Should I Call a Professional?

28.10.19

In many ways your home is your blank canvas, so when you are trying to personalise it to suit your tastes, it can feel like there's a lot of things that you need to learn. This is especially true in terms of the DIY fixes and little aspects of a renovation. It's always handy to have these things in your back pocket, but it's also important to know when you shouldn't try to fix things yourself. While you might think that you will save some money in the short term, you may actually end up paying a lot more for it in the end. With this in mind, in this post I'm going to be sharing 4 specific household problems that you should never try to do by yourself!


Plumbing Issues
Even the smallest leak can result in an excessive amount of damage, so it's always best to contact a domestic plumber when it comes to any plumbing issues. The big problem that we can make when we assess a small leak, is thinking that it's insignificant because it is only small. However when it comes to plumbing issues, there's actually a lot going on beneath those walls that you don't know about. So by trying to fix one little area, by breaking through the plasterboard, it could actually cause additional issues that will also need fixing.

Asbestos
If you live in an old home it's likely that there is asbestos laying dormant - especially somewhere like the loft. It was used for years because of its ability to insulate, however it was eventually found to be toxic and definitely needs removing. Stay clear of doing this yourself though, as it can be extremely dangerous to touch and breathe in. Instead call in the professionals who can clear it away safely.

Electrical Issues
There are small electrical problems that we could all probably try and fix ourselves, but if you don't feel confident then calling a professional would probably be a safer option. While we may have all learnt a little bit about circuits in school, it's probably not enough to change a light switch yourself. Especially as when it comes to extending circuits or replacing them, one misstep could cause fatal damage, or injury to yourself or others.

Gas Repairs
Gas is an incredibly dangerous component and one you should definitely avoid tampering with. It might be easy to dismiss, especially if you need to move the oven, or complete a little project that may only take a few minutes to do. But a gas leak is far more dangerous than a water leak. And if you try to make a simple fix like this, you never know the consequences. Carbon monoxide poising being just one tragic outcome.

It's so easy to think that we can fix the vast majority of problems in our house, but we have to know when it's beyond our capabilities. Professionals are there for a reason; don't be afraid to use them!

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