Having done renovation projects for other people, I noticed that there are still some basic things homeowners should know, but don’t. Hence, when things go wrong in the house, they end up panicking over an ‘emergency’ that is actually easy to fix. Here are five things I believe every home owner should know:
Flooding is a homeowner’s nightmare. Imagine going home after a very long day only to find out that your house has turned into a mini waterworld!
In case you come home to this nightmare, you have to locate the main water valve in order to cut off the water supply to your entire house. The location of the valve will vary with every house, but it’s usually installed in the basement, a crawlspace, or the garage.
Some homeowners decide to plant trees later on because trees and plants add value to your property. However, you can’t just dig a hole and shove a root in it in order to plant a tree. There are different rules to follow depending on the sapling you are going to plant. Saplings these days are sold as a bare root, in a container, or balled and burlapped.
But before you read up on specialised rules, don’t forget these planting basics:
• Never bury the root collar under the soil
• Don’t fertilise a plant after planting
Smoke detectors are there for safety reasons. But there are times when they accidentally go off when you don’t want them to – such as when you are cooking. You may avoid the inconvenience by learning how to turn off your smoke detector.
Granted, smoke alarms vary, so the procedure to disengage them will be slightly different. However, it’s easy to turn off the alarm once you find where the battery holder and wires are located.
Consult your manual before attempting to turn off or reset your alarm. Also, don’t forget to turn it back on once you are done cooking.
It’s been proven that weatherstripping can help reduce your heating and cooling costs by roughly 15 per cent!
You can measure how much strip you’ll need through measuring the perimeter of your doors and windows then add around 5-10 per cent to the total length.
Clogged drains are pretty common in households, and people usually turn to chemicals to sort out the problem. Stop doing this. It’s still safer to get rid of the clog with the use of a good ol’ plunger and drain snake than pump your sink with chemicals.
Once you’ve taken out the gunk, you can remove the stench by pouring baking soda, 4 cups of boiling water, and vinegar on the drain.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFICs) work like shields that prevent you from being electrocuted. They do this by cutting off the power whenever they detect a disturbance with the current.
GFICs are actually the electrical outlets you find wherever there is running water nearby. It has 2 buttons: test and rest. You can test their status once a month by plugging in a lamp and pressing the test button. When the button clicks, the lights on the lamp should die, and the reset button should pop out. Press the reset button, and the lights should come back again. A different result could mean that there is something wrong with the outlet.
Leave a comment if you have any additional tips on your mind. Until then, see you on the next blog post!