DIY Disaster: Knowing When to Call in the Professionals

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At some point, there are bound to be problems in even the most organized and efficiently run homes. There are plenty of minor issues that you can address yourself: changing light bulbs, replacing a fuse that has blown, swapping a light fitting over. But there are also certain jobs that should be left to the professionals. Bodge jobs just won’t fare well with certain household issues and could end up making the original problem much worse. So, when is it time to call in the professionals?

Plumbing Problems

Over time, you will experience all sorts of plumbing problems in your home. Leaky taps, blocked toilets, flooded kitchen appliances. When it comes to anything plumbing based, it’s best to seek professional help. Why? Firstly, it is essential that the water in your home is clean (you drink it, clean with it and bathe in it after all) and that dirty water stays out of contact with you, your family members and pets. If a toilet overflows, sewage cleanup is essential. A simple wipe over with a mop and some disinfectant won’t get the job done properly. Secondly, plumbing issues won’t just disappear if you turn a blind eye to them. They will only get worse. As they say, prevention is better than cure. So if you spot a small problem developing, stop it in its tracks and allow a qualified plumber to put a stop to the problem early on.

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Electrical Issues

Leave playing with wires to the qualified specialists. Needless to say, direct contact with sources of electricity can cause serious injury or even fatalities. So don’t take any risks fiddling with exposed wires. Whether the issue stems from a wall socket or a switch, stay well away and call a renowned electrician with good feedback from previous clients. If a household product is faulty, refrain from attempting to fix any problems yourself. Electrical faults can cause fires which would spread rapidly throughout your home. Reduce the risk of this kind of incident occurring: return faulty or damaged products to the manufacturer and request an exchange,

Gas Issues

If you smell gas in your home, immediately vacate the building and call for assistance. Don’t light matches or smoke in the area, as the smallest spark could trigger an explosion. Stand away in a well-ventilated area as breathing the gas in could result in consciousness or fatal incidents. Regardless of how much you may have researched, never attempt to fix a gas leak on your own.

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Structural Issues

You might be considering undertaking a large scale DIY projects in your home. There are certain aspects that you will be able to take on yourself: painting, putting shelves up and so on. But when it comes to altering the structure of your house, put your mallet down and call in a professional. Numerous people in the past have attempted to remove a wall to create an open living space, or attempted to remove beams from ceilings, only to realize that they are essential to the structure of their home.

 

 

Becky

Wife, mother, grandma, blogger, all wrapped into one person, although it does not define her these are roles that are important to her. Entering into their 'empty nest' stage in life, Becky, and her husband Roger are learning to live with their youngest away at school more than not. Becky enjoys way too many TV programs but her favorites are normally criminal based or something to make her laugh. Keep an eye out because 2017 is going to be her year!

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Veronica Lee
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Very good advice. We’ve had several DIY disasters!

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