HOUSE REPAIRS 101 (Part 1 of 3)

LET’S FACE IT… Home repair emergencies typically don’t give any us any sort of notice! Who’s had those annoying house crises pop-up where you felt you weren’t prepared to deal with them? They’re bound to happen to ALL homeowners and especially, NEW homeowners. Our BLOG series will highlight some of the typical tasks that ALL homeowners should be able to handle. It surely doesn’t cover everything you’ll need to know about your house BUT it’s a great place to start!

Put a Tool Kit Together

The following MUST-HAVES should be in every new and seasoned homeowner’s tool kit: curved-claw hammer, adjustable wrench, needle-nose and standard pliers, regular and Phillips head screwdrivers and a pair of safety glasses.

An electric drill and a set of twist bits are also invaluable. Cordless drills are convenient but may not offer enough torque to handle those heavier jobs. If you start with a corded drill, you can later pick up a convenient cordless for those lighter jobs. Investing in good-quality tools is worth every penny. Take care of them and they’ll last for years!

Find the Water Main Shutoff

When a water pipe leaks, it needs to be handled immediately! Water shutoff valves for individual pipes are typically found along supply lines and near fixtures, but those valves can break. Therefore, it’s important to know HOW TO STOP the water supply to the whole house.

The main shutoff valve might be right next to an outdoor meter or may even be inside the house or garage. Some water lines have two shutoff valves, one on each side. If yours does, it is recommended that you use the valve farthest from the street. As a precautionary measure, open and close the main water shutoff valve once a year to help prevent it from corroding!

Restart a Garbage Disposal

When disposal blades jam, a little force may be necessary to dislodge them. Most units have a hole on the underside of the disposal that an Allen wrench fits into. Check underneath the unit to see if an Allen wrench is attached. If not, you can buy a set of Allen wrenches inexpensively.

Unplug the disposal AND turn off the power at the electrical panel. Insert the Allen wrench into the hole and work it back and forth until the blades are freed. Knowing that you have turned the power off to the unit, remove any debris from the disposal. Press the reset button which is usually on the bottom of the unit and then turn the power back on.

Check out our Trusted Vendors List for contact info for local Hernando County vendors if you need assistance with any repairs.

We hope you found our blog post interesting, helpful and informative.

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About Gail Spada

Gail Spada’s real estate career began in 1990 and it didn’t take long for Gail to discover her love for the industry. In 2001, she began her real estate sales profession with Century 21 Alliance Realty in Spring Hill, FL. Gail has worked diligently to stay on top of her game. She is a Florida Licensed REALTOR® and has earned the following designations/certifications to include: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ePRO (Internet Savvy Real Estate Specialist), AHWD (At Home With Diversity – One American) and SFR. It is that well-rounded training and experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of the Hernando County real estate market, that enables Gail to deliver results to her customers.