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8 Homeowner Hacks Every Homeowner Should Know

8 Homeowner Hacks | Imperial WholesaleIt doesn’t matter if you own an aged condo, fixer-upper, or newly remodeled house. Owning any type of property comes with great responsibilities. From mortgage payments to home improvements, as a homeowner, there are certain things you need to know how to do.

Many times, this equates to you balancing the roles of a financial advisor, plumber, handyman, and interior decorator, sometimes all at once (exhausting, we know). But, with our homeowner hacks, you can easily master these roles and turn your space into a better home because of it.

Here are our eight pieces of advice all homeowners should know:

1. Unclog toilets

Owning a home, you’re bound to run into a clogged toilet or two. When this happens, don’t panic. With patience and practice, you can fix this issue on your own without having to call a plumber. Mastering this skill will help you save time and money in the long run.

Approximately 90% of all clogged toilets can be fixed with one special tool—a plunger. Simply take your rubber plunger, set it into the bottom of the toilet bowl and start plunging. Wear rubber gloves (things can get messy) and remember to stay patient. Generally, this process takes 10 to 15 thrusts before the issue is resolved.

2. Remove carpet stains

Whether you accidently spill wine during wine night, or your child intentionally takes a marker to your floors—spills and stains are bound to happen. When spills accumulate and take a beating on your carpet, it’s important to know how to properly clean your floors.

The key to removing stains from your carpet is knowing what your stains are made of. Various materials react positively to certain cleansing agents. For example, mud reacts to water-soluble cleaning agents where other harsh materials react to stronger agents, like ammonia.

Once you determine an appropriate cleansing agent, blot the stain from the outside, in. Rinse the carpet thoroughly with water, then blot again. Just remember, never scrub your carpet. If you scrub your carpet too harshly, you can ruin the fibers in the carpet and cause the stain to soak through to your carpet pad.

3. Organize shelves

Next, make sure you’re showing your home some love by organizing and maintaining your shelves. Specifically, we’re talking about your pantry shelves. To do so, follow these simple tips:
  • Purge expired or unnecessary items
  • Create zones by types of food (grains, drinks, canned goods, baking items, etc.)
  • Label containers
  • Keep all items visible and in an easy-to-reach location

4. Clean gutters

Another dilemma that may turn up in your home is a clogged or dirty gutter. Oftentimes, debris and leaves build up in your gutter, which can cause damage to your downspouts and roof. To avoid these complications, make sure you know how to properly clean and maintain your roof gutter system.

To clean your gutter, you’ll need to remove gutter covers, clean the debris, and flush the gutter with water to ensure proper flow. Before you call it a day, make sure the water is properly exiting your downspout. If no water is exiting, or if the water is exiting at a lower pressure than what’s being entered, there’s still a clog. In this case, run the water up the downspout to loosen the debris and unclog the drain.

5. Fix leaky faucets

Drip, drip, drip. Leaky faucets are a common (and annoying) occurrence many homeowners face. Most either experience a leak from under their cabinets or from the faucet’s handle. If you’re experiencing a leak from under your cabinets, we recommend calling a professional, as the cause may be associated with larger plumbing issues.

But, if your leak is coming from the faucet’s handle, it’s most likely being caused by a loose or old washer. Over time, washers, referred to as O rings, become loose. When these washers become loose, water can easily leak from the handles of your facets. Fortunately, this issue can be resolved quickly. Simply replace loosened O rings to stop leakage in its tracks.

6. Locate wall studs

If you’re looking to hang any art, mirrors, or decorative pieces in your home, it’s best to know how to locate wall studs. Wall studs are vertical framing elements, generally made of wood or steel, that are on the inside of your walls. They hold your walls in place and give shape to your home.

Why is it important to locate wall studs? When hanging heavy objects, like mirrors or televisions, you’ll need to anchor their fasteners to a wall stud. In many cases, your wall isn’t going to be strong enough to hold heavier pieces on its own.

To find studs in your walls, follow these simple steps:
  1. Shine a flashlight on your wall. Look for bumps and irregularities. These bumps are caused by the nails that secure wall studs. Most likely, if you find a bump, you’ve found a wall stud.
  2. Measure approximately 16 inches from the first stud you find to look for the next one. If you don’t find one there, try measuring 24 inches from the first one. Wall studs are generally 16-24 inches apart from one another.
  3. Put a nail into your wall where you think a stud is located. If the nail hits wood, steel, or plaster, you found a wall stud. If not, try inserting a wire hanger into the hole and twisting it around. If you’re close to a wall stud, the edge of the hanger may brush against it.

7. Clean grout

Think of all the accidental spills your kitchen counter has seen, all the mud that’s been dragged onto your entryway tile, and all the products that have been splattered onto your bathroom wall tiles. Over time, these spills accumulate and dirty up your grout. As a homeowner, make sure you know how and when to clean these areas. Trust us, it makes a difference.

We recommend deep cleaning your grout every three months. However, this can vary depending on the amount of foot traffic your floors see. To clean your grout, sweep the area first, then use our grout cleaning spray. After application, use a soft nylon brush to scrub large areas and a toothbrush to hone in on smaller, more precise sections.

8. Paint walls

Finally, as our final homeowner hack, we’re sharing how to paint walls. A newly painted room makes a world of difference. It’s a quick, easy, and cost-effective way to put a fresh decorative spin on a bland or outdated room. Here’s how to go about it:
  1. Pick a color: Make sure you’re selecting a paint color that’ll work cohesively with the rest of your rooms’ designs.
  2. Prep your room: Move all large furniture pieces to the middle of your space, use plastic coverings, and remove wall fixtures.
  3. Prep your walls: Use masking tape to create borders for your painting project. Pay special attention to your edges and baseboards.
  4. Paint: Create a zig-zag motion with your brush, working from the top of the wall to the bottom.
  5. Touch-up: Go back and touch up any places that may need extra attention. Generally, this includes the edges, baseboards, and areas that were hard to reach while painting.

Your next steps

With these homeowner hacks on your side, you’ll be ready to take on any problem area your home presents. For more homeowner tips, tricks, products, or renovation ideas, visit us at Imperial Wholesale. We’ve been in the industry for more than 40 years and will help you tackle any of your upcoming projects.