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3 do-it-yourself home repairs

When to do it yourself and save money, and when you should hire a professional for home repairs.

Hiring out isn't always necessary for small repairs around the house. You can complete each of these three home repairs in a few hours for a fraction of the cost.

Fix a leaking toilet

Leaking toilets can waste large amounts of water. To troubleshoot the issue:

  • Inspect the float and inlet valve: As you flush, lift the float arm until the water stops.
  • Tighten the screw at the top of the ballcock so that the level of the float does not rise above the inlet valve.
  • If the water does not stop during step 1, you may need to replace the ballcock assembly.

Replace tile grout

Grimy tile grout can detract from a home's appearance. To replace it:

  • Remove existing grout with a grout rake or electric tool.
  • Scrub the area with a stiff-bristle nylon brush to remove loose debris.
  • Use a grout float to smear new grout across the surface and into the joints.
  • After 20 minutes, clean the area with a grout sponge. Once the grout has cured, apply sealer.

Patch drywall

To quickly fix a hole in the wall:

  • Remove loose drywall behind and around the hole. Sand the edges of the hole.
  • Adhere a wall-hole patch over the hole.
  • Apply drywall-patching compound to the patch and surrounding wall.
  • Sand the area once it's dry.
  • Spray the area with wall texture spray (if needed) and add a fresh coat of matching paint.

When to hire a pro

Help avoid injury or property damage by calling an expert for the following home repairs:

  • Electrical repairs
  • Lead paint removal
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Major structural repairs
  • Roofing repairs

But before you hire out, make sure you can spot a home repair scam.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.


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