Imagine coming home from work to find that your child has just broken an expensive ornament. Or imagine waking up to find that your bookshelf is about to collapse on itself. What do you do? The first call of action should be to look for a way to repair it. You can do this using several different ways including strong glues and adhesives, DIY repairs or calling a professional.
Using Strong Glues and Adhesives
There are a variety of glue products to help you tackle difficult repairs in your house. Some work better on a wooden surface while others are more suitable for plastics. You can find a selection at your local supermarket or DIY store. If you’re unsure on which product to do, ask someone who works at the shop. The last thing you want is to buy an adhesive that doesn’t work for you. For example, you would need to use a different type of glue to repair a broken toy than you would if you were fixing your shoe.
Before you start to apply the glue, you need to prepare the surface. If you have any sandpaper, gently rub the surface until it becomes smooth. Wipe the residue with a damp tissue and wait for it to air dry. Do this on all the surfaces that you’re going to apply the glue. When you do, hold the surface together and apply a light pressure for at least a minute. Then put it in a secure position where the glue can set properly over the next 24 hours. Depending on the type of object, you might need to clean the residue from the glue using sandpaper again.
If a larger object in your home breaks, you can repair it using a series of DIY methods. Using the example of the bookshelf mentioned above, you could repair it yourself with a bracket. Sometimes you might need to completely replace the shelf. But it’s easier enough to do so. Most people have a drawer full of materials that they can use if they’re faced with emergency repair work. If not, you can get almost any type of nail, screw or tool from your local DIY store. Just make sure that you get the right size.
Calling a Professional
If you’re faced with a large area of damage, you’d need to call professional help. This can include finding that your water pipes are leaking, your roof tiles are coming loose or a problem with the drainage. If it’s something that you don’t feel confident doing, it’s better to get someone else to do it. You might have to spend a little extra upfront, but it will save you much more in the long run. Before you hire anyone to do work in your house, you should always check their references and credentials.
What to Do When Something Breaks at Home
If something small breaks, you can usually repair it using glue. Otherwise grab your toolbox and do the work DIY-style. You should always get professional help for larger scale damage or anything that involves gas or electricity.