HOME SWEET HOME: Three DIY home repairs with State Farm

HOME SWEET HOME: Three DIY home repairs with State Farm

Often times, calling a repairman seems like the easiest thing to do when something goes wrong around the house. However, this often leaves homeowners with unwanted fees, charges and for the few perfectionists, a job that was not done exactly right.

Luckily, State Farm experts have compiled a list of three easy DIY projects you can do around the house. Get your hands dirty and your home in tip-top shape for a fraction of the cost!

Fix a leaking toilet

Leaking toilets can waste large amounts of water. To troubleshoot the issue:

  • Inspect the float and inlet valve: As you flush, lift the float arm until the water stops.
  • Tighten the screw at the top of the ballcock so that the level of the float does not rise above the inlet valve.
  • If the water does not stop during step 1, you may need to replace the ballcock assembly.

Replace tile grout (easier than it sounds!)

Grimy tile grout can detract from a home’s appearance. To replace it:

  • Remove existing grout with a grout rake or electric tool.
  • Scrub the area with a stiff-bristle nylon brush to remove loose debris.
  • Use a grout float to smear new grout across the surface and into the joints.
  • After 20 minutes, clean the area with a grout sponge. Once the grout has cured, apply sealer.

Patch drywall

To quickly fix a hole in the wall:

  • Remove loose drywall behind and around the hole. Sand the edges of the hole.
  • Adhere a wall-hole patch over the hole.
  • Apply drywall-patching compound to the patch and surrounding wall.
  • Sand the area once it’s dry.
  • Spray the area with wall texture spray (if needed) and add a fresh coat of matching paint.

When to hire a pro

Help avoid injury or property damage by calling an expert for the following home repairs:

  • Electrical repairs
  • Lead paint removal
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Major structural repairs
  • Roofing repairs

But before you hire out, make sure you can spot a home repair scam.

Check back here soon for more State Farm tips and helpful hints.

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