Your home is your castle, but even castles need a new drawbridge every now and then. Protect your castle this spring to avoid costly home repairs down the road. Here are 3 household problems that are easily overlooked, and even more easily fixed.
- Tighten loose doorknobs – We take doorknobs and handles for granted, but they’re one of the most touched, turned and yanked parts of the home. Over time, doorknobs can loosen, stop working or even fall off. A loose doorknob can also prevent the door from locking properly, potentially creating a security risk.
How to avoid loose knobs –Tightening the screws on your doorknobs once a year should be enough to keep them in place. If the keyhole of a lock tends to stick, use graphite powder to lubricate the works. Oil may also work, but can become sticky over time.
- Caulking the bathroom – The grout or caulk around your bathroom fixtures can degrade over time, leading to discoloration from mold or even water leaks. To protect your bathroom from water damage and hidden mildew, check the rim around your bathtub and other fixtures and look for places where the caulk is worn away or missing. Exposed corners could mean that it’s time to re-caulk.
How to replace caulk – Redoing the caulking in your bathroom is easy and only requires a few tools. If you’re not sure what kind of caulk to use, ask an employee in the bathroom fixture or plumbing department of your local hardware store for a recommendation. A few things you might need are a putty knife, drop cloth, caulk gun, caulk tube and a sponge for clean-up.
- Clean refrigerator coils – Too often we have an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to cleaning. Hidden places like under the bed and behind appliances are rarely cleaned as often as they should be. Dust can build up — and, in the case of refrigerators, cause the appliance to work less effectively. Too much dust will insulate the coils, preventing the release of heat that helps keep your refrigerator cool.
How to clean refrigerator coils – Cleaning the back of your refrigerator is simple. Once or twice a year, use a handheld vacuum or vacuum attachment to remove the dust from the coils. Doing so prevents your refrigerator from working too hard, and can even lower your electric bill.
These 3 maintenance tips are often overlooked by homeowners, but can help prevent damage and potentially save you money – while only taking a few minutes each to complete.