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Kids Break the Darndest Things: Common Household Fixes You Should Be Aware Of

No matter how careful parents try to be, kids are going to break at least a few household items over the years. While you can do quite a bit to childproof your home, there may come a point when you need to grab your tools and carry out some repairs. Here is a look at five household fixes that all parents should know how to do.

Clogged Drains

Sinks generally become clogged when food scraps or other items are rinsed down the drain instead of thrown away. If a sink is draining slowly, then you might be able to unclog it with a mixture of baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon juice. You can also remove the trap from below the sink and manually unclog the debris with a wire coat hanger. For clogs deeper in the system, you will most likely need to contact a plumber to have the sewage line unclogged.

Dripping Faucet

Most children don’t have great coordination, and your kids might repeatedly slam your faucet handles without realizing how much damage they are doing. Once a faucet starts dripping, it could easily waste hundreds of gallons of water every year. Luckily, most dripping faucets can easily be fixed by replacing the washer, valve seat, or O-ring.

Holes in the Walls

Taking care of dents and dings in your walls requires nothing more than a few inexpensive tools and supplies. Most smaller holes can quickly be patched with a little bit of fast-drying spackle that matches the texture of the wall. Many home improvement centers also sell patch kits that come with all of the materials that you need to repair larger holes. Once the hole has been filled, you can then prime and paint the area.

Scratched Furniture

Wooden furniture is usually designed to last for decades, but you might notice a few scratches over the years from your kids roughhousing. The easiest way to repair a scratch is to cover the damage with a wax filler that matches the color of the wood. If there are deeper scratches, then you will need to sand the furniture down before refinishing it. After the repairs have been made, you can protect the material with polyurethane or another sealant.

Broken Microwave

Kids sometimes don’t know enough not to put forks and other metal objects in the microwave. This can lead to a microwave malfunctioning or breaking. It’s best to turn to a company like Capital City Appliance rather than tinkering with a microwave yourself.

Even if you are an experienced DIYer, you should still be wary of working on any of the primary mechanical systems in your home. Major damage to your pipes, HVAC system, or electrical outlets needs to be handled by a licensed contractor who has the proper tools and training for the job.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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