When winter rolls around, thoughts drift toward the holidays. They should also drift toward the home repairs that you need to do.
Even a few small accomplishments will keep your home in good shape as the cold months roll in.
Here are some of the home repairs you can get done in only a few minutes that will make your life easier.
1. Tighten the wobbly towel rack and toilet paper holders.
When these fixtures are loose, or they have already come off, then the culprit is likely a broken drywall anchor. Unscrew the installation, then pull out the anchor. If it doesn’t come out, just push it into the wall. Then replace it with a toggle bolt or a stronger anchor to tighten things up.
2. Fix your squeaking door hinges.
To fix a door hinge that likes to make music when opening, a couple of puffs of powdered graphite will get the work done. Make sure to get some graphite around the pin for best results. If your door is sticking, then sand down some of the wood on the door before giving it a fresh coat of paint.
3. Get rid of the plumbing corrosion.
Your shutoff valves might have some rust on them from the occasional leak and condensation begin left behind. The valves behind your toilet and under your kitchen sink tend to be the worst for this. Use some machine oil on the handle shafts of the valve, then twist the handle in both directions. This action will work the oil into the threats. For stuck valves, let the oil penetrate for an hour or two, then repeat.
4. Fix the bathroom ceiling.
If you take frequent showers in the same bathroom, there’s a good chance that the paint is blistered. You might even see some green mold or mildew spots. Before winter sets in, scrape off the ceiling paint, then give it a new coat. You should try to use exterior-grade paint in the bathroom because of the higher moisture levels. If your vent isn’t working correctly, this would be an excellent time to repair or upgrade it.
5. Replace the batteries in your warning devices.
You should replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every 6 months if they are not hard-wired into your home. Replace all of them at the same time to make sure they’re all in working order.
6. Clean your stove’s exhaust filter.
The exhaust filter over your stove or oven top is clogged with grease unless you’ve cleaned it out in the last month or two. Before the weather turns cold, take out the filter to give it a good cleaning. Not only will this improve the efficiency of your exhaust vent, but it will also reduce the risk of a kitchen fire from spreading.
Getting your home into shape for the winter will make life easier for you, and it might also save you some money. Get to work today before the snow flies!