Expensive Repairs Avoided


We all know the feeling – expensive repairs.  Calling out the repair man and receiving a massive bill.

Could this have been avoided?


Here are some true events that resulted in hefty bills which were just due to laziness or forethought.  Don’t let it happen to you.

1.  Blocked dishwasher.  A teacher who admitted she had called the repair man because her dishwasher was blocked.  After a few minutes work he had solved the problem – a build-up of sweet-corn. 

This was one expensive repair that could easily have been avoided.  Just rinse or scrape plates clean before putting in the dishwasher.


2.  A neighbour who neglected to pour a dose of drain cleaner down the outside drain every month?  Just put it down to avoid a pong and the bill for calling out the drain cleaning man. 


3.  The lady guest house owner who decided to avoid the bill of unblocking her loo after Dutch guests had decided to tip decomposing oranges (yes – oranges) down the loo. 

They reasoned that the oranges would have made their room smell - a blocked loo would probably have been worse!


The loo drained into a septic tank so great ‘fun’ was had unblocking the loo with rods and a hose.  At least a bill for expensive repairs was avoided, but not the best way to spend a hot, sunny morning.


4.  Save money on fuel and clothing. 

If you can avoid the of use an electric tumble dryer.  These are fine for saving effort, but if you can - use an outdoor washing line instead. 

It is only necessary to check the lint trap on a dryer to see the amount of lint that is removed from your clothing and towels whenever they are put in a dryer.  Make your clothes last longer.


5.  Clean your garden mower thoroughly with a small carpet brush every time you finish cutting the grass.  This will only take a few minutes. 

The local repair man says that come the start of the mowing season in the Spring his greatest source of income and profit are mowers that have not received this little bit of TLC and are suffering from ‘grass constipation’.  LOL.


Do you have tips on small chores that save you a mint of money in avoiding expensive repairs?  Share your tips so that we can pass these on to other readers.



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