Be a DIY superhero: smart home fixes for lockdown

You’re in lockdown, and you’ve just noticed a problem around the house that needs fixing.  It’s not sufficiently urgent to call an emergency plumber or electrician, but it’s enough to cause irritation and inconvenience to you and the rest of the family.  So what do you do?


Fortunately, Lurot Brand’s Mews News magazine has the answer.  It has just published a handy list of household fixing hacks, showing you how to solve the problem and save money (you’ll also gain Brownie points for being a DIY superhero).

Dealing with drains

Who would have thought that humble store cupboard ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar could unblock a drain?  That’s one of the ingenious remedies suggested by Lurot Brand’s Head of Lettings, Mollie Crowley.  She also claims you can work wonders with a wire coat hanger!  Learn more here.

Radiator resourcefulness

Although we’ve been enjoying some warm weather, the evenings can get chilly.  If you’ve noticed that your central heating isn’t operating as well as it once did, it may be time to bleed your radiators.

“Bleeding” may sound dramatic, but it simply involves releasing trapped air from your radiator.  Provided you can lay your hands on a valve key (available from online retailers or hardware stores) it’s a relatively easy job.  Read Mollie’s tips for bleeding a radiator to make the most of your household heating.

Silencing squeaky floors and doors

There’s nothing more irritating than doors and floors that squeak as you pass through, but the answer to both issues may lie in your bathroom cupboard.  If you have talcum powder and Vaseline, you may be able to tackle both problems without resorting to professional help.

Read the article to pick up Mollie’s hacks for a squeak-free household (she’s got a pretty good tip for removing scuffs on wooden floors, too).

Releasing a stiff lock

If you are worried about a lock that seems to be getting worse, you can solve the problem with a graphite pencil.  Simply shave off some graphite with a knife and tip the shavings into the lock. Apparently it can act as a lubricant.  Who knew?!

Dysfunctional dryer

You may have noticed that your dryer isn’t as efficient as it used to be.  If so, there’s a quick fix that does the job brilliantly. Just turn it off, grab your vacuum cleaner and follow Mollie’s instructions to get rid of all the accumulated lint.

Blocked shower head

Limescale on your taps and shower is not only unsightly, but it can also affect your shower’s performance.  Used correctly, vinegar can banish limescale, restoring power to your shower and leaving your taps sparkling clean. 

If you want to know more about Mollie Crowley’s great home fixes, why not read the full article in Mews News?  But don’t stop there. The magazine is packed with fascinating features and you can also browse fantastic mews and hidden gem properties to buy or rent. 

And don’t forget, if you’re planning your next move now government restrictions have been lifted, Lurot Brand is here to help.

Try Mollie’s hacks