As homeowners, we all like to think that we can do it all ourselves. We have taken on this responsibility, we have taken ownership of this property, and we are more than capable of taking care of any and all problems that arise. And in a lot of cases, that is absolutely true. There are so many fixes that people will call a professional in for, when they could have just done it themselves and saved a bunch of money and time. However, the opposite is also true in some situations. There are people out there who are so unwilling to admit defeat or to spend money on someone that they will attempt to fix something themselves and put themselves and/or the property at risk.
It is very important to know when a situation calls for an experienced professional who knows what they are doing, but in times like these when we could all stand to save a bit of cash where we can, we should all be making more of an effort to make small fixes ourselves. With that in mind, we have put together a brief summary of some of the most common issues around the home that you can fix, and some of the most common issues that you should definitely find someone else to help with. Let’s get started!
Do…Clean Out Those Dirty Gutters
This is no one’s favorite household task, especially when the weather is too hot. Or too cold. Or too wet, windy, sleety…basically never. But cleaning out dirty or clogged gutters is a job that you can do yourself relatively easily. The most important thing to remember is to take care of your safety. Don’t try and do this alone, get a friend or family member to hold the ladder for you and to give you a helping hand as and when you need it. Gutters can be blocked by leaves, dirt, and other debris, and if you leave them unattended there will be a lot of pressure building up on your pipes. That can mean that water will start to find other ways to escape!
Don’t…Try To Mend The Boiler Or Water Heater Yourself
A broken boiler is a nightmare in any kind of weather, but it is always going to be an urgent fix during cold weather. Right now, with the sunshine coming in strong and the temperatures going up, you might think that there’s less urgency and that means it’s worth trying yourself. Do not do this. There are so many things that can go wrong when someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing starts fiddling around with the boiler or water heater. This can range from voiding the warranty to serious health and safety issues. It is always worth calling in a professional inspector to find out what has gone wrong.
Do… Try To Clear Clogged Drains
A clogged or blocked drain does not have quite the same urgency as a broken water heater and as such, a lot of people will tend to leave the problem until it is no longer possible to ignore it. Well, like any problem around the home, the longer you leave it, the worse it’s going to get. The good news is that a lot of drain blockages should be relatively easy to clear yourself.
Try to resist the temptation to use a strong chemical unblocker, or at least use them sparingly. If you continue to use them on a blockage that is not responding to them, you will actually be doing more damage to the pipes than whatever is causing the issue. This is especially true for older properties where the pipes have seen a fair few blockages already! Hot water is your friend here, as is a plunger, but a shower drain snake is often the best bet for bathroom blockage issues. The Shroom Company offers fixes and preventative tools for your bathroom, kitchen, and other areas.
Don’t… Try To Solve A Problem With The Electricity Or Gas
We already told you that trying to fix a problem with a water heater yourself is a bad idea. Well, we’re going to expand on that point. If there is a problem with either the electricity or the gas in your property, you need to put your family’s safety and your own first. Let’s start with gas. The problem with trying to fix it yourself is that you may not notice that you have made the situation worse until some time later. Say you’ve moved the cooker away from the wall to tighten the fitting. You may not notice that you have created a gas leak until it’s a major health concern, either from rising levels of toxicity or, heaven forbid, a spark. It is always important to call in a professional engineer who will know exactly what they are looking for and what the risks are.
The same goes for your electricity. Even if it seems like a relatively minor issue and you think that you can see what the problem is, pick up the phone and call a professional. The risk of you causing a serious injury to yourself is very high, and you could cause a major issue that could cause serious damage to your property. Electrical and gas problems are not to be taken lightly. Find someone who knows what they are doing.
Do… Try To Fix A Hole In Your Wall
Now, the big caveat here is to make sure that you are not working anywhere near an electricity or gas line or water or waste pipe (admittedly, this should not be an issue for most drywall holes that you would need to patch, but it is always better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?).
Once you have established that, then this should be a problem that you can fix yourself. All you need to do is to get some lightweight putty and fill in those holes using a spackle knife. Then, make sure that you have removed any unsightly excess and that the surface you have created is nice and smooth. Wait until the patch is dry and then paint it to match. Bigger holes may need a professional, but if you’re just fixing a dent or a nail hole, then this should definitely be fine to handle by yourself.
Don’t… Try To Fix A Problem With Your Roof
We know that we told you earlier that unclogging your drains and gutters is perfectly safe to do by yourself (as long as you have a buddy with you), but bigger issues with your roof are another matter.
You only need to look at the statistics for people injuring themselves while working on roofs to see that this is a risky business. You could replace a tile by yourself but if there is a more serious leak issue, then you should call in a professional. There could be larger structural issues and more damage than is immediately obvious, and you may end up creating more with a bad patch job. This is especially true if there is wiring or piping involved. So, think about your safety, think about doing more harm than good, and look for a roofing expert to give you a helping hand.