Do-it-yourself projects are great for several reasons. Hiring a professional every time something goes wrong can quickly add up. Before you know it, you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on home repairs you could have completed yourself. While there are simple repairs you can tackle yourself, there are some that are better left in the hands of professionals.
Trying to DIY the following four home repairs is not only unsafe but costly if you mess up.
We all know that fixing a roof can be risky. Not only do you risk taking a fall and injuring yourself, but unless you know exactly what you’re doing, you risk making matters worse. You may be looking at a leak in the roof or a few damaged shingles. Unless you absolutely know how to fix the issue and the safety gear you need to use, hire a professional. Also, your home insurance probably won’t cover the damage done to your home as a result of you trying to repair it yourself. If your insurance company decides you were negligent, you’ll have to pay for all expenses out of pocket. This will be much more expensive than if you’d just hired a residential roofing repair company.
You need to be cautious of the electrical projects you take on yourself. Anything that goes beyond replacing a fuse or rewiring a socket needs to be left in the hands of professionals. Repairs that deal with high voltages can do serious damage not only to your home but your body. A poorly done electrical repair will cause more damage and pose a fire risk that can destroy your home. The risk involved with electrical repairs just isn’t worth it. Hire a professional to make sure your home is wired properly and safely. You’ll save yourself the trouble of potential missteps leading to financial and physical burdens.
Plumbing systems are intricate and must be handled with accuracy and precision. Even the smallest errors can set everything off balance. Regardless of how easy a task looks, leave it to a licensed expert. Of course, you can complete plumbing related jobs yourself like installing a washing machine or changing a showerhead, but don’t tackle projects that impact your plumbing system directly.
Examples of problems you shouldn’t tackle yourself include:
- Clogged drains
- Broken toilets
- Frozen pipes
- Water heater malfunctions
- Anything concealed within wall cavities, underground, or ceilings
Gas Appliance Repairs
Many home appliances like your stove, water heater, or oven run on gas. When you experience a problem with any of these appliances, you may consider fixing it yourself. When this happens, stop and ask yourself how experienced you are with these home repairs. Gas is like water; any error that you make can result in a leak. While a gas leak won’t eat away at your property as water leaks do, it does pose a fire hazard. More seriously, it could kill the people living within the household from carbon monoxide poisoning. Whenever you experience a problem, get in touch with a professional to learn more about your options. They may be able to tell you how to fix it yourself, or if it’s something more serious, they will take care of the issue for you. It’s better to be safe than sorry and seek professional help when it comes to gas appliance repairs.
While do-it-yourself projects bring a certain satisfaction, there are just some home repairs that are better left in the hands of experts. Consider calling the experts for these four home repairs before fixing anything yourself!