How to Fix Creaks & Leaks

Have a honey-do list that seems never ending? Let a handyman take care of those small home improvement projects that keep adding up.

Owning a home is serious business, and it requires serious upkeep. From leaky faucets to cracks in the drywall, sometimes it can feel like your home maintenance list is a mile long. Not good with tools? Don't have the time to tackle those small repairs? Don't worry! A handyman can help with everything from creaks and cracks to drips and drops.

The Handyman Can

Searching for someone to handle those annoying cracks, creaks, and leaks in your home? Look no further than your local handyman! Since handymen are typically skilled in a wide variety of areas, they can help with many projects throughout your home. No matter if you're struggling to find the source of a leak or if you don't have time to repair drywall cracks, a handyman can help you cross items off that home maintenance list.

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Let's Fix Those Cracks

Are cracks in walls, ceilings, and floors a design eyesore? Absolutely. Could cracks signal that there is an underlying issue, like structural problems? Possibly. Is it a bad idea to avoid fixing the cracks in your home? Yes. But don't stress! A handyman can help repair cracks as well as locate the root of the problem.

Drywall Cracks

Drywall cracks are home repair issues that you want to address right away. If left untreated, both surface cracks and deep cracks can expand and cause further damage. But a bad drywall patch can leave walls and ceilings looking even worse than they started. Carefully consider if you have the skillset needed before tackling drywall repairs on your own.

Better Homes & Gardens Tip: If drywall holes, dents, and dings are detracting from your home's beauty, a handyman can fix all of these projects at once. Your home will look like new in no time!

Floor Cracks

While several types of flooring material can crack, it's most common to see cracks in tile, stone, and cement. Pay special attention to untreated concrete flooring in your basement or garage, as these areas are especially susceptible to cracks. The specific repair needed to patch cracked floors will depend on the flooring material itself. Concrete cracks can often be filled in with more concrete, but tile and stone flooring prove a little more difficult. For a consistent look and feel, you may need to replace a few of the tiles or stones.

Have tile surfaces in your home? If your tile is grouted, the grout itself can crack. This crack repair typically requires removing the old grout before you can replace it. If you're thinking about repairing grout cracks on your own, make sure you are capable of managing this process without chipping the actual tile. To avoid any grout repair mishaps, get in contact with a local handyman.

Time to Quiet the Creaks

Are creaky stairs or floorboards driving you up the wall? While creaks are easy to notice, finding and treating the problem can prove to be a bit more difficult. Squeaky floors are usually the result of floorboards rubbing together or against a nail shaft. The solution to squeaky floors may require adding new nails or applying talcum powder. A handyman can help determine the least invasive way to cure your squeaky floors.

Are creaks coming from other areas of your house? From squeaky hardwood floors and doors to refrigerators and chairs, a local handyman may be able to take care of all of these noise issues!

Silence Squeaky Stairs

With the number of times we run up and down the stairs, it's no wonder that staircases are prone to developing squeaks. Oftentimes, squeaky stairs will be easier to fix from underneath. If you can't reach the underside of your staircase, you're not out of luck. Repairs can also be made from the top of stairs. However, repairing squeaky stairs from above can threaten the design of your staircase, so you want to make sure it is handled professionally.

Carpet that covers squeaky stairs or floors could present an extra challenge. Be aware that if you have to fix squeaks from above, you may be forced to pull back the carpeting to get to the root of the problem.

Look Out for Leaks, Drips, & Drops

Not only is the faucet that won't stop dripping a nuisance, but if it turns into a full-on leak, it can become a serious issue. From faucets, to toilets, to roofs, you don't want to put off leak repairs.

Leaking Faucet

Older faucets that are located in high-traffic areas deteriorate faster, leading to drips and leaks. Don't be fooled by a slow drip! Dripping faucets may seem minor, but over time you'll pay for that wasted water in increased water bills. Slow drips are also known to escalate into major leaks that can ruin cabinets and floors, so it's best to handle these problems right away. While specific sink repairs depend on the type of faucet, some of the common steps include: turning off the water, removing the faucet, and inspecting the area to find the problem.

Better Homes & Gardens Tip: Not only can a handyman take care of leaking faucets, but they can also handle those pesky drain clogs and garbage disposals! While they're at it, you can have them check out that low water pressure that's been driving you crazy too.

Leaking Toilet

When it comes to leaks, toilets are another area of concern. From plumbing and sealing issues to clogs, a leaky toilet should not be ignored. As soon as you notice a toilet issue that could signal a leak or water damage, you'll want to contact a local plumber.

Have a toilet that won't stop running? A handyman can help fix this problem too!

Leaking Roof

A leaking roof is many homeowners' worst nightmare. When undetected or untreated, leaky roofs can lead to serious mold and mildew buildup throughout your home. Failing to repair a leaky roof can also compromise your home's structural integrity. But roof leaks can be especially tricky to notice if they are not in one of your main living areas. Regular home inspections can help prevent water damage from hiding in walls or under floorboards.

Emergency Handyman Services

When it comes to concerns like leaks, an emergency situation can arise out of nowhere. If you come home to find a severe leak or puddle of water, it's time to find a handyman. It doesn't take long for water to damage floors, walls, cabinets, and ceilings, so we recommend getting in contact with a professional right away. Emergency leaks are difficult to plan for, but the sooner you can address the problem the less likely you'll be to get stuck with extensive, more costly repairs.

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