Maybe it was your college days, post-grad, or whatever time in your life, there is a good chance that you have lived in a high-volume living community. One of the most common occurrences in this point of your life is the inevitable general maintenance issue. What usually follows this is a very unreasonably priced maintenance request. You get your statement for the month and are ready to pay your rent, when somehow; one leaky pipe issue has turned into a $200 maintenance request. We can do better, but how? Many of the issues you face at your rental property can be solved yourself for much less! Some of the most common forms of these issues are leaky faucets, jammed disposals and clogged drains. Good news for you, consult our list of ways to do this yourself to save yourself both the time and hassle of having maintenance come in to solve your issue.

  • The Leaky Faucet: Lucky for you, we host our very own leaky faucet guide, check out the link here to diagnose your particular problem and find a solution.
  • The Jammed Garbage Disposal: First things first, make sure there is no chance at all that your disposal can turn on while you fix this issue! If you have a wooden spoon, now would be a great time to grab it. But why a wooden spoon? Well, it is just long enough to stick down into your drain and move the blade back and forth a few times. This should help free your blade of the burden of being caught. When done, wait a few minutes, and try again. Better yet, treat yourself to our very own Disposal Genie 2, and stop the problem before it can even happen!
  • The Clogged Drain: Much like unclogging a toilet (which we discussed in No Plunger, No Problem: Unclogging Your Toilet Plunger-Free), clearing a clogged drain is fairly simple. Similar to the toilet clearing, you will need another pot of near-boiling water. Dump this down the drain and then grab baking soda for the next step. When you have your baking soda, gently sprinkle it onto the affected drain. Let this sit for a few minutes while you mix a cup of hot water with a cup of vinegar. Once mixed, you can go and take your new science experiment of a mixture and cover your baking soda pile located on top of the drain with it. You will have to wait ten minutes immediately following this step, so go ahead and make yourself one more pot of near-boiling water. Once the 10 minutes have passed, you can dump the water down the drain. Just like that, boom! Your issue should be resolved.

Trust me, your monthly personal budget will be thanking you if you follow these steps and avoid making a maintenance call just because it is easier. Luckily, a lot of our products solve this issue on their own. Make sure to check out these products and the many more that can help you fix issues and even improve your home by going to our Danco site. Happy fixing and happy wallet!