3 Easy to Do Home Repairs

Why should you be able to do home repairs? For one, it can serve you well during an emergency. Another reason is that it can help you save hundreds of dollars in repair service costs. The great thing about these home repairs is that they can be done easily without relatively no chance of damaging your home appliances. Let’s take a look at what types of home repairs you can do.

Clothes Washer

Do you have a front-loading clothes washer that does not properly drain? Well, don’t be alarmed because this is not out of the ordinary. In fact, in many instances, the front-loading washer may be working perfectly then it just fails to spin water from the clothes.

It would be easy to assume that the problem can be with a relay or switch that needs to be repaired or replaced. If this was the case, you would need to call a professional to do the servicing, right? Luckily, before you pick up the phone, you can do a bit of repair work yourself to see if it solves the problem.

Front-loading washers are fitted with a pump that is designed with a filter. Did you know that you have to clean out this filter every once in a while? Didn’t you? Well, that may be the cause of your problem. The filter may already be clogged because of the numerous types you have been using the clothes washer.

All you have to do is to unscrew the front panel to remove it. Normally you would need a hex driver, depending on the type of screws used by the manufacturer. Once the front panel is removed, you will easily find the pump with the filter fitted just behind it. Try to check if you can twist off the filter to clean it. If the filter is built into the pump, then you need to remove the hose to clean the pump. The washer should work fine after doing this.


Are your dishes still dirty after going through the dishwasher’s cycle? One of the most common reasons why this happens is that there you put in too many dishes in the washer. After reducing the load and the problem still persists, then you are looking at the possibility of a clogged filter.

Just like any plumbing appliance, the dishwasher and its components have to be cleaned regularly. So how do you clean the filter? The first step is to remove the bottom rack. You then need to remove the spray arm to gain access to the filter. Remove the filter cover if possible; otherwise, you would need a wet and dry vacuum to clean out the filter. Once this is done, simply put everything back in place and load the dishwasher. The problem should be solved by now.

Electrical Outlets

What does an electrical outlet have to do with home plumbing appliances? A lot, if you consider that appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers, sump pumps, heaters, and other similar plumbing appliances run on electricity. If there is no electricity running through the outlets, the appliances would not function, right?

Before doing anything with the electrical outlet, make sure that the problem is not with the circuit breaker. To do this, all you need to do is to turn the circuit breaker off and then on again to reset it. Before declaring the problem solved, you have to understand that circuit breakers cut off power to outlets when the electricity trips, which means you have to check the outlets as well, especially if you have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed. This type of device will shut off the electric current when it detects electricity flowing through an unidentified path like water for example.

Making sure that the circuit breaker and the GFCI outlets are no longer tripping will ensure good electricity flow in your home. This also saves you about $100 in professional service fees.

Call Scott English Plumbing at (714) 987-9801 or 714-987-9801 for plumbing services.