How to Save Money on DIY Home Repairs

January 24, 2012

in Home improvement

You don’t have to be a professional or a home improvement aficionado to save money on DIY repairs. With the amount of information available on the internet, you can follow step by step instructions and perform difficult repairs without previous experience. However, even if larger jobs seem a bit intimidating, there are still a variety of simple yet effective measures you can take to lower your bills and save cash. The following is a list of ways you can save money on DIY home repairs:

Filter Replacement

A dirty or clogged filter can disrupt the air flow of your heating and cooling system. In fact, your system can freeze or overheat due to excessive occlusion, which in turn can result in costly repairs. Handyman indicate that a high percentage of their calls are the consequence of unchanged filters. While this may be good for the maintenance industry, it represents a substantial loss of income for what is a minor inconvenience. Filters should be changed once a month, and cheap filters are as serviceable as the more expensive brands.

Caulking and Landscaping

Proper window caulking has multiple benefits. It prevents heat from escaping through cracks, which saves on energy costs. Caulking also shields your home’s exterior from water damage. Erecting trees and shrubbery around doors and windows can act as ramparts against wind and the elements. In addition, plants act as buffers against radiation, keeping it inside to help warm the house during the winter and keeping it outside during the boiling summer months.

Garbage Disposals and Plumbing

Four times a year, drop a few ice cubes into the disposer and turn it on to sharpen the blades. Pour water in any drains that are rarely utilized, such as in the garage. This will prevent gas build up from the sewer which can be quite malodorous.

Defective Toilet Flapper

You may not be aware of it, but toilet tanks can leak water into the bowl, resulting in a steady stream of lost water as the device attempts to keep the tank full. To test the rate if this is the case, simply drop some dye into the tank and check the bowl ten minutes later. If the bowl water has color, then it’s likely that the tank flapper is damaged. While this part can be easily replaced, it is important to verify that the replacement flapper is the exact same make and model. The timing of the flush is dictated by the speed of the flapper, and the wrong flapper can interfere with how your toilet flushes. If your particular flapper has been discontinued, purchase an adjustable flapper that can be tuned to produce an optimal flush.

Remember to start small and leave any complicated work to the professionals. However, even for minor home repairs, it is important to educate yourself by doing the appropriate research. Learn what type of equipment you need, and how to ensure you are following proper safety precautions. The medical cost of an injury can surmount any savings you gained from doing home repair by yourself. Furthermore, the quality of workmanship will not be the same, and in some cases lead to damages that cost more in the long term. It is important to weigh the consequences of a non-professional installation, and determine in advance whether the risk is acceptable.

Clive Jones writes on behalf of an online resource for business owners providing tradesman liability insurance.

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