When it comes to home renewal projects that you discover during the course of fall cleaning, there are many that you can do on your own. It’s fairly easy to replace shingles on a roof. It’s fairly easy to clean downspouts. It’s fairly easy to replace filters of various sorts. And it’s fairly simple to inspect your home’s heating system.
Your ability to do these tasks quickly and well might embolden you to think that equipped with a good monkey wrench, a reliable hammer, a few power tools, and enough screws and nails, you can do anything.
However, there are many things that you should not do on your own, things that are either delicate and can get worse if you mess them up, things that require specialized tools that you can’t rent, things that require years of knowledge and experience, and things that are dangerous to do.
Two of the biggest things that you should not do on your own are plumbing and electrical problems.
Why You Should Not Do Your Own Plumbing
When you see a leak in the ceiling and you suspect it’s a pipe that you can simply fix with your tools, don’t reach for a monkey wrench, call a professional service like Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.
While you do have to pay more for hiring an experienced professional than making plumbing modifications on your own, chances are that it will cost you a lot if you make mistakes because you don’t know what you’re doing.
Sometimes, too, plumbing can be dangerous. For instance, if you are re-routing your sewer pipes, then you’ll need a blowtorch. If you’ve never used one before in your life, you could be at risk for serious injury.
A plumber will make sure that your plumbing systems work and that your pipes will stop leaking and that all the changes made are up to code.
Natural Gas and Sewer Lines
You will definitely need a plumber if you have natural gas problems and other gas leaks. Messing up can result in an instant explosion that could cause you injury or death, or that could destroy your house. Call a plumber that’s certified in natural gas repairs.
Another thing that you should not do on your own is work on unclogging sewer lines. First of all, they are very difficult to access. But, even if you do find a way to access them, you will need to use highly-specialized, expensive machinery to get the job done properly.
Why You Should Not Do Your Own Electrical Issues
If you have some electrical problems that baffle you, it might seem that all you have to do is look up the solution on Google and then implement it. Nut it’s better to call an electrician than expose yourself to a fatal electric shock.
While it’s easy enough to replace switches, repair light fittings, replace flexible cords connected to outlets, fit plugs to a flexible cord, and replace fuse wires, you should first turn off all power to the house and make sure that conductors are not live. Other than these types of minor repairs, you should call in a professional.
The worst electrical mistakes homeowners make fall into two categories:
- An immediate injury. Since the electrical system is complicated, you could make a small error and electrocute yourself.
- Setting up a future disaster. You could make the repairs without any shock, but make an electrical mistake that could later result in a house fire.
In closing, then, while there is much that you can do on your own in your house by simply consulting a manual or looking it up on the internet, there are some things that you should avoid doing even if you think you know how. These two things are usually in the area of plumbing and electrical repairs. If you don’t know what you’re doing because you’ve never done it before, you could make a mistake that will cost you more in the long run. Sometimes, too, you could even endanger yourself or others around you, especially if you’re working with tools you’re unfamiliar with or with electrical systems or power tools.
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