Repairing a shake shingle roof; image courtesy Jayla Barnsen
This article was updated on 08/12/20.
Carrying out a DIY project at home from start to finish can be satisfying, but it is not the best option for certain maintenance and repair issues. Homeowners may quickly find themselves hurting their cause more than helping, and some repairs are outright dangerous.
In addition, many jobs, per building code, require building permits and licensed workers. This is why all homeowners should know when it is time to set down the toolbox and make a call to a professional. Here are some to consider.
Wiring does not necessarily mean changing out a light fixture or installing a ceiling fan, but no one that is unqualified should attempt to move or modify wires (depending on your building code).
In fact, almost all municipalities require a licensed electrician for these jobs. Even those that go out of their way to ensure that the current is not live could improperly place them, increasing the chance of a fire or short at a later date.
An electrician can quickly pull a permit and bring the wiring up to code, and minor wiring services are typically very affordable. One of the best ways to find one based on local reviews is to check out a service like Angies List, or ask your neighbors if they have had reliable work done on their homes.
Natural Gas Leaks
There are few issues with ones home that are as dangerous as a gas leak. Gas leaks can take place in any number of locations ranging from the pilot light of a water heater to a gas burning stove.
From the moment that a homeowner suspects a leak, he should locate the emergency shutoff switch and call a professional that can run a full diagnostic of the gas line.
Rerouting Plumbing Pipes
Attempting to work on incoming water pipes or outgoing sewage lines are common instances that many of those who like to carry out their own home repairs would like to tackle, but even a minor mistake can lead to expensive and ongoing issues.
A specialist from a local reputable company can take a closer look at the location of each of the pipes, use the correct materials, and properly complete all work in order to keep it up to code.
While modern laws and regulations have resulted in a decrease in asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma, the mineral is still found in countless homes and commercial buildings throughout the world.
All older homes, especially those built in the US prior to the mid-70s, should be thoroughly tested for asbestos, and no home owner should attempt to remove the material without the help of a specialist.
Asbestos was used as insulation, in popcorn ceilings, in floor tiles, and in many other building materials. Abatement is a highly regulated activity and the mineral must be double-bagged and disposed of according to law.
Replacing a single roof shingle or cleaning out a rain gutter involves ladder-climbing and can be somewhat dangerous, although a very doable DIY task.
On the other hand, most homeowners will want to turn to a professional for almost any maintenance involving a roof. For example, without experience, leaks can be very hard to find and replacing a roof usually require a building permit.
Accidents on roofs remain some of the most commonly reported incidences and they can be avoided with a quick call to a local and reputable roofing specialist. Common home problems that require the help of a professional frequently arise; such are the joys of suburbia.
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