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Don't DIY These Home Repairs

 Homeowners are often looking for ways to save a little money on the upkeep of their properties, and there is nothing wrong with that, however, when it comes to DIY, it is important to think carefully about whether you should go ahead and do your own repairs or have a professional handle them for you instead.






With that in mind, here are some common home repairs that you should probably not DIY!


Plumbing repairs


Okay, so you can probably change the washer on a leaky faucet or unblock the drains yourself, but if your plumbing problem is more serious than that, it is probably a good idea to call in a qualified plumber to do the work for you. Why? Because plumbing systems are pretty complex and one wrong move can leave you dealing with a flood.


Most people get into trouble when they try to install their own power showers, toilers, or plumbing systems. Making modifications to the plumbing system requires expert knowledge. If you don’t seal your toilet tight enough, for example, it is likely to leak, or if you reroute your sewer pipe to the wrong place, things could get messy. Let the professionals do their thing!


Roofing repairs


Most people in the know would not recommend that you do a DIY job on your roof. Although repairing the odd tile or shingle can be pretty simple, many people injure themselves in the process of carrying tools and materials to and from the roof.


Not only that, but experts roofers know exactly how to repair roofs so that they will last. If you aren’t sure you can say the same, then you could be putting your home at risk of leaks and water damage, which is why, again, it is a good idea to call in a professional who has lots of experience and knows how to handle the repair safely and effectively.


Electrical repairs


This should almost go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how many homeowners think they can save themselves a bit of money by doing their own electrical repairs! Electricity can kill instantly, it can also cause house fires and all manner of other injuries. If you don’t know what you are doing - in other words, unless you are a qualified electrician, you should not be going anywhere near your home’s electrics.


Sure, you can change the odd fuse or rewire the occasional appliance, but anything more involved than that, and you absolutely need to call in someone who knows what they are doing.


Gas repairs


Gas is every bit as dangerous as electricity, so if you have a gas appliance that needs to be repaired, a cooker or heater, for example, there is no way that you should attempt it yourself unless you happen to be qualified to do so. It only takes one mistake for a gas leak to happen, and since it is often impossible to detect gas leaks, you can be very sick or even deceased before you even know you have a problem., If your repair job involves the gas supply line, leave it to someone else. 


Asbestos removals


Asbestos is a natural mineral that is present in many old homes because it was great at insulating houses and resisting fire, but it is also seriously dangerous. When you breathe in large amounts of asbestos, it can give you a condition known as mesothelioma which can affect your breathing and even cause death.


It should, then, go without saying that you should not attempt to remove asbestos from your home yourself. Leave it to a professional removal company that has all the right safety equipment and who knows all of the correct techniques to minimize exposure. It's very important to know what does asbestos look like or at least, signs of it being present.


Anything you don’t feel comfortable doing


If you do not feel comfortable doing a repair yourself or you are unsure of your abilities to complete the repair in a way that is safe for you, and which will get the repair done to a high standard, it is probably a good idea to give it a miss and get someone else who does know how to do it instead. 


Botched repairs can cost more money in the long term and if the whole point of doing repairs yourself is to save money, there’s no point doing so if you cannot do them to a high enough standard, right?


If you’re thinking about DIY-ing any of these repairs, you might just want to think again, for the sake of your home and your health!


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