There are plenty of home repairs that you can take care of yourself with some simple tools and a little know-how. In fact, it can be fun and empowering to know how to fix minor problems as they arise.
But there are some repairs that are best left to a professional, due to the need for costly, specialized equipment, extensive knowledge or a large work crew. If you try to tackle some of these repairs yourself, you’ll probably end up making things worse or simply putting a band aid on the problem, and it will be more expensive to have a pro come fix it later.
Here are some of the home professionals you should never hesitate to call.
Gas Appliance Repair
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real risk associated with any faulty gas appliance. Natural gas is also highly flammable. If you make any mistakes in repairing a gas appliance, you could cause a gas leak, and you may not find out about it until it’s too late.
Even repairs that seem simple, like shutting off the gas supply to an oven, removing the gas pipe in order to move the oven (for a deep-clean, for flooring projects or for taking the appliance with you when you move), and reinstalling the gas pipe could lead to poor connections and possible gas leaks.
Calling in a professional who is accredited by a reputable program in appliance repair is ideal, as even a “professional” home repairman may not have enough experience with gas appliances to know when there is a problem.
Making a mistake with an electrical repair could not only lead to electrocution, but also spark a fire. There are too many factors at play that you need to be aware of to ensure your immediate and long-term safety. If you have any sort of electrical problem, call in a trained professional.
This includes not only electrical repairs, but also installations. While you may feel confident after watching a couple of YouTube videos, it’s just not the same as a certified electrician’s extensive background knowledge and safety training.
Installing or repairing a roof seems easy on paper, but it is anything but. Even with an entire team of experienced roofers, it can take all day to install a roof. Imagine how long it will take you and your buddies to slog through the process. Do you really want your house, your greatest investment, to go that long without adequate protection from the elements?
Roofing is also dangerous, since it’s easy to slip, lose your balance and fall. Plus, you’ll be handling heavy materials, which makes it even more difficult. And if you’re in direct sun, you’ll get hot and uncomfortable very quickly.
Roof tiles will expand and contract in response to environmental conditions, and if they aren’t placed precisely where they should be, you could end up with a bumpy roof. You probably want to install or repair the roof yourself in order to save money, and you probably need to make these repairs due to a leaky roof. But if you make a mistake, you’ll still have a leaky roof. And as an amateur, you’re bound to make a mistake. Save yourself the time and frustration and pay an experienced professional to do it right the first time.
You wouldn’t want to fix your home’s roof on your own, and neither should you try to fix your home’s foundation. For one, it requires specialized equipment due to the nature of the repairs. Cracks that look small can eventually turn into giant problems. Moisture control is important to consider.
Foundation problems can manifest in different ways, including bumpy floors, doors that won’t close correctly and cracked walls. These can all point to an unbalanced home and a sinking or unstable foundation.
Foundation repairs should be immediately addressed by a well-known, licensed company, such as Allen’s Foundation.
If you are renovating your old house, it’s very likely that you have asbestos present somewhere. Asbestos is only harmful when the dust gets into the air (and then into your lungs), which will happen very easily when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed during demolition or renovation.
In fact, asbestos is so well-known for its direct link to health problems that a special permit is required for its removal. Save yourself from the headache and worry and let the pros handle the paperwork and the asbestos removal itself. Then, when it’s all clear, you can get back in there and continue your DIY project.
Major Plumbing Repairs
Pipes will break down over time or suffer damage from tree roots or other disturbances. For any plumbing problem that you can’t easily see or reach (in other words, if it’s more than just a clogged drain or a leaky faucet), you should definitely let a professional, certified plumber take care of it for you. Plumbers use specialized equipment to make repairs in tight areas. They may also need heavy machinery to dig a trench to access pipes.
Plumbers, electricians and other journeymen have plenty of experience and training in solving both complex and simple home repair problems. Give yourself peace of mind by knowing that the job will be done right, and don’t hesitate to call these professionals as soon as a problem arises.
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This article was written by Cathy Habas for Hutbay Blog. Cathy is a professional freelancer who loves writing informative and interesting articles on interior design and home renovation.