Keeping your house in good repair can maintain its value. Do-it-yourself projects are appealing since they can save money. Home improvement television shows can make complicated maintenance look easy.
About DIY Home Repairs
Many homeowners learn the hard way that repairs are more challenging in the real world. Go ahead and make small updates or fixes yourself, but leave large-scale jobs to the professionals. Avoid the following dangerous things that can happen with DIY home repairs.
Repair Costs Skyrocket
Sometimes DIY repairs pose a serious threat to your wallet. If something goes wrong, you’ll have to call a professional to redo your work. That extra effort can cost a lot more than if you hired a trained technician in the first place. For urgent issues including lack of heat on a bitterly cold night, you’ll pay extra for emergency service.
You Can Sustain Serious Injuries
For electrical upgrades or rewiring, call a trained technician. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to get electrocuted. Stay off your roof, too. Experienced roofers scale ladders and balance on rooftops every day. Homeowners can easily lose their balance and fall off a ladder or fall off a roof. You could break a leg or sustain serious injuries.
You Could Face a Sweltering or Freezing House
When you don’t know what you’re doing, you can do severe damage to your system, inflict injuries on yourself, and cause your heating and cooling system to shut down. Then you’ll wait for emergency repairs while your house is either too hot or too cold.
Structural Damage Can Occur
Open floor plans are popular. You want to take out the wall between the kitchen and living room. Why not get the job started yourself? Bad idea: Unless you know how to read blueprints, you can’t know if that wall you want to demo is a load-bearing wall.
If you attempt to dig out your basement to make more space, for example, you could cause the walls to collapse. Don’t attempt any projects of this nature. Hire a licensed contractor and an engineer.
Leaks Become Floods
Water seeping into your floors can affect the structural integrity of your home. You may fancy yourself a weekend warrior, but if you’re not a licensed plumber, don’t try to repair your pipes. After all, do you even know what types of pipes you have, such as PVC, copper, or brass?
If you’re inexperienced, you can make a small problem worse. Minor leaks can be a sign of a larger issue that you can’t see. Water can collect from a leak inside the walls where biological growth can develop unchecked and make you sick. Go ahead and take on that leaky faucet. For bigger jobs, call a plumber.
Don’t be afraid to make simple fixes such as unclogging your toilet or painting the walls, but hire a professional for bigger, more complex jobs. You’ll avoid getting hurt and spending extra money to have someone correct your mistakes.