The Most Common (& Easy) Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself During Lockdown
Let’s face it - you’ve finally got the time to get cracking on that snag list for your home. NO more excuses to put off your at-home DIY fixes around the home. You’re pretty much bound to the four walls around you for the next little bit.
Which is why we explore some basic at-home maintenance tips to keep your house in tip-top shape. We also discuss some general pointers for all those do-it-yourself handymen out there looking for a guide to trouble-free on repairs.
Effortless Upkeep Tasks
There’s no getting around it - home maintenance is incredibly important. The best way to ensure the value of your house stays just the same as when you bought it is by doing regular upkeep and maintenance.
Ranking number one on the list of 12 vital factors to keep in mind when buying a home is to check for any hidden issues and defects throughout the house. This should give you an idea of how important it is to maintain your home and regularly take some time to tackle any of those sneaky maintenance issues that pop up.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a tiring or painful process. There are some basic, no-hassle check-ups that you can do to better look after your home. You’ll even save yourself a fortune by ensuring that you don't overlook any small issues now that may lead to pretty expensive repair costs down the line. After all, this is the place where you’ll look after your loved ones, and where you’ll spend most of your valuable time together as a family for the foreseeable future.
1. Test your electricity
As we start approaching the colder months, good heating in your home is going to be vital. According to Lula Smarter Home Services, it's necessary to schedule a brief check-up of your main service board from time to time.
Just have a quick look to make sure there are no sparks coming out of the panel and be sure to check the breaker wires for discolouration. Use a multimeter to test flow through the electrical circuit as this will check that you have good power flow and heating for the months to come.
2. Clear your gutter
This is another easy item to check off your to-do list. While it’s nobody’s ideal job, a good gutter clean can prevent you from having to replace the gutter and protect you from potentially serious roof damage later.
Doing a once-over of your home and the gutters at least twice a year could save you a fortune. Clogged gutters could allow rainwater to leak into your home, causing water damage. This may even cause damage to your roof or foundations. That’s not a problem you want to be dealing with, believe us.
3. A fresh coat of paint
A good paint job can give your house that extra gleam and stop it from looking tacky or worn down. If there are any signs of peeling or chipping, take that as a good indicator that your house is in need of a fresh coat of paint. It’s also a great way to get your own family involved.
What are you waiting for? Grab a paintbrush and get the whole family painting.
4. Don’t forget the plumbing
Take a moment to do a brief inspection of your pipes for any signs of leaks. A leaky pipe could make water stains on the ceiling and an undiscovered, dripping pipe could cause some serious water damage in the long-run. This is definitely a case of ‘rather be safe than sorry’. Here’s a simple guide for how to fix thesE pipe problems yourself.
5. Sort out that smoke detector
According to this report, more than 200 000 people per year in South Africa are injured or lose their property from fire-related accidents.
This should be more than enough motivation to ensure that you change batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year. A working smoke alarm is vital in reducing fire damage as it provides an early warning when there are signs of fire outbreak in your home.
6. Run water through your fixtures
Be sure to run water through the pipe system at least three or four times a year, especially in rooms that are not frequently used (such as the guest room). Regular flow will make sure that toilets and sinks don’t get grimy or clogged up if they’re not being used regularly.
Simple do-it-yourself fixes (we promise, these are super simple)
With the extension of the lockdown, there’ll be a lot more bodies at home all day every day and a lot more general upkeep. Should anything break in your home and need to be repaired, you’ll want to avoid the effort of having to try and get someone out to your home during this lockdown.
You can do these basic repairs yourself. Follow these straightforward tips and it will be smooth sailing from here on out - that's our Oneplan guarantee.
1. Stabilize a wobbly showerhead
What you’ll need: an adjustable wrench and some expanding foam. If your shower head is leaking, wobbly or about to fall off, simply apply some expanding foam into the gap around the shower arm (or use some plumbers' joint compound or tape). As it dries, it will fill the cavity and keep the pipe in place. Easy, right? No blood, sweat or tears required.
2. Unclog the drains
Save yourself a call to the plumber. We know it sounds off-putting, but the fact is that most clogged drains are caused by hair or grime that you can clear out yourself. Just grab a plunger and get to work.
Only use a chemical drain cleaner if it's really impossible to clear the clogged drain with the plunger. If you’re an overachiever and want to be even more clued-up, here’s a guide on all the need-to-know basics of plumbing tool types.
3. Decks repairs made easy
Be it missing screws, squeaky boards or some not-so-eye-catching discolouration, home decks seem to need constant upkeep. Not to worry, this can fall within the DIY-lovers scope of expertise too. Just click this link for a full do-it-yourself video on doing deck repairs at home.
4. Missing caulk and grout
Missing caulk around the bathtub or broken grout between tiles can cause considerable moisture damage. Don’t sweat it; you can recaulk a bathtub or shower and regrout your tiles without needing to call in a professional. Just follow this short explanation for tile and grout caulking basics.
How Oneplan takes care of you
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Not only that but with our hassle-free insurance we let you decide how much you’d like to be covered for - the choice is always up to you. Any items you want covered, just let us know and your monthly premium will be adjusted accordingly.
With our Oneplan app, you have total control over your insurance and complete access to your cover at the click of a button. Just take a quick picture of the fixtures and fittings in your home that you are legally accountable for, as well as any belongings inside your home that you want to be included in your insurance cover, and upload the images.
That means no home inspections are required - it’s a breeze. Just upload the item you want covered and remove it using the app if you change your mind. Don’t hesitate to get your own personal quote here today. For more detailed information about exactly what we cover, click here.
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