Top 10 most common household problems that you can DIY!

Hey there! As a homeowner, I’ve learned that there are tons of little household problems that come up from time to time. But the good news is that a lot of these issues can be fixed with just a little bit of know-how and the right tools. Here are a few common problems that you can tackle yourself:

  • Clogged drains: We’ve all been there – standing in the shower and suddenly the water starts backing up because the drain is clogged. Gross, right? But fear not! A plunger or a drain snake can usually clear things up in no time. Pro tip: I like to keep a bottle of drain cleaner under the sink for those extra stubborn clogs.
  • Leaky faucets: A leaky faucet is not only annoying, but it can also drive up your water bill. Lucky for us, most leaky faucets can be fixed by replacing the O-ring or washer. This is a super simple fix that anyone can do with just a wrench and a trip to the hardware store.
  • Running toilet: There’s nothing quite like the sound of a toilet that won’t stop running to ruin your day. But don’t panic! A faulty flapper or fill valve is usually the culprit, and these parts are relatively cheap and easy to replace.
  • Loose doorknob or handle: This is a problem that I’ve run into a few times, and it can be super annoying. But it’s usually a quick fix – just tighten the screws or, if they’re stripped, replace them with longer ones.
  • Broken or damaged switch or outlet: If a switch or outlet is not working properly or is visibly damaged, you may be able to fix it by replacing it. This can be a bit more involved, but with a little patience and some basic electrical knowledge, you can get it done.
  • Sticking doors or windows: I hate it when a door or window sticks and makes that obnoxious scraping sound every time I try to open it. But usually, a little sanding down of the edges or some silicone-based lubricant does the trick.
  • Clogged gutters: If your gutters are full of leaves and debris, it’s time to get up on that ladder and clean them out. Trust me, your roof (and your wallet) will thank you.
  • Peeling wallpaper: If your wallpaper is starting to peel, don’t panic! You can often reattach it using wallpaper glue or paste. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and you’ll have those walls looking good as new in no time.

But of course, some household problems may be a bit more complicated and may require the help of a professional. So let me tell you about one such instance in my life so you can learn from my mistake.

I was feeling pretty confident when I decided to tackle a leaky pipe under my kitchen sink. I had watched a bunch of YouTube videos and thought I knew exactly what to do. I turned off the water, grabbed my wrench, and got to work.

At first, things seemed to be going well. I managed to loosen the fittings and remove the old pipe without any problem. But then disaster struck. As I was trying to attach the new pipe, I accidentally stripped the threads on one of the fittings.

I was in a panic. I knew I had made a huge mistake, and I had no idea how to fix it. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing seemed to work. The leak was getting worse and water was starting to pool on the floor.

I was starting to get really worried. I didn’t want to flood my kitchen and cause even more damage. I knew I had to call in a professional. It was a bit embarrassing to have to admit defeat, but I knew I had no other choice.

The plumber arrived and fixed the leak in about 10 minutes. It was a huge relief to finally have the problem taken care of. I learned my lesson that day – sometimes it’s better to call in the professionals when things go really bad. And hey, at least now I know to leave plumbing repairs to the experts!


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