27 June 2016

When to Call the Experts: Don't Tackle These Jobs Yourself


DIY has grown in popularity over the last few years. People are renovating and revamping their homes, rather than enlisting the services of a specialist. This has been made easier by the range of products that are aimed at this market. Online tutorials, blog posts, and how-tos show us how to update our homes step-by-step.

The satisfaction from completing these tasks is significant. This is evidenced by the blog posts, Pinterest boards, and online images devoted to this. It also provides a significant cost saving as you don’t have to pay for labor. However, there are areas that shouldn’t be tackled by anyone other than an expert.

Roofing--

Fixing the roof is always something that should be tackled by a specialist roofer. Several times a year it’s a good idea to check your roof for signs of damage. This is particularly important after the winter months, especially after bad weather. Never climb to the roof. Check it from the ground using binoculars. If you notice problems, then enlist the help of a specialist roofer.

If you suffer damage following a storm, find out about emergency repairs in your area. Emergency companies will make immediate temporary repairs to get you through the night [or weekend].


Electrics--

Another area that should never be tackled alone is electrics. Tinkering in this area can cause serious injury and even death. Don’t take the risk, call a certified electrician.

As with other areas of your home, check electrical components regularly. Check outlets for signs of damage and keep an eye on all wiring. If cables are damaged, then they need replacing. You should also check light fittings and down lighters.

Faulty electrics can lead to electric shocks and fire. If you are unsure or see signs of damage, always phone an electrician.

Making Structural Changes--

We often see home improvement programs which transform homes by creating large open spaces. Walls are removed or knocked through to create open-plan areas. However, this is not something that should be approached by a novice. By knocking down walls you could cause structural damage to the house, and put occupants at risk. Always seek the services of a building contractor.


Sewage--

If you suffer a sewage spill, leave your home immediately and call the experts. Sewage is a safety hazard and should only be tackled by specialists. They will have all of the required tools and equipment to deal with the waste. They will also have protective clothing.

Plumbing--

Depending on your expertise, there may be some jobs you can tackle yourself. For example, changing a tap or shower head. But you should only do this if you have some knowledge in this area. If you’re unsure, always ask for help.

For larger jobs, always call a plumber. In some instances, leaks may not be apparent for some time. Until action is taken, they are causing damage to your home. So always err on the side of caution and find a reputable plumber.

Making updates to your home can be extremely rewarding. But know your limits. Where an expert is required, it’s much cheaper to contact someone at the outset. Putting right damage caused by amateur renovations will be much more costly. And, it could threaten your safety.

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