DIY Repairs You Should Not Do – A collaborative post
The age of YouTube has made it easier than ever for people to handle projects around the house themselves. The millions of DIY videos only bring home this innate need to create. Of course, it does not hurt that we also save money doing so.
This obsession with DIY projects is also backed with facts. By 2025, the home improvement market is projected to reach $680 billion.
A home should reflect the personality of the family living in it. Nowadays, you can personalize almost every part of your house to make it more “your” place to live — whether it’s your backyard and porch, or finding creative ways to upcycle wooden pallets.
However, there are some home repairs that you should never touch yourself, according to ASAP Restoration. If you encounter any of these situations, bring in repair services immediately. You will likely save more for the professional work rather than taking on the project yourself.
Here are some examples:
Plumbing. You can face a fine if you tinker around with the pipes around your house and property. Only licensed plumbers are allowed to fix your plumbing problem. Of course, if you are replacing a gasket or your leaky faucet, you can do that on your own. We are talking here of significant repair work or replacement.
Structural work. Today, the popularity of the open concept living space has never been so high. We can probably blame HGTV and other home renovation shows for that. However, you cannot take down walls or posts because you want more open space. You need to contact structural engineers to determine which walls are load-bearing.
Electrical. Faulty electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of house fires in the world. You never tinker with electricity because you are seriously risking your safety because you want to save money. It is best to call in a professional electrician to do the job. You would be glad you did.
Roof. The roof does not involve only your shingles. It also includes beams, trusses, chimney, struts, ceiling joists, and the like. Meanwhile, a leaking roof can be a symptom of a much bigger problem. A roofing contractor will assess the problem and give you a quote. You will have to bite the bullet when that time comes.
Gas lines. Gas is the primary source of US homes for heating. As of 2018, 95% of households use gas as an energy source. However, we do not have to elaborate on the dangers of experimenting around this highly volatile substance. When you have problems with your central heating, call in the professionals.
It may be fun and fulfilling to DIY some stuff but this is not always the case when it comes to home repair. The appeal of DIY can boil down to three things: savings, creativity, and control. However, the lack of experience will only result in worsening the problem. It takes considerably more costly to repair a failed DIY project than allowing the professional to fix the problem in the first place. So, before you decide to DIY that repair, think again.