When you own a home, there are a lot of repairs that are going to need to be done. If you have children, they are going to need to know how to handle these repairs when they get older and take over the house that you own now or when they move out and get their own home. Here are the top five repairs that you need to make sure that your child knows how to do themselves before they get older.
Teach your child to handle a stuck door and door types
There are many different door types and no matter what kind of door that you have, you are always going to have issues with it. You need to make sure that your child knows how to latch on a door properly so that it doesn’t get stuck, or to take off a door that is jammed, and fix a doorknob that is too loose. All of these are pretty simple tasks and repairs and can be done in less than an hour. If you have interior sliding barn doors, it might take a little bit longer to go through the taking off and installing again process.
Teach them how to fix a leak in the roof
Make sure that your children know the process of fixing the roof after a leak. Whether this is related to the roof pipe issue or simply just a loose tile on your roof that lets rain through, make sure that your child is involved in all of the repairs.
Teach your child how to fix the toilet when it is having issues
A toilet can have a lot of issues. It can refuse to flush, it can become clogged through the sewer system, and it can have a line broke in the top of it that is preventing the bowl from fully filling up. You want to go over all of these issues with your child and let them know the best ways to fix them. Some issues, like the clogging due to the sewer system, will need a more professional hand to fix, but this is another great time to let your child know that it is okay to ask for help when it is needed.
Show your child that there are pieces in the back of the toilet that can snap off and will need to be replaced, and show them the proper way to unclog a toilet and snake the drain so that they don’t end up with a mess in their bathroom floor when they are older.
Teach your child how to fix leaking pipes
A common problem that all houses have, no matter the year or model of the house, is leaking pipes. You can install new pipes every single year and still face this issue at some point in your life. You will need to make sure that your child knows how to handle a difficult leaking pipe. Show them around, let them try to figure out where the pipe is leaking, what is causing the leak, and tell them about the damages that could happen if they don’t fix it in a certain amount of time.
If the leaking pipe is in the roof, you can show them how the water will travel and cause more problems in other rooms if it doesn’t get fixed. Let them know that it is extremely important to fix a leak to prevent molding and worsening water damage. If you can’t fix it yourself, show your child that it is okay to call for a repairman when it is needed so that the job is done the right way.
Teach them how to connect a new power fuse when your old one dies
Another issue that your child will likely have in the future is one with the power box and the fuses inside of it. Again, no matter how often you check on these fuses and replace the ones that are older, you will always have a faulty fuse. You need to make sure that your child knows how to fix a fuse issue so that they are never stuck going a weekend without power because all of the power repair companies are closed until Monday.