DIY projects have always been a favorite pastime and even rewarding for homeowners since the past. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that trying to repair or replace broken or worn-out parts in the house is popular, simply because it can save you a whole ton of money and give a sense of accomplishment as well after you successfully repair a part of your home. While it’s admirable to learn to do your own “handy” work around the house, there are some repairs you shouldn’t go close to as a novice. Read on to learn more about the repairs you should leave to the hands of professionals.
1. Structural Repairs
One place you want to stay off if you are making repairs or renovations yourself is the walls, roof, pillars, window frames, and any other part of the house that is integral to its structure. With walls, you can easily damage a load-bearing wall, which can cause your home to become unstable or, worse, collapse. The roof also is a delicate part of the building that requires the right skills to repair. You should know the correct tiles or wood to use, the right equipment, safety measures, and the housing standard. Without a good understanding of the structure of your home, it’s easy to cause more damage while trying to repair a minor one. If the structural integrity of your home is compromised because of poor repairs, it can become difficult to sell your home in the future.
The bottom line is, you should leave any repair that will compromise any of the major structural parts of your home to the professionals.
2. Electrical Repairs
Electrical work is a delicate and skill-intensive field; the reason electricians spend all those years in school and apprenticeship mastering those skills. It is also dangerous for those without the technical know-how or expertise to engage in electrical repairs because of the risks involved.
Estimates show that thousands of people die from electrical shock worldwide. These estimates are similar in Singapore, as the home repair experts here advise people to always call in the experts to do the work. Simple electrical work like fixing one or two bulbs may be doable (with precautionary measures), but an expert should handle a technical issue like wiring.
Repairing electrical appliances in your house without the suitable qualification endangers not only you and your family but potentially anyone who will buy or rent the home after you. This danger exists because some electrical problems often take time to become apparent.
3. Plumbing Repairs
Fixing a broken water faucet may not require you to call a professional plumber. However, there are cases that you will need to because the plumbing system of a house can get so complex that a minor error on your part can cause minor to major leakage, and if left unattended, can lead to worse problems. Plumbing repair may not be life-threatening compared to electrical replacement, but it will cost you a lot of damage if the plumbing problem gets out of control.
Call for professional assistance to prevent situations like water leakages behind the wall and floor or the potential flooding of your house. When water gets under the carpet or behind the walls, it causes a lot of damage, and it may be too late when you notice the severity of the problem too.
4. Gas Appliances
Gas appliances are not as popular as they used to be because of the creation of their electrical counterparts. Although their lack of popularity doesn’t mean, they aren’t still used in some households today. An example is an inherited house. Trying to repair a gas appliance is risky because of the dangers associated with the task. Even if you take the precaution of switching off the device and repairing it, there may still be a leakage you didn’t pick. Because carbon monoxide can easily lead one to the hospital, it’s best to leave this to the professionals. Search for mechanics licensed to repair gas appliances when you are looking to call a professional to help.
Fixing and repairing your appliances yourself is a refreshing activity if you love to keep your hands busy. There’s no denying that it can also help save money. The only dangerous part of it is where an untrained person tries to fix a complex problem. Most times, the consequence may not be only financial but may also lead to severe injuries or worse – death. The home repairs covered on this list are better suited to professionals.