8 Simple DIY Home Maintenance Solutions

Updated: Sep 6

Knowing how to do a little preventative maintenance and knowing what to expect will make your life a little easier when it comes to owning or renting a home. Here are 8 simple DIY home maintenance solutions that will help you along the way.


No Power

  • Check the fuse box for tripped breaker switches which is usually located in the closet or outside on the side of the house.

  • Reset the breaker by moving it to the full “off” position and then back to “on.”

  • Check appliances. Unplug all of them in the unit. Press reset button on GFCI, plug in one appliance at a time to find the faulty appliance.

No Hot Water

  • Check if hot water tank is leaking

  • If it’s a gas water heater, check to see if pilot light is out, if you can’t turn it on, call your gas provider for instructions or assistance.

Garbage Disposal Not Working

  • Reset the garbage disposal switch underneath the bottom of unit under the sink cabinet.

  • Check for blockage in the sink around the blades. Before putting your hands or utensil down the sink, make sure the unit is turned off. ** Never put these items down the disposal: chicken bones, onion peels, potato skins, carrots, and other firm items.

Clogged or Slow Sink (without using harsh chemical drain cleaners)

  • Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain, pour in ½ cup baking soda then pour a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup of hot water before letting it sit for 5-10 minutes. For best results, flush one more time with a pot of boiling water.

  • For clogged bathtub and shower drains-pour boiling water down the drain to unclog hair and soap build-up.

Clogged Toilet

  • Use a plunger with short, quick motions.

  • Pour full bucket of water to create suction force

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