Fix Common Household Issues without Professional Help
If you are the handy type who is capable of fixing some common household issues without calling a professional for maintenance problems, you could save yourself some bucks. Tackling some small projects yourself can also help avoid a delay in scheduling with the maintenance company. There are multiple advantages to fixing minor issues yourself including saving money, time, and hassle; not to mention some people just plain enjoy this type of work. Some common problems can easily be fixed without the help of maintenance staff if you use these small tips for repairing simple issues.
An overflowing toilet can be scary, inconvenient, and uncomfortable especially if you are expecting guests any time soon. There could be a few different reasons why the water is overflowing in your toilet. Some of these reasons include the drainage being clogged or the floater being cut off thereby allowing continuous flow of water. If your water is overflowing out of your toilet bowl, the first thing you should do is turn the water supply off at your toilet. If your toilet is simply clogged, grab a plunger and pump the plunger several times to see if you can get the clog free. When you think the blockage has been removed, you can flush the pipes with water to make sure it is running smoothly. You may want to clean your toilet bowl after having a clog because it can create a pool of dirty water in your toilet.
Clogged sink drains can be just as messy because dirty water will pool in your sink just the same as the toilet. Clogged drains can also be a very big hassle because you aren’t able to wash your hands, do the dishes, etc. Start by trying to apply baking soda and vinegar to your sink drain. Pour ¼ cup of baking soda down the clogged drain, then follow that with 1 cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 20 to 30 minutes and hopefully that will help to clear the grime that is blocking the pipes. Once you are done, run water through the pipes to make sure the solution is cleaned and the pipes are clear. If you think there is something in the drain blocking it, you can try using a metal coat hanger to clear any objects out of the drain. Place the wire coat hanger with the small hook end down into the drain. Hopefully this will pull up anything that is clogging the drain, such as hair.
Opening windows that are stuck shut could be another taxing chore on your to do list. If you have a utility knife and a hammer, you can very carefully try to lift the window open again. Be very careful when trying this method as you do not want to break the window or damage the frame. Simply score the line between the frame of the window and the sash. If that doesn’t work then try wedging a putty knife between the frame and the sash.
Determining what is causing your garbage disposal to work improperly is not always an easy task. First listen to see if your garbage disposal is making a humming noise or if there is something wedged between the blades such as silverware. Be sure not to let the motor continue running if the blades are not spinning to prevent the motor from burning out. Use tongs to remove any items that have gotten caught down in the garbage disposal to prevent fingers from getting hurt. If that doesn’t solve the problem you may want to contact your property management company or landlord to have a professional look at your garbage disposal.
Hopefully these tips can help with any simple maintenance issues you’re having. Maintenance issues that are as simple as these things will be much easier and cheaper to just fix yourself. If you try these tips and it doesn’t solve the problem, you can fill out a maintenance request online by clicking here or submit any maintenance requests in writing to our office.