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4 Home Maintenance Problems and How to Solve Them

Fix household blunders with the help of these easy solutions

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

To personalize our space, we love shopping for home decor and accessories. We even choose the paint and colors to be used! But maintaining a home is not just about furniture and decor, you need to consider other factors such as dealing with minor home problems like roof leaks and clogged drains, too.

We've compiled four common maintenance problems experienced by homeowners plus tips on how you can best deal with each. Keep these in mind so you'll know what to do just in case you encounter these at home:

Problem: Clogged drains

To deal with minor clogs in the kitchen, you can use baking soda. Pour a small cup of baking soda into the drain then follow it up with a cup of vinegar. Let it foam then wait for 15 minutes before pouring hot water to rinse it off. To avoid clogs in the future, consider buying a kitchen sink strainer.

RL Tip: You can also use baking soda to fix a clogged toilet.

Problem: Roof Leaks

Since the roof protects us from harsh weather conditions, holes and leaks are inevitable. You can repair minor leaks using a sealant. However, if you need to replace the entire ceiling, it's best to hire professional help.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Problem: Dirty air conditioner filters

It's essential that you clean aircon filters monthly. To be able to clean it properly, start by reading your AC's manual. Turn off the unit and unplug it before opening the AC's front grill and taking the filter out. Wash the filter gently using a solution of mild soap and lukewarm water. Set aside the filter to dry completely before re-installing it. Consider cleaning the front cover or panel of the unit as well. Wipe off dust and dirt with a sponge or clean rag soaked in lukewarm-water-and-soap solution. Wipe well to dry.

RL Tip: Call a service dealer if you can't re-attach your filter.

Problem: Detached Floor Tiles 

Floor tiles lose their adhesion because of age. If you've been living in your home for years, your tiles are probably cracked and warped. To solve this, sand the bottom of your detached floor tiles then install it again using tile glue. Minor repairs like this can be done via a DIY project but if you're planning to work on your entire flooring, it's best to seek professional help.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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