Self-sufficiency is a wonderful feeling. When you’re able to grow your own veggies, fruits, and herbs in the back garden. When you’re able to rear hens so you’re never short of eggs. When we’re able to change our own tires, oil, and filters on the car. When you’re able to pick up your tools and attend to little breaks and mishaps around the home, it can give us a real sense of accomplishment and assurance. We feel that we’re capable and prepared for whatever the future might throw at us.
Still, as confident and capable as they may be, let’s not forget that there’s no shame in asking for a helping hand when you need it. Confidence is one thing, but there’s a fine line between confidence and pride. And pride can be followed by a fall if it causes you to throw yourself into a project without due care and consideration. With that in mind, here are 4 household repairs that you might feel able to do yourself but which are best left to the pros…
Plumbing jobs range from the pretty simple (like clearing a clogged U bend) to the unbelievably complicated (like replacing an old pipe network). Even confident DIYers, however, should really think twice before tackling plumbing work. Your efforts could lead to a loss of water pressure at best or a leak at worst. And that leak could go unnoticed for days if not in plain sight, resulting in potentially serious structural damage to your home.
Even if you have a decent head for heights, roofing repairs are a job that’s definitely best left to a professional like Dynasty Building Solutions Roofing. Unless you know exactly what to look for you could find yourself slipping from or even falling through your roof. And that could be potentially fatal. Even if you miraculously emerge unscathed, you’re going to have an even bigger repair to pay for.
Again, some simple electrical repairs can be done by a gifted amateur. But we’ve become so accustomed to and dependent upon electricity that we can forget just how deadly it is. Even if you’ve switched off your electricity at the junction box, electrical repairs can still be dangerous, especially if you’re carrying out work on or near the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker panel should never, ever be touched by anyone but a professional. It distributes an enormous amount of electricity from outside around the home. And because there’s no way for you to turn it off, tampering with the box could be lethal.
Anything to do with gas
Finally, for all the same reasons why you should never meddle with plumbing on your own, you should avoid tampering with your home’s gas structure. A gas leak can be even harder to perceive than a water leak. And as natural gas builds up around your home, even a light switch turned on or off can be enough to ignite it. Why take the risk? Call in a qualified gas fitter.