In the age we live in, with boundless internet articles and DIY videos why not save a bit of cash and do it yourself, right? In many cases, this is not a bad idea, but some things need to be left to professionals. So which home projects are just too dangerous to “do it yourself”?
Without the proper tools, training, and experience it can be very difficult to spot a leak on a roof. If you thought you repaired a leak, but it turns out it was only partially fixed, you risk great damage to your home that will be even more costly to fix in the long run. But more importantly, without the proper safety equipment, you are putting yourself in harm’s way. Working on roofs and using ladders causes thousands of emergency room visits every year. Just a moment of distraction or loss of balance can end in a tragedy, so please, leave this to a professional.
No surprise here, anything involving electricity opens you up to a great many dangers. Though most of us are aware of the danger electricity poses thousands of homeowners every year are electrocuted as they attempt home repairs or maintenance. Often, homeowners can’t tell which circuit goes with which outlets or wiring and so even though they think they are safe, they end up working with live wires. Another issue is that many DIY tutorials fail to address the meaning, importance, and steps of “grounding” a wire.
In addition to endangering yourself and your family, doing your own electrical work can also damage your home. Even if nothing happens right away it will likely be caught by an inspector if you try to sell your home and will have to be redone by a certified electrician anyway. Save yourself the grief and hire a pro for anything involving electricity.
HVAC work often involves electricity so everything we discussed prior applies to your HVAC system as well. And if your system is powered with natural gas, that is also something you don’t want to mess with. Another factor to consider is the warranty. Most appliances come with a manufactures warranty and this warranty will likely be voided if you alter or repair it yourself. Basic maintenance is one thing, but it is best to call an HVAC expert for bigger repairs.
Getting into the habit of thinking of any possible outcome before starting every project can help you to decide if it is wise to do it yourself or if it is time to call in a professional.
By Strouse Home Inspections 5-18-2021