Doing home improvement projects yourself is a good way to save money, but only sometimes. Often well-meaning homeowners will cause more harm than good by tackling projects that are best left to the professionals. Here are some common home improvement issues that you should really leave to the pros.
- Plumbing Problems
Whether it’s a clogged drain or a burst pipe, you need to call a plumber to tackle your plumbing problems. Unfortunately, one wrong move with your plumbing can lead to costly problems and potential water damage. Water damage can lead to mold and even structural damage, so you need to get the pros on the job for plumbing issues.
- Electrical Repairs
When you make a mistake running electrical wiring, your home is at risk for a fire. Also, if you start working on electrical systems without the right tools, you are at risk for electrocution. These are both serious risks that can be easily avoided with a call to your local electrician.
- Home Structure Changes
Thinking of adding on a four-seasons room, extra bedroom or basement bathroom? Make sure you get help. From electrical to plumbing to the structure of your home, there are several risks you take on when you tackle a home addition. You may also face zoning issues to consider.
- Roofing Work
Any time you get up on your roof, you are putting your safety at risk. In addition, trying to tackle your home’s roofing issues on your own can put your home’s structure at risk if you make a mistake. Small problems on a roof can lead to big water damage when leaks go undetected. If a job requires you to climb a ladder to access the roof, you probably need to call a roofer.
- Gas Line and Gas Appliance Repair
Finally, be careful around anything that includes gas. Gas will always find a leak, and because it’s invisible, you won’t know gas is leaking into your home. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which kills around 400 people every year in the United States.
If you are facing one of these five jobs, don’t put your home and your family’s safety at risk. Call the professionals to get the job done right, and save the DIY work for jobs that are less risky.