When you have kids, nothing in your home is safe from them. Leave them alone for just a second and they’ll find a way to make a mess or break something. When these mishaps eventually happen, you’ll want to know the best way to take care of the situation. Below are 6 home repairs you’ll likely have to handle at some point thanks to your kids and what you can do about them.
As a parent, it’s a good idea to not get too attached to anything glass in your home. Chances are, at some point or another, your kids will find a way to break it. Whether it’s accidentally knocking a vase off a shelf, a baseball through a window, or a thrown toy cracking a picture frame, it’s only a matter of time before you’re picking up glass off the floor.
When this happens, the best thing you can do is ensure you clean up every piece of glass. Even a tiny piece left behind can slice open someone’s foot, so thoroughly check the surrounding area. You can try to prevent this from happening in the first place by storing glass items in harder to reach places, but there’s only so much you can do. You should also make sure you have a first aid kit at home and know how to use it, to help keep your kids safe.
A Clogged Drain
For some reason, kids seem to love putting things in our drains. One moment everything is fine and the next you find your child shoving toilet paper into the toilet and flushing it, causing it to overflow. Clogged drains are common in any home with kids, so you may want to have the number of a good plumber stored on your phone.
When you have an issue with your plumbing, you may be tempted to handle the issue yourself. However, according to Australia’s Fix It Right Plumbing, “Plumbing is a tricky thing. We have attended may jobs that could have been straight forward but actually turned out to be quite difficult...It's best to leave all plumbing jobs, even small ones, to the professionals.”
Having any carpet in a home with kids is just asking for trouble. No matter how careful you are, it won’t be long before your kids spill their juice on the carpet or run their dirty hands and feet through it. If you are set on having carpet in your home, the best thing you can do is learn how to get out common stains. Grab yourself some decent stain remover then follow these suggestions for getting out different stains.
Even though your kids aren’t the ones regularly using appliances, they may still find a way to break them. Any parents can likely imagine this scenario – you’re cooking in the kitchen, and your child pulls up a chair to stand on so they can watch. You turn around to put something into the oven, and when you turn back around, your child has accidentally pushed your toaster or coffee maker onto the floor. They had no reason for doing this, they just wanted to see what would happen.
It may seem implausible, but your kids will find a way to damage some of your appliances. Learning some basic appliance repair tips, or having the number of a good repair service in your area, are the best solutions.
No matter how clean you try to keep your kids, they’ll find a way to get dirty – especially their hands. By now you’ve probably already picked up a remote control, your phone, or tablet and found that your kids left something sticky on them. You can’t simply through your electronic devices in the dishwasher, so you’ll need to learn how to clean them properly. Grab yourself some sanitation wipes and follow these tips to ensure you don’t damage the item further when you try to clean it.
Marked Up Walls
Finally, for some reason, kids love to draw on the walls. If you haven’t come home from work yet with a mural on your wall, it’s only a matter of time. To prevent this, give your kids art supplies that can easily be washed off with water. It’s also a good idea to save any leftover paint for that room so that you can cover up their drawings if you need to.
No matter what you do, you can’t keep your kids from damaging things within your home. However, you can prepare yourself and make the most of a bad situation. With a few precautionary steps and by learning a few repair techniques, you can keep your home in order as your kids slowly try to destroy it.