Owning a home is the great dream of people all around the world. A place to rest, relax and rejuvenate after a long week of work. A space to raise children, to live and giggle and dream and play. Home is where the heart is, after all.
And homeownership means home upkeep. Doing it yourself, or DIY can be a way to save some money by fixing things up yourself. But there are some jobs around the home that are extremely dangerous to DIY.
In this article, we’re going to share the most common DIY dangers, and inform you when it is better to let a professional handle the task.
Electrical work should never be done DIY. Things like power socket installation require the skills and expertise of a qualified, licensed and insured electrician.
DIY electrical work can result in severe hazards, such as the risk of fire, electrocution or even fatality. This is the worst possible outcome for a DIY job, so don’t risk it yourself.
Make sure to engage a professional electrician for any wiring, circuitry and electrical work around the home.
Roof leaks are super annoying and stressful. It’s not a nice feeling knowing that your home’s roof is leaking water, resulting in damage to the ceiling and potentially the walls. Not to mention the risk of a collapsed ceiling.
Now it may be tempting to get up on the roof and patch things up yourself. But this presents a risk of serious injury if you were to fall off.
Engaging a professional roofer or roof plumber, who has the appropriate safety equipment such as hoists and harnesses, is the best course of action here.
Gas Line Repair or Gas Appliance Installation
Here’s another DIY danger – if the job has to do with gas, it’s better left to a qualified gas fitter.
Doing gas repair or gas appliance installation by yourself is a risky business. Gas leaks can be deadly, resulting in poisoning or even explosions.
So, if you need to extend a gas line, fix a leak or install a new stovetop, call in a professional who is qualified and experienced in working with gas.
Installing or Upgrading Decks, Patios and Balconies
This is another job that shouldn’t be attempted by yourself.
If you want to install a deck, or repair one, or put in a patio or even build a balcony for a second storey, call a qualified carpenter or builder.
This is especially important for balconies. If a balcony is not structurally sound, it can result in collapse, which is incredibly dangerous for anyone who happens to be on the balcony at the time.
Don’t DIY decking, patio or balcony repairs, installation or upgrades.
If you have a bathroom renovation or other wet area upgrade (think laundry or kitchen work near the sink) you want to ensure that the waterproofing is done correctly.
Water leaks, especially on multi-storey homes, can be dangerous as well as expensive.
Leave any waterproofing work to a professional.
We’ve outlined the top DIY dangers for home repairs and renovations in this article. When it comes to electrical work, roof leaks, gas line repair or gas appliance installation – always use a qualified professional. This also applies to any decking, balconies or patio work as well as waterproofing. Do not attempt a DIY job for any of these home jobs.
You might not save money, but you will ensure that all works are carried out safely and will stand the test of time.