DIY [Do it yourself]
Some helpful hints for you
Tips for the home owner, to help prevent insurance claims and to prevent unnecessary home Improvements.
Water intrusion and fire are the biggest reasons for Insurance claims.
Burst pipes, are unavoidable, the amount of water that enters your home due to it, isn't.
Know where your mains stop cock is? You should
Know where all isolation valves are to sinks, dishwasher, washing machine.
Turn off water when going on Vacation.
Water loss from toilet can be expensive. Water constantly running into pan will normally be due to one of the following three issues;
Flapper not fitting well so replace it;
Ball valve or Inlet valve not working so it just keeps filling, replace valve;
If its not the flapper it maybe the flush valve that needs to be replaced;
Reset button on bottom, if it still will not work the fuse may have tripped or something may be stuck in it. Use key to manually turn wheel, run water to help wash away.
When using disposal, always use water as it will extend the life of the motor.
Caulking Inside Home
Leaking water, through cracks and absorbed by drywall, which then gets mold and crumbles and tile grout goes black. Tiles pop off. Then it is time for new bathroom remodel the following may help prevent that.
Bathrooms and showers, along wall and tub/ floor join and where walls meet. Around thresholds and shower screens and doors.
Tape 1/8 inch away from joint, on both sides.
Using only 100% silicone caulk, run caulk along joint.
Spread smooth with finger.
Wet finger and lightly run along silicone to smooth off, leave to cure.
Holes in drywall can be repaired and made as good as new.
Put a piece of timber behind drywall and screw it to the drywall, or cut back to studs.
Cut a piece of drywall the size of the hole and screw it to the wood you can see.
Caulk round edges of hole.
Tape edges of hole.
Mud over whole and smooth using 5 minute mud.
Sand or sponge smooth, add new mud if not, repeat procedure.
Use can of texture and adjust spray to match existing texture.
Caulking Ourside, Normally Before Painting
Use latex acrylic caulk, run caulk along crack on wall or around window, inside and outside.
Rub caulk into crack using finger.
Smooth off using sponge to match contours of the stucco.
Let it dry and it is ready to paint.