When it comes to emergency home jobs, it’s always a good idea to know how to handle things and get things back under control. As a homeowner, it’s important to have some DIY knowledge so you can make some repairs and keep up the maintenance of your home yourself. However, some jobs are too difficult, too dangerous or can cause too much damage to be done by an amateur. Here’s when you should call in the professionals, no matter how tempted you are to have a go yourself.
- Structural works. Any kind of structural work, such as installing steels or beams or knocking out load-bearing internal walls, should always be left to a professional. No matter how confident you feel, don’t risk it, or you might find the whole job falls down around your ears. A professional can do the job properly, making sure your home is still structurally sound when they’re done.
- Electrics. Need some rewiring done? Want to add a new light switch or power point in a room at home? Call an electrician. Playing around with electrics you don’t really understand is very dangerous. Avoid electric shocks and nasty electric fires by steering well clear of this dangerous task.
- Plumbing. On similar logic, messing about with the water supply to your home can end up causing you to create damage that will be even more expensive to repair. Don’t try and repair anything more complicated than tightening a loose tap, and call a plumber instead. There’s a reason that plumbers study their trade for a long time before they start messing around with the pipes.
- Appliance repair. Is the washing machine making a horrible noise? Is the oven not getting to temperature? Don’t try and fix it yourself, as you could damage it further, void any warranties and end up causing yourself injury. Appliance repair experts can repair your items without these risks, so don’t hesitate to call them in.
- Roofing. Roofing is a skilled trade and people learn how to do it properly and safely for a long time. Getting up there yourself isn’t safe. You could cause costly damage to your roof, or take a nasty tumble yourself. If you’re worried about the cost, buy in the materials like tiles yourself, but always use a professional to do the work.
- Gas leaks. Smell gas somewhere in your home? Do not try and find it and fix it. Instead a registered gas safe engineer immediately so they can quickly and safely find and fix the problem.
- Removing asbestos. Asbestos was once a popular material for fireproofing and insulation, but it’s actually a very dangerous substance. If you think there might be asbestos in your home, don’t try and remove it yourself. Asbestos needs to be removed very carefully, so particles aren’t released into your home for you to breath in. By law, it must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Bring in a professional who can take it out and get rid of it in a safe and legal way.