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8 Important home maintenance tips every handyman and DIY enthusiast need to know

There are two different types of people when it comes to home repairs. The ones who believe that they are a natural-born handyman and can fix any household problems that arise. And others who don’t care to know if they possess any skill and hire out for every home repair big or small.

However, for both the type of people, we at NextGen offer a valuable piece of information that will help in the process of home maintenance.

1. Shut off the main water supply.

The main water valve controls the water supply for your entire home. A burst pipe, leak, or plumbing repair might require you to shut off all water.

To find yours, look for your water meter. Your valve could be located in the basement, on the side of the house, or even the garage.

2. Unclog a drain.

I bet you’ve never thought to use a plunger outside of the bathroom, have you? I don’t recommend that you use the same one that’s used in the bathroom for unmentionable events.

But a plunger can be a useful tool for a clogged sink too!

3. Clean the dishwasher.

It’s normal for food and grease to leave a residue in the dishwasher. But that residue will wind up leaving your dishes dirty and smelly, so it’s crucial that you budget time to clean it occasionally. And all it takes is a cup of vinegar and the run of a cycle.

Just put a cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe container on the upper rack and run it. Feel free to do that once a month. And on a regular basis, be sure to clear food from the drain.

4. Clean gutters and downspouts.

Gutters exist to collect rainwater and direct water away from the roof and foundation. However, when they get clogged with leaves or debris, they don’t function correctly and can result in rot, foundation damage, or become a home for pests.

A couple times a year, especially after fall, clear your gutters using your hands, leaf blower, or wet-dry vac. If you’re not comfortable using a ladder, you can find attachments for your leaf blower to reach the gutters with both feet firmly planted on the ground.

5. Replace air filters.

Replacing the air filter is that annoying chore that we constantly forget to do. And maybe that’s because we don’t think about how important it is. Did you know that air filters help support the longevity of your A/C unit, the energy efficiency of your home, and prevent mould?

With that being said, it’s extremely important that you replace your air filters (including ground level return air vents) every 30 days. However, some filters have a 90-day life-span or are reusable, assuming you clean them regularly.

6. Pressure wash.

Have you ever used a pressure washer? The effect is amazing, and while it can be a little time consuming, it’s well worth your time to do it than pay for a professional. Pressure wash your fence, siding, driveway, patio, or deck and watch the transformation!

7. Replace a window screen.

How many of you have had a torn or broken window screen? I hope all your hands are raised, but it’s entirely too common. Luckily, it’s a repair that you can do yourself without breaking the bank.

Take down the old screen from the frame, cut the new screen to size (leaving 2 inches wider than the frame), pull the screen tight over the frame, then push it into the channel using a screen roller. Next, roll the spline into the channel to secure the screen and finish by trimming the excess material.

8. Replace outlet covers.

Outlet covers don’t need to be fun…but they can be! And it’s as simple as unscrewing and screwing a few screws.

Nextgen Handyman is your reliable partner for engaging professional handymen to tend to all your household needs. We have the resources and expert handymen for household services that include plumbing, electrics, heating & boilers, carpentry, flooring, painting refurbishment and a lot more. Let us take complete responsibility for all your housekeeping activities in London. If you are in a need of a handyman for emergency needs in London, just Contact us at 0208 037 9944 or mail us to info@nextgenhandyman.co.uk.

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