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House ProtectionWhile extensive home repairs require a professional to get the job done, there are many small, simple repairs that you can accomplish without a handyman. Not only will you feel like Superman after fixing your home’s problems, but you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. Here are 3 easy DIY home repairs that you can try:

  1. Squeaky door: Shrieking hinges can drive you nuts, but they’re one the simplest fixes you may come across. If you have a can of WD-40, use the straw to spray some of the lubricant on the whole surface of the hinge. Use a paper towel to mop up the excess and work the liquid into the seams. If you don’t have WD-40, you can use a dab of petroleum jelly on a paper towel, which is less messy and works just as well.

  2. Toilet trouble: If your toilet isn’t flushing with the same power as it used to, the problem is most likely due to calcium buildup clogging the holes under the bowl rim. Use a stiff-bristled brush to clean them out and regain flushing fervor. If your toilet is running endlessly or if it has a small leak, the problem is most likely due to a failed flapper. Buy a new flapper, remove the old one from the tank, clean away any buildup that may be preventing the flapper from sealing and then install the new flapper according to the instructions on the package. That should fix most problems, but if it doesn’t, you may need to consult a licensed plumber.

  3. Leaky faucet: The average home can waste up to 11,000 gallons of water per year with a variety of leaks and drips, which is enough to fill a swimming pool! Most leaks are caused by deteriorated washers in faucets, which is a simple fix that you can perform. Start by shutting off the water to the faucet with the nearby valve. Unscrew and remove the faucet handle, remove the packing nut with pliers, unscrew the valve stem, remove it from the housing and then remove the screw the holds the washer in place. The washer may need a dab of penetrating oil before you can remove it. Once out, take the washer to a hardware store to get an exact replacement. Insert the new washer and reverse the rest of the previous steps to reassemble the faucet.

Protect your hard work and everything else in your home. Call Starr Insurance Agency at (512) 451-2244 for more information on Austin home insurance.

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