Quick Fixes for Top 7 Home Problems

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Troubleshooting common household problems is a skill every homeowner should master. From getting rid of odd smells to repairing things like broken doorbells, knowing how to fix things will save you time and money. Here is a quick guide on how to fix 7 common household problems.

Toilet Woes

A toilet.

A broken toilet in the house is a big problem. While there are many reasons why toilets break down, a common culprit is a worn out flush arm. Replace the part by lifting off the lid and unhooking the chain. Use a wrench to take off the nut that attaches the flush arm to the toilet. Remove the handle and take it with you when you purchase the replacement. Install the new part by reversing everything you just did, or just follow the instructions that came with the new arm.

Smelly Washers

Clothes next to a washing machine.

A stinky washer is a common problem for homeowners. The best way to combat this musty stank is to remove wet clothes as soon as possible. You should also open the washer door to air it out in-between loads. Once a month, wash the outer rim of the washer with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Then run a cleaning cycle on the hottest setting, filling the washer with baking soda before it runs. If that does not get rid of the smell, then check the drain pump and clean it out per the manual.

Busted Doorbell

A woman presses a doorbell.

The reason most doorbells stop working is due to a faulty button. To test it, simply remove the button and connect the wires together. If the doorbell works then you know the button is bad. If the doorbell fails to chime, then the wiring could be bad or something might be wrong with the transformer. Either way, it is easier to replace the whole unit than troubleshoot it any further.

Noisy Bathroom Fan

An updated bathroom.

Nobody likes a noisy bathroom fan. Fortunately, fixing a rattling fan is a lot easier than you think. More often than not, the cause of a noisy fan is a loose cover. You can fix this by slightly bending the brackets that hold the cover in place. Before you put the cover back on, take some time and clean out the fan. Removing dust and debris will make it run better and increase its longevity.

Stinky Garbage Disposal

A woman pours baking soda into a garbage disposal.

If cleaning the sink does not eradicate a bad smell then the culprit is likely the garbage disposal. To freshen up the disposal, dump a few cups of ice down the sink. With the water running, turn on the disposal. The ice should get rid of any debris on the blades. Next, pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the disposal and wash everything down with some water. Lastly, cut up a lemon and run it through the disposal to give it a nice smell.

Door Woes

The front door of a home.

Doors create many headaches for homeowners. If you are dealing with a squeaky door and do not have any WD-40, other household items make great lubricants for metal surfaces. This includes cooking oil, a bar of soap, petroleum jelly, or a paraffin candle. Just remove each hinge pin and coat it with your preferred lubricant. For doors that are loose when closed, you will need to tweak the latch plate to tighten things up. Simply bend the tab that is connected to the latch in the direction of the stop until the door closes tight enough.

Repair Loose Chairs

Colorful chairs outside.

It is never fun sitting on a loose chair. Fix these potential safety hazards with a little epoxy and a few wood clamps. Start by removing the stretchers (the pieces that go between each leg) and cleaning off any glue. An old knife works well for this. Once the old glue is off, coat each end with some slow-curing epoxy. Reinstall the stretchers and clamp everything together. Clean any extra epoxy with some vinegar. Remove the clamps once the epoxy is dry and the chair should be as sturdy as ever.