The kitchen is an important room of the house and one you don’t want to go wrong. Some problems have fairly simple solutions, whereas others are more challenging. Before attempting to do anything yourself, make sure you do an honest assessment of the problem and your own DIY skills. If it looks too big and complicated for you to attempt yourself, makes sure to get in touch with the experts.
Take a look at this handy guide to find out if you are able to solve any of these common problems yourself.
Sometimes people can expect too much from their disposal units. Though they can handle a lot, there are some things that are more likely to cause a blockage. If this does occur, turn off the switch to see if the reset button has been tripped. If this doesn’t work, turn the switch off at the wall and use a small ladle to remove water and debris. You can also try pouring some hot water down there. Remember never to use drain cleaner in your disposal.
There’s nothing more annoying than the constant drip, drip, drip of a leaking faucet. As well as this, you can find that money is literally going down the drain with the increased cost of your water bills. You may end up having to replace a gasket, O-ring or cartridge. Shut off the water underneath the sink. You’ll then need a new part which you should be able to find at your local home centre. Check out an online guide or instructional video for detailed advice. If you can’t solve the problem yourself, you may need plumbing services. An expert should be able to solve the issue for you.
Burn on Countertop
If you have put something that is too hot directly onto your countertop, you may have an unattractive burnmark to deal with. If the burn is too bad, the laminate may end up having to be replaced. But for smaller burns, use some steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper. Next, try an abrasive cleaner. You can make this yourself using water, baking soda, vinegar and cream of tartar.
Cabinet Door Hinges
Loose screws are the main culprit when it comes to cabinet door hinges which are falling off. This is an inevitable side effect of constantly opening and closing the doors. Essentially what happens is that the threads of the screw bore out the pilot hole. Grab a toothpick or matchstick and insert it into the pilot hole. Put the hinge back in place. Next up, drive the screw back into the hole which should have been narrowed and can be gripped. Keep checking the hinges and repeat the process as necessary.
These basic tricks should help solve some common problems around the kitchen and will save you spending unnecessary money on repairs. However, if there’s anything that is too complicated, make sure to get in touch with a professional as soon as you can.