HOMEOWNERS GUIDE 101: BASIC TIPS EVERY HOMEOWNER SHOULD KNOW

Where and how to turn off water

Every homeowner should know how to turn the water off inside and outside the house. Each water source, sink, toilet, water heater, icemaker has a turn-off valve. There is also a main water switch outside that turns off all the water inside the home. Each homeowner and family member need to know where these valves are located and how each works. One inch of water can cost as much as $25,000 in repair bills.

How to plunge a toilet or sink

It’s not a pleasant thing to do, but eventually every homeowner will have to plunge a toilet. Before you submerge the plunger, angle it to allow air to escape. This will allow it to fill with water. Place the plunger around the opening in the bowl and use an up and down motion to force water down the waste line. After plump 3 or 4 times remove plunger to see if water drains. You may have to repeat process.

How to caulk

Caulking around windows and door can save hundreds of dollars in utility bills. Masking tape can be used as a guideline as well making clean up easier. When applying, leave space for the caulk. Cut the caulking tube at a 45 degree angle, 1/8 in diameter. Apply caulk slowly while moving the tube or gun. Smooth the caulk with a wet sponge or your finger. If you don’t like the look of the caulk, remove before it dries and try again. Practice makes perfect.