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5 Easy Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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One of the perks of being a renter is living a maintenance-free life! Our award-winning maintenance team truly loves giving all of our residents best-in-class service, and that means that they’re happy to help you with any basic or emergency issues that may arise, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are times when you may want to make an easy, DIY repair at home rather than put in a work request, and we’ve chosen 5 fast fixes that we think every renter may want to know how to execute. While you can always call on our maintenance team when you need them, when it comes to unclogging a toilet, cleaning your dishwasher drain or filling nail holes before your move out, it helps to call on your own skills to do the job fast.

Here are 5 easy repairs you can make at home that won’t require you to be particularly handy or invest in an excessive amount of tools!

How to Unclog A Sink Drain
In most cases, unclogging a sink drain is a fast, easy fix that doesn’t require much effort aside from using a plunger and flushing out the drain afterward. Before you get started, you’ll want to pick up a plunger that you’ll use in your sink only (look for something slightly smaller than a toilet plunger), as you won’t want to use your toilet plunger in the sink where you wash hands and remove bacteria! To unclog, fill the sink halfway with water and use a rag or towel to stop up the overflow hole. Plunge as you would your toilet until you’ve removed the cause of the clog. Once it’s out, flush the drain with hot water and consider giving it a good rinse with white vinegar or baking soda to remove any funky smells or bacteria that may remain.

How to Hang Heavy Pictures
While our maintenance team is always happy to hang your paintings or wall decor, this is a job that’s pretty easy to do on your own with the right tools, including a drill, plastic wall anchor, hammer and screws. Simply locate the spot on your wall where you want to hang your heavy art, then drill a hole into the spot where you will be placing your wall anchor. Place the anchor into the hole and use a hammer to gently tap it flush against the wall. Place a screw into the anchor to firmly hold it in place, and voila! You’re ready to hang your heavy painting or portrait!

How to Clean Your Dishwasher
When your dishwasher starts to have a funky odor or stops cleaning your dishes as well as usual, it’s time to do a couple of quick fixes to get it back into tip top shape before calling your maintenance team. First, check the drain beneath the bottom rack and remove any food particles that may be clogging it. Wipe it down thoroughly and spray the drain with white vinegar to remove odors and bacteria. Check top and bottom racks for debris or food particles, then remove your silverware rack and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Fill a cup with white vinegar and place it right side up on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run your dishwasher on the normal cycle with hot water, and your dishwasher should begin smelling and worker better than ever!

How to Fill Nail Holes
When it’s time to start planning your move out, you’ll want to prepare to patch and fill any nail holes that you may have made during your time in your apartment. It’s easy to fill most nail holes with just a few simple tools and not much time. First, gather up spackle, sandpaper and a putty knife, then walk through your apartment and make note of all nail holes. Using the putty knife, scoop and spread the spackle across your nail hole until it is completely filled, making sure to use the edge of the knife to scrape away any excess spackle from the wall. When the spackle has dried completely, go back in with sandpaper and brush away any particles of spackle left on the wall.

Unclog a Toilet Drain
Before calling on your friendly maintenance team to unclog a toilet, try unclogging it yourself first with a simple household plunger. Make sure there is enough water in the bowl to cover the head of the plunger (you can pour water in if you need to). Plunge the toilet drain 8-10 times with a strong downward thrust. Most toilet clogs should come free at this point, so that you can flush the toilet and use your preferred toilet bowl cleaner and sanitizer to clean out the bowl and wipe down the lid!

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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