How to Fix Common Household Problems without the Landlord

One of the best aspects of apartment home living is the ability to call maintenance when you need it. With that being said, you can fix some common issues yourself with a little elbow grease. So, before you start blowing up your landlord’s phone, take a look at these tips on how to fix common problems:

When the drain is clogged:

Not only do they smell funky, clogged drains can leave a nasty accumulation of water in your sink, making it difficult to complete everyday activities. Instead of waiting for the landlord to swing by, try to unblock it yourself. Create a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar (¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar). Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes and then rinse the pipes by running hot water. If your drain is still blocked, give your landlord a call. Don’t use any corroding drain cleaners, as you don’t want to damage the pipes.

When the toilet is blocked:

A clogged toilet is an unfortunate and annoying thing to deal with. First, turn off the water supply to your toilet to prevent overflow – the last thing you want is to be ankle deep in sewage. Next, armed with your plunger (make sure it’s a good quality plunger) create a solid seal and start plunging. You can also try flushing out the blockage with boiling water, but remember to let it settle. For a stronger solution, mix vinegar and baking soda in your toilet bowl and allow it to sit overnight.

When the smoke alarm is beeping:

A beeping smoke alarm is an easy fix. In most instances, your smoke alarm is simply notifying you to change the batteries. As long as you have a way to reach the smoke alarm, you can complete this task on your own.

When the garbage disposal smells:

If you have given your sink a good scrub, yet it still seems to be exuding a less than pleasant aroma, chances are you have some leftover food in your garbage disposal. Pop a few blocks of ice down your disposal and allow it to run. This will get rid of any forgotten about food. Next, pour in ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar. Allow this mixture to sit before rinsing it down your drain. Finally, grind up lemons in your disposal to remove any funky odors.

These simple solutions will help you to solve common apartment home problems all on your own. Not only will you refrain from disturbing your landlord, you’ll feel like a DIY expert.