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.
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.