Maintaining a home is a chore, but being consistent with it can actually help you save thousands of dollars on repairs. As a homeowner, it’s best to avoid doing the following:

Watch Out For These Home Maintenance Mistakes

Ignoring leaks

The smallest plumbing leak can compound over time and lead to a costly repair. Water damage can cause hardwood and laminate floors to warp, create a breeding ground for mold and mildew, and stain walls and ceilings.

If you suspect your pipes are leaking, you need to call a plumber to get the problem fixed before it leads to even bigger plumbing problems.

The same is true foroof leaks. If you notice any water dripping or stains on your ceiling, call a roofer to assess the situation. Source: AngiesList

Underestimating the project

Installing your own carpeting, hardwood, or ceramic tile may seem like an accessible DIY project, but it’s not as easy as it looks. You could run into rotted subfloor under the old flooring, or your measurements could be off by just a bit, leaving you with a floor that looks bad—or worse, one that’s not structurally sound. Source: BobVila

Damaging surfaces with incorrect cleaning supplies

Using these products in the wrong places could permanently damage fixtures and surfaces in your home:

  • Vinegar: People prefer using vinegar to clean their homes because it’s cheap and natural, but it can’t be used to clean all surfaces in your home. Using vinegar on surfaces like marble and limestone will dull it. Similarly, cleaning hardwood with vinegar can damage the finish. Do your research before scrubbing everything with a homemade vinegar solution.
  • Liquid drain cleaner: Liquid drain cleaners can be a godsend when it comes to pesky clogs, but it must be used sparingly. If your home has older pipes or pipes made of PVC, there’s a chance the cleaner will eat through those as well, leading to expensive leaks and repairs.
  • Magic erasers: These handy sponges are perfect for removing scuff marks from walls, but scrubbing them on the wrong surfaces will magically remove sealants and finishes. Avoid using them on stone surfaces, stainless steel, hardwoods, and screens in your home. Source: HomeLight 

Carpet problems are difficult to deal with if you don’t have the right tools. And renting the equipment can be just as pricey as hiring a contractor. If you want a cheaper and a more hassle-free solution to your carpet needs, give us a call!