Some of us are fortunate enough to be gifted with the skill of being good at DIY. However, there are some times where it isn’t safe or financially advisable to repair items yourself. Let’s face it, there are often warning signs in the home that will require an expert to fix. Here are 5 jobs in the home that you can’t, and shouldn’t repair yourself.
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Plumbing Issues & Leaks
There are simple household issues you can DIY yourself when it comes to plumbing – like unclogging drains or replacing taps. But there are ultimately times when the problem is too great and you need to find a trusted plumber. If you have a leak coming from an unknown source, a cracked pipe, or you need to move pipes around, definitely call a trusted plumber. The same goes for extensive kitchen or bathroom renovations – call in an expert to get the job done properly.
Changing a light switch? You can probably do that yourself. But if you need any rewiring, your fuses keep blowing, or for any significant electrical problems, call an electrician. If you are experiencing flickering lights, or have sparking appliances, it could be a sign that there are wider problems in the home that require a qualified electrician to fix. Fixing things yourself or via an unqualified expert can lead to wider problems with your electrics later down the line.
Roofing is an integral part of your home, protecting it from adverse weather and keeping your home waterproof. If you think your roof is damaged, old or has been exposed to stormy weather, call in a roofer for an expert analysis. Calling a qualified roofer will also ensure that you are protecting your property price at the time that you come to sell it. A damaged roof can significantly impact the value of your home.
HVAC Repair & Cleaning
Getting your HVAC unit regularly serviced by an HVAC expert will keep your unit running for longer and operating more effectively. Unserviced HVACs can be far more costly to repair or replace, so having an expert come and assess your air conditioning and heating systems will save you money in the long run. HVAC cleaning should also be done by experts – air ducts can have debris build up right into the vents, leading allergens and germs to circulate through your home.
Pests can cause damage to your home, be it mice, or a silverfish infestation. If you’ve been trying and failing to get rid of pests in the home, calling an expert can be the best solution. If you have kids or pets, calling pest control is the safest way to protect them. If you have one small mouse in your garden, you’re probably fine, but if you repeatedly see damage, debris or physical pests in your home, an expert is the safest option.
Generally speaking, if you’re ever unsure about whether to DIY or call an expert, the best option is to call in a professional. Keep yourself safe from further damage or an impact to your property value by investing in someone that can fix the problem for you.
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