When faced with a house problem, your average DIY enthusiast will be inclined to fix it themselves. Why spend money on home and appliance repairs when you can do the job yourself?
But regardless of how motivated you are, there are plenty of home repairs you should leave to the professionals. If you’re not careful, improper DIY repairs can result in injury, damage to property or legal or financial liability. In some cases, bad repair jobs can also affect the aesthetic appeal and the desirability of your home.
So, in this blog, we’re going to list four home repairs that you should leave to the professionals. If you run into any of these problems, it’s best to take your DIY cap off and phone a specialist to help you out.
- Anything that involves electricity
According to Fire and Rescue NSW, faulty electrical appliances cause 40% of home fires. In addition, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare states that 1,056 people sustained electrical injuries between the years of 2014 and 2016. Because of the clear danger that electricity poses, you need to take extra care when dealing with anything that involves electrical components.
If you have a problem with your electrical stove, A/C unit or ceiling fan, you’ll need the help of a qualified electrician. A professional electrician will understand the hazards involved in the repair job and will make sure to follow all safety protocols.
You should also get an electrician to help you if you suspect that your electrical systems have been damaged after a storm. Licensed electrical inspectors will assess the damage and advise you of the best course of action. They will make sure that all electrical connections are safe and check if the switches and power outlets are in working order. Before the inspector gets to your home, you need to make sure that the power is turned off and that no one touches the affected appliances.
All of these precautions will ensure that no one gets injured and that your home doesn’t suffer from more electrical issues in the future.
- Asbestos removal
In the decades between the 1940s and the 1980s, asbestos was widely used as a building material due to its insulating properties and affordability. As a result of this, you’ll find that plenty of old Australian homes contain a concerning amount of asbestos. Unfortunately, in the late 1980s, it was found that asbestos can cause a variety of serious diseases such asbestosis and mesothelioma.
So, if you want to renovate or upgrade an old property, it’s important that you hire professionals to check if your home contains asbestos. In the ACT, it is illegal for unlicensed individuals to handle and dispose of asbestos products. In other Australian states and territories, unlicensed individuals are allowed to handle asbestos as long as it is non-friable and is in a working area that’s less than 10 square meters. Despite this, it is still recommended that you hire the services of an asbestos removal specialist for the sake of your own safety.
- Wall-to-wall flooring
There’s more to flooring than just laying down planks and calling it a day. Firstly, the subflooring needs to be in good condition before you place any type of material on top of it. You need to check the subflooring for warping, unevenness, cracks and other blemishes. If you don’t address these problems, the damage will eventually show through the surface of your flooring.
After the flooring material has been installed you also need to make sure that everything is even and that there are no major gaps. Gaps in the surface will allow water to reach your subflooring, which in turn might cause significant moisture damage. If you have natural stone flooring, you also need to seal the surface to protect it from moisture and staining. Tile flooring, meanwhile, will need to be grouted properly.
Since there’s so much to keep track of during flooring installation, a lot can go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re thinking about giving your floor a makeover, save yourself some trouble and hire professionals from the get go. Yes, it’s going to cost you a little more, but it will help you avoid unnecessary stress and future flooring problems.
- Plumbing issues
Without proper plumbing systems, deadly diseases can easily spread throughout a community via unsanitary water. Indeed, your toilets, drain pipes and faucets do more for your health and safety than you probably realise.
Because they’re so important, it’s essential that you maintain your plumbing system properly. If you live in a developed area, chances are, minor plumbing issues will not cause you to catch a deadly disease. However, if you’re not careful, leaks and clogged pipes can cause moisture damage, flooding and moulding around your property.
To ensure that your plumbing system is in good working condition, you need to hire the services of a professional plumber. Plumbers have the technical expertise to fix practically any issues that you might have. Additionally, they have a deep understanding of residential and commercial plumbing regulations. With the help of a professional, you can be assured that your home’s plumbing system is safe and adheres to the relevant laws in your state.
When it comes to home repairs, it’s important not to let short-term losses dictate your decisions. Yes, you’re paying more for professional services, but you’re also ensuring that you home won’t have any major problems in the future. In the long run, hiring a specialist to fix your A/C unit or your stove might actually end up being cheaper than if you were to do a botched DIY job. So, if your home is suffering from any of the problems above, call the pros as soon as you can.