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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What to Do When You Have a Leaking Roof

Water damage is something that many homeowners may have to deal with at some point. Knowing how to prevent a leaking roof and what to do when your roof is leaking may save you time and money. Here are some important things to keep in mind if you encounter a roof leak.

Contact a licensed roofer

Licensed roofers have experience learning how to identify different problems. They’ve also studied and learned the best ways to resolve them. You might think you can save some money by making the repairs yourself. But if the repairs aren’t done properly, it could end up costing you more in the long run.

Attempting to fix a leaky roof can be risky

Even with all the training roofers receive, they have one of the highest work-related death rates in the construction industry.[1] It’s a startling fact that illustrates how dangerous it can be to … Read more

6 Best Ways to Clean a Microwave

How often have you started to reheat something in your microwave, only to be greeted by the scent of microwave popcorn? As helpful as microwaves are in the kitchen, they have an annoying knack for holding on to food smells and splatters for an extended length of time. When you start to notice the lingering smells of last week’s dinner, knowing how to clean a microwave can help.

Cleaning your microwave regularly will help keep this handy appliance well-maintained and working properly, plus it will prevent residual odors from affecting your food. Like cleaning your oven, how frequently you need to clean a microwave mainly depends on how much use it gets. If it starts to develop an unpleasant smell or build up a lot grime, it’s probably time to wipe it out. Thankfully, there are many microwave cleaning methods you can use, most of which require only normal … Read more

How to Clean an Oven in 3 Different Ways

Right now, your oven probably has trace amounts of your last several meals baked onto its interior. It happens — your food is bound to bubble up and splatter every once in a while. But if you let those spills go for too long without cleaning them up, they will start to negatively impact the flavor of the food you’re cooking and your oven’s ability to operate properly. This makes oven-cleaning a key part of oven maintenance. There are a few ways to clean an oven, so read on to learn some helpful cleaning tips.

How often should you clean your oven?

How often you should clean your oven is largely based on how often you use it. If your oven starts to smoke when turned on, develops a strong odor or has a lot of grease and grime buildup, it’s probably time to give your oven a deep … Read more

How to Ride a Motorcycle in 11 Steps

Riding a motorcycle can be a freeing and fun experience. But before you cruise off into the sunset, you need to learn to ride a motorcycle first. There’s a lot to keep in mind, so follow our 11 steps on how to ride a motorcycle to get a grasp on some of the fundamentals.

 1. Put on motorcycle gear

When riding a motorcycle, there’s nothing separating you from your environment. This makes wearing the correct gear crucial for staying safe on the road. Here are the things you should equip[1]:

Helmet — Find a helmet designed for motorcycle riding that’s compliant with U.S. Department of Transportation regulations. Make sure it fits well and allows you to maintain your normal range of vision.

Eye and face protection — Goggles and a shatterproof face shield will protect your face from road debris and when you’re in a collision. When equipping … Read more