Even if you consider yourself a handy person, trying to fix every repair job in your home can turn into a costly and potentially disastrous mistake. Certain repairs need to be left to the professionals who are knowledgeable and certified to complete them. Here are five home repair projects that should always be completed by an expert.
Simple repairs like replacing a toilet or faucet probably won’t require a professional. When it comes to moving pipes or re-routing a plumbing system, call a trained technician. Hot water runs through copper pipes, and any modifications will need to be properly welded with a blow torch. Completed incorrectly could cause a small leak, which could lead to a bigger one. Extensive water damage will not only be costly to clean up but could cause mold, which can be a serious health hazard.
Minor repairs like changing a light switch are fine, but fixing or replacing circuit boards requires a professional. Do not chance it, call an electrician. Often times a permit is needed to ensure building codes are met. Working with a live current is extremely dangerous and could lead to a house fire if mistakes occur.
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Incorrectly repairing roof shingles may allow water to seep in, resulting in leaks and an even heftier repair bill. Even worse, falls from a roof are a lot more common than you might think. Tumbling off a steep or slippery roof has led to serious injury or death. A roofing contractor will have the skills and safety equipment available to minimize the chance of accidents.
Never try to make repairs to a gas line around your home. When gas lines are not properly installed, a leak can seep into the house resulting in a slow poisoning through carbon monoxide or trigger an explosion. Both lead to tragic fatalities every year. Contact a plumber or HVAC contractor who is trained and will ensure the safety of everyone.
Rounding your friends up to cut down the old maple in your backyard may seem like a good idea, but could be a costly failure. The tree may fall on you, your house, or even your neighbor’s house. Call an experienced tree trimmer. They employ professional techniques and the proper equipment to remove large trees, protecting you and your neighbor’s property.
Have fun with those DIY projects around the house, but know when to call a professional. Hire a trained contractor to avoid costly accidents or a potentially life-threatening injury.