• February 3 | 2018

Three Simple House Repairs That Are Worth Doing Yourself

Your home will occasionally ask you for random repairs, unfortunately, it’s a reality we cannot escape. Yet not every household blunder calls for an industry expert.

With some do-it-yourself determination and Mr. Odd Job’s tips, you might be able to fix these little hiccups.

1. Leaky Washing Machine

No, you don’t need to replace your washing entire washing machine! People frequently panic when their machines leak, thinking the entire thing has malfunctioned. However, there is possibly a very simple and cost-effective fix for this.

First, turn off the water supply. The next step is to examine the hoses at the back of the washing machine. A leak is commonly caused by a cut in one of them.

If that’s the case, a quick run to your local hardware store to purchase a new hose will do the trick. The hoses range between 20 – 30 AED. You can actually order these online at some of the UAE hardware stores.

To connect it, remove the faulty hose then screw in the new one. Make sure to tighten it with a wrench. Easy!

2. Continuously Running Toilet

A leaking tank normally indicates a more serious problem with your flush mechanism, however, there are two simple scenarios which you can rule out first. In order to properly inspect the situation, you need to remove the lid of the water tank at the back.

Scenario 1: Water is flowing into the vertical tube.
To fix this, you must reduce the water level in the tank.

Scenario 2: Sprinkle some dye (i.e. food coloring) into the tank and wait for 30 minutes. A shift in the color of the water in toilet indicates the rubber plug at the bottom of the tank is leaking and needs to be replaced. You can easily purchase a new one at a local hardware store. Just ask for a new “toilet flapper”.
Next, turn off the water supply, replace the plug, voilà!

3. Electrical Tripping

When your electricity has tripped, whether it’s in a certain area or your whole house, the best way to troubleshoot the problem is to disconnect all your appliances. You can then switch the fuse back on and begin to plug the appliances back in, one by one. If the electricity disconnects after you plug in a certain appliance, you have identified the faulty culprit. With this isolated and unplugged your house will function and you can take your time to decide the best way forward…

Your electrical system recognizes when there is an imbalance in the circuit and reacts by cutting the electricity. This is a feature designed to keep your home safe.

 Of course, if in any doubt please call Mr. Odd Job. Or, if you do try the above tips and still have the issue then give us a call and Mr. Odd Job’s experts will be on their way!

Remember, safety first!