Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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Home repair and maintenance tips

Greetings everyone, I hope all of you are doing well. Thank you again for your following, I hope this column is useful for you.

This week I will cover some home and R.V. tips.

Home Maintenance

This is a good time to check your toilet for leaks. This is a basic simple task.

1.Remove the lid on your tank.

2.Lift the lid and seat up.

3.Add 4 to 6 drops of food grade dye to

water in the tank and mix with a spoon.

4.Wait ten minutes

If you see water anywhere outside the toilet call a licensed plumber. To make repairs such as your wax seal. If you see dyed water in the bowl adjust your bulb till you hear no water when full or the ratchet adjustment on the fill valve. If you still are getting water with dye replace your flapper. It just snaps on and off and make sure nothing is stopping the flapper from closing such as a toy or excess flush chain.

Changing out a wax ring takes time, patience and a strong back. You may also find water damage to be repaired beyond your knowledge and skills level. I do not recommend this for a beginner, call a plumber, if there are no floor issues to repair, they can make the repair in less than 30 minutes. If flooring or other work is required, they can keep your toilet going for you until you can get estimates for repairs.

Checking for leaks under your sinks

This can be simple fixed such as tightening a drain connection or applying new caulking around your back splash.

But if it’s a repair you are not comfortable with call a plumber. It’s better to find leaks early to avoid costly cabinet, flooring and dry wall repairs.

Check your sinks for leaks 4 times per year.

RV Maintenance

RVs and trailers require annual and semi-annual maintenance. Here is a basic checklist

Keep tires inflated and covered from the sun in seasons not in use.

Grease Wheel bearings annually or as recommended in your manual.

Check chains, cables and harnesses for loose or worn wires 4 times a year and repair or replace.

Make sure all running lights work as well as turn, brake lights and tail lamps.

Keep water and waste tanks clean and dry in winter when not in use. Most tanks can be cleaned with kits provided by your RV retailer. If you RV in winter only empty your tanks while camping when full to help prevent freezing.

Drain all water lines if not in use in winter and use the proper pump kits for winterizing them.

Insulate all water lines dry or not and empty the hot water tank and be sure it’s off first.

Check for mouse activity and seal any holes and set traps till they are gone.

Clean out appliances and add a box of baking soda to the fridge.

Seal all metal and fiberglass seams as recommended by the manufacturer.

Remove propane tanks and batteries to prevent theft, fire and vandalism for seasons not in use and keep battery charged on a maintenance charger.

Make sure all windows and doors are closed.

Keep your RV level and use jacks that came with it for this as water will run off better as it’s designed to do and not pool on the roof or in window channels.

Cover with an approved RV cover, it’s a big job and covers are not cheap, but it’s easier and cheaper than loosing RV to damages from the elements.

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