Are you proud of the four walls you live in? Is it a bit small, but cosy enough for your needs, or is it just right and your little ones have all the space they need to run around in? And are you looking after it in return, making sure you’ve got all the DIY skills you’ll ever need?
Looking after your own home is a skill a lot of people wish they had, so if you’re someone who’s handy with some tools and can spot a problem brewing from a mile off, make sure you’re getting as much practice in as possible – you’ll be a master soon enough! And when the time comes, you want to be able to deal with any household emergencies then and there.
So in your effort to keep your home as healthy and as happy as possible, here’s some of the main DIY projects and maintenance to do on the wettest, dampest, or most weather worn parts of your property.
The main two rooms where your DIY is really going to matter! Just don’t forget the outside either… (Unsplash)
Waterproofing the Bathroom
If you’re trying to include a wet room in your home, seeing as your kids get bath bubbles everywhere at night and you don’t have time to clean up from the shower in the morning, you’ve got a great chance now to build one. And it doesn’t have to be as hard as you think to waterproof the entirety of the bathroom, as long as you keep the door closed!
You’re going to want to strip the tiles off the wall first, and then either add them again or find some newer, more robust ones. Before you attach the new tiles, make sure you’re grouting with watertight substances, and make sure you do this right! Don’t add in any new plumbing features or throw water around without being sure.
And then you’re going to need to add a central drain in, to make sure any water in any part of the room can quickly swirl away into the pipes. You’re going to want a good sealant, or an entire tanking kit, to make sure you have the maximum safety assurance possible. But don’t worry, there’s a lot of design choices you can make over this system.
Fixing (or adding) the Roof Guttering
The roof is what keeps all the weather out of your house, and if it isn’t protected as much as it protects you, you’re soon going to notice drips from the attack and a cold draught throughout all of your rooms. And when there’s guttering across your roof, you’re going to need to target this first before you do any other repairs up there.
If you don’t want this to be done by a professional, make sure you’re being as safe as you can be whilst you’re up there. You’re also going to want to use guttering material that’s robust but easily replaceable, such as plastic. And then decide on the flow direction, and where everything that’s caught there is going to drain off. This might be a good time to install a rainwater barrel, as gutter water can easily fill one of these up in half a season!
Making Sure Your Bathroom Pipes Don’t Burst
Seeing as the cold season is quickly coming up, and your bathroom pipes aren’t going to be used to the water chilling and potentially freezing in the pipes, you might notice a few leaks here and there if you don’t prepare for this. You’re going to want to wrap your pipes in some gauze, to help stop any rapid expansion, and to also trap some heat in to keep the water moving.
And don’t just stop at the pipes; there’s a good chance your ceramics are at risk too. But by using a product such as CT1 adhesive, you can easily fix the cracks in the bowl of the sink of toilet, as this kind of sealant can be applied in wet areas to easily fill a few holes. It couldn’t be easier to keep the kitchen and the WC running, despite the problems you’re trying to rid them of!
Carrying out some DIY all by yourself is going to get easier and easier the more you do it, seeing as the same solutions can be applied to a lot of different situations. So if you’re worried over how watertight your home is, break out the toolbox and get to fixing your worries right up.