At Floor Coverings International of the Piedmont Triad, we pride ourselves on making hardwood, laminate, and carpet floor installation as easy as possible. We’re such flooring experts, we guarantee any of our jobs will be miles above our competition. Although installing your floor may be a job that requires a professional, there are plenty of home repairs that are easily done by any homeowner. We’ve put together a list of a few essential home repair techniques that everyone should know in order to save themselves a ton of time and money. Read on for some techniques that you should learn in order to save up that extra money you’ll need to install the carpet floor of your dreams.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is probably the most common household repair that there is, making it an essential skill for any homeowner.  We’re all familiar with the unnerving effect of a dripping faucet, so being able to make a fix is sure to go a long way in keeping your sanity intact. Unscrew the faucet handle and remove it, remember, the screw is probably concealed, but it’s there, so keep looking. Remove the packing nut with pliers, and unscrew the valve stem and remove it from the housing. All that’s left is removing the old washer and replacing it with a brand new, shiny example. Revers the process that you began with, and that drip should be a thing of the past!

Applying Caulk

Being handy with a caulking gun can help any homeowner solve a myriad of problems, from cracks in cement to chips and holes in doorframes. Caulk is the rubbery stuff typically found outlining your bathtub, sink, or shower, amongst other things. Caulk creates a seal that protects floors, walls, and anything else from moisture that can often sneak into small spaces. Because these tiny spaces allow in moisture, being able to bust out your caulking gun at a moment’s notice will help protect from mold and other water damage. When caulking, remember to always cut the tip at an angle, so that the material will lie correctly. Also, caulk is inexpensive enough to where you can practice a bit before sealing a leak, so make sure to have your skills in order before applying the final line!

Fix a Dripping Pipe

Being able to fix a leaky drain yourself is also pretty essential. The most common types of pipe leaks occur under kitchen or bathroom sinks and tend to involve either a worn out washer or a loose or broken compression nut that’s sealing it. To fix these, first you’ll need to turn the water off to the sink from the main line. Once the water’s off, place a bucket underneath the pipe, and twist off the compression nuts (the big, white pieces you can unscrew). Once you’ve replaced the washer (or the entire P-trap if necessary), you can screw it back in and turn the water back on. Although it may not take much effort, this easy fix can potentially save you a ton in plumber bills.

At Floor Coverings International of the Piedmont Triad, we’re experts on all types of flooring installation, from hardwood and laminate to carpet and tile. If you use a few of these tips often enough, you may just be able to save up for the cherry hardwood floor of your dreams!