The subject of home improvement is certainly a vast one. A house is a complex machine, with all kinds of individual systems, parts, and functions. And when it comes to doing it yourself, the question of where to start can sometimes be daunting. Often, people just use a site like TrustATrader to find tradespeople to do the work for them. But a lot of people enjoy the challenges of DIY. To help give you some direction, here are six DIY jobs to put on your to-do list first.
Check Toilet Water Consumption
In every toilet tank, there are several components that control water consumption. The fill valve controls how much water each flush uses. The flapper should stop water from passing through the bottom orifice unless intentionally flushed. Be sure neither part is leaking and that the fill valve is set to fill with the least amount of water needed for a good flush.
Gaps and cracks in any home can cause greater heating and air bills as well as entry points for pests. Caulk and caulk-saver insulation are two perfect tools for filling these. Check around trim, under sinks, around appliances, and the water heater. Fill all holes to ensure your money doesn’t blow out the door and pests don’t come in.
A home’s gutters are an important part of its external ability to handle water. When they get clogged, not only do they pose the threat of flooding water, but they can also become a perfect home for many insect pests. Have a Colorado seamless gutters specialist check for debris and remove it as necessary.
Doors often allow their own gaps that can’t always necessarily be caulked. Self-adhering insulation strips are great option for the sides and the top. For gaps at the bottom, try installing a simple, yet adequately sized door-sweep.
Every faucet in your home should have an aerator. This is the threaded piece of metal where the water actually comes out of the tip of the spout. It is possible that there are more efficient aerators than what you are using. Replace these to save on those water bills. Also, if an aerator is leaking around its threads, it should be tightened or replaced.
Paint serves many great purposes for the surfaces around the home. In all cases, paint essentially creates a surface barrier, shielding the material from degradation and damage. Painting can make your home more energy efficient, protect it from weather and insects, and even add to property value. Paint needy surfaces before they need replacement.