Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Save Money With DIY Fixes Around The Home!

My husband and I have been homeowners now for over 4 years.  In the course of those four years, we've had to pay our fair share of expenses to fix various things around the home.  Whether we were fixing a leaky toilet or having our air conditioning unit repaired, the list seems to be endless.  When you rent, all of your repairs are covered and you don't have to pay anything out of pocket.  Sometimes I miss renting! Since homeowner repairs can be so costly, sometimes it can be helpful to find a DIY fix to save some money!



Roto-Rooter is the #1 plumbing and water restoration company.  To make things easier and save you a big bill from a plumber's visit, the company offers a Gel Clog Remover that you can use at home.  The three main things that clog a drain pipe are soap, grease, and hair.  Roto-Rooter's Gel Clog Remover attacks the source of the clog with a formula of up to 25% more clog-busting active ingredients than any other national brand.


Like most people in this world, I like to save money when I can.  Sometimes some homeowner repairs and fixes are unavoidable with savings and you have to leave it to the professionals.  In the cases that the situation is less problematic or severe, sometimes you're able to fix things yourself!

Did you know that a broken toilet lever is pretty easy to fix? In most cases, if pressing the lever doesn't flush the toilet, you can just open the tank and re-attach the chain.  In some cases, the handle itself can become corroded or any one of the pieces that connect the handle to the flapper (including the handle, nut, metal rod, or chain) can break.  All of these parts can be replaced very cheaply. 

Another easy fix involves the garbage disposal.  Some people are cautious of the garbage disposal because of the hidden blades and bad noises.  However it's actually fairly easy to clear up a clog.  You'll need to cut the power to the unit to prevent any accidents.  Some units are plugged into an outlet in your cabinet, but others may be wired directly to the wall.  Once the disposal is turned off, you can use an allen wrench to adjust the flywheel inside the disposal.  Simply do this by placing the allen wrench in the hole in the center of the bottom of the unit.  You won't actually see the flywheel, but rotating it can help loosen any jammed food inside.

Once you've done this, you can then use either a wooden dowel or some pliers to reach into the top of the disposal and try to remove anything clogging the unit that may be near the top.  If you've successfully cleared the obstruction, you can reconnect the power, run water through the disposal and turn it back on to ensure the clog is gone.

If you have a clogged shower or sink drain, Roto Rooter can certainly help you with a DIY fix at home.  Skip calling the plumber and save that money to spend on something fun.  A few weeks back my kitchen sink was backing up and I was in a panic.  My mom was at my house and baked a few batches of brownies and threw a lot of egg shells down the garbage disposal.  

The next day after she left, millions of pieces of tiny egg shells backed up and my sink wouldn't drain.  I just thought to myself "great, how much is this going to cost to fix?" I called my husband at work after unsuccessfully trying to to unclog the sink myself.  He suggested trying the Roto Rooter Gel Clog Remover and I wondered why I hadn't thought of that myself.

The Gel Clog Remover worked wonders and truly saved my sink, my sanity, and my wallet! In no time at all the clog was gone and I could have kissed that blue liquid if it was possible.  I was so happy that I didn't have to wait around for a plumber and my sink was useable again.

I'm sure there are plenty of other DIY fixes that I should learn and know about.  You never know when they'll come in handy! 


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