Repair and Maintenance Tips for Common Home Problems

Part of owning a home is learning how to manage common repairs. While doing household repairs isn’t the most enjoyable part of the home ownership experience, it’s unavoidable. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to make these repairs simpler or even avoid them.

Clogged drain

Eventually, you might have a drain that doesn’t live up to its name. If yours is draining slowly or not at all, you don’t have to call the plumber just yet.

Rather than pour harsh chemicals down your sink, which can damage your pipes, use a bit of white vinegar and baking soda:[1]

  • Pour several cups of boiling water down the sink.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain and then follow that with a mixture of equal amounts of white vinegar and water, such as one cup of each. You’ll hear some fizzing and bubbling.
  • After several minutes, run
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