swapped out for a good one. It doesn’t take long to do either. Order a few days ahead to get the delivery so you’re ready when the next weekend rolls around again.
Also, don’t forget other filters used in your home. Water filtration systems need replacements too. AC units need them too, and it will get them ready for next spring.
Fixing Squeaky Doors
What you might think of as a squeaky door is really a squeaky door hinge. It usually won’t go away on its own, so it’s best to handle it yourself.
Get some WD-40 and apply it liberally on the hinges. The spray works best when moving the door to let the hinge take in the lubrication fully. If the DIY store is out of WD-40, then look for petroleum jelly instead. It’s a little messier though.
Use an old sheet below the door to catch any jelly or WD-40 that escapes the door hinge on the way to the floor.
Handle the Odorous Dishwasher
If the dishwasher isn’t cleaning as well as it used to, and it’s emitting an unpleasant odor too, it’s time to put a little time into it.
Old collected food remnants that have fallen to the bottom are what’s likely causing the bad smell. Remove them and clean any obvious areas where gunk has accumulated.
Then purchase a dishwasher cleaner and run this through a cycle or two on an otherwise empty machine. At the end of this, the machine should be playing nicely again. And while the cleaning cycle is running, there’s time to attend to something else.
Replacing Broken Roof Vents
Roof vents made from metal or plastic can become broken due to storm damage. The vents are usually nailed in place and once these are removed, they come free. The nails are situated below the shingles to avoid them rusting.
While a broken vent can be temporarily resolved using caulking, that will only last so long. There’s usually no effective way to fix a vent that’s seen its best days. Removing and fitting a replacement is the right move.
Get some help with someone holding the ladder to avoid having an accident. Many Americans every year hurt themselves using ladders at home; don’t be one of those. If in doubt, hire a handyperson to fix the roof vent for you.
Batch up tasks over a weekend to knock them out quickly. This will help you avoid getting bogged down with home maintenance and never getting caught up.