At least 775,000 people are injured in the U.S. each year due to “do it yourself” (DIY) home repairs.
People often choose to tackle home projects themselves to save money. The internet has made it easier to find helpful information for these projects. Unfortunately, this info isn’t always enough.
Are you a DIYer? While you may want to conquer home repairs and maintenance yourself, there are some jobs that should be left to professionals. Keep reading for the 5 home fixes you should never attempt on your own.
1. Most Electrical Work
It’s one thing to swap out a light fixture yourself or change an outlet. Beyond that, hire a professional.
Electrical fixes can be tricky. Even if you seem to know what you’re doing, the smallest mistake could burn your house down.
Remember that almost any amount of electrical current can kill you. If you have a job that’s beyond your expertise, call an electrician.
2. Garage Door Repairs
No matter how simple it may seem, you never want to repair a garage door yourself. There are several things you need to know.
Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds. If a door falls on you while you’re working on it you could end up with serious injuries.
You also never want to handle garage door springs on your own. The springs contain an extremely strong force. If something goes wrong it could cause serious damage to you and your home.
3. Plumbing Issues
To successfully work on your plumbing, you need extensive knowledge of your home’s plumbing system.
Copper, stainless steel, and PVC are some of the different types of piping used in your home. You need to know how to integrate the different pipes with whatever plumbing system your home requires.
Any mistakes could lead to extreme water damage and could cost you tons of money down the road. Save yourself time and money and call a plumber instead.
4. Roof Leaks
Even for professionals, roof work is dangerous.
A study found that one-third of all construction fatalities are due to falls off a roof. It’s not worth the risk.
For home roof repairs and leaks, a tube of caulk isn’t going to cut it. You need the proper roofing materials and the know-how to use them correctly. The smallest mistake could end up doing more damage with an even bigger leak.
5. Hot Water Heater Installation and Repairs
Installing and repairing gas water heaters come with significant safety risks.
The water tank needs to be the right size for your home and installed in the correct location. If the temperature of the tank is off, or the pressure relief is unable to function, an explosion could occur. You could burn down your house and suffer significant injuries in the process.
Instead of attempting to work on your hot water heater yourself, turn to the pros in your area.
Bottom Line: Leave Complex Home Fixes to the Pros
No matter how much of a home DIYer you are, there are some things that need to be left alone. Stick to the simple home fixes and leave the rest for the professionals.
It’s okay to ask for help with home repairs. It could save your life.
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