Repair work: Troubleshoot before you pay!

Have you ever had to call a service company to come to your home to repair something only to find out that it really wasn’t “broken”? Although you were probably happy that it wasn’t something serious (and expensive to fix!) you were probably also frustrated that you had to pay someone for something so simple.

Before you call the repairman next time, keep these things in mind to see if it is something simple:

  • Disposer not working – check to see if the reset button has been thrown. It is usually on the bottom of the disposer. If the disposer is making a humming sound, the blades may be stuck. While the disposer is turned off, use a wooden broom handle as a lever to gently rotate the blades. Remove the broom handle and turn on the disposer to see if it works properly.
  • Air conditioner not working – check to see if a breaker has thrown on your electric panel. You might need to flip the breaker completely off and flip it back on.
  • Electrical outlets not working – Electrical plugs in bathrooms or outside, especially on a porch or patio, are many times connected to a ground fault interrupter. The GFI will be a wall outlet and it may be located in the garage. Locate the outlet and reset the button that may have tripped.
  • Clogged drain – a simple way to correct a slow or clogged drain is to use the water pressure from a garden hose. You’ll need a helper to turn on the water full-blast once you have safely placed the hose in the drain and are holding a hand-towel around the hose to direct the water to the drain. Be prepared to tell your helper to turn off the water when needed.

Whether it’s preparing a home to market or arranging repairs required by the sale, we here at JtRealty Lakefront to Mountainside know reputable, reasonable and reliable service contractors. We’re here to share our contacts with you to help make home ownership better. Please check out our preferred vendors page for a list of service providers that we have used with great success in the past. Take the guesswork out of choosing a service contractor!

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