Sometimes It’s Better To Let a Pro Do The Work.
One of the joys of being a homeowner is caring for that home, doing home repairs yourself when the need arises. Just as you tend to your children when they are sick, there’s a certain satisfaction to fixing things that go awry or need improvement in the building you have chosen as your permanent shelter.
Need advice on home repairs? Call Pine Springs Homesteads at (817) 374-3478 for a consultation. We serve Rusk, Gregg, Smith and Panola counties in East Texas. Call us for your home repairs within 30 miles of Henderson, Texas.
Big or small, some home repairs and improvements just feel better when you do them yourself: power-washing exteriors, tile grouting and caulking, replacing toilet components, interior painting, and updating light fixtures and window treatments, for example. So many improvements are straightforward easy to learn, for one who is motivated (especially now that we can learn how to DIY virtually anything on YouTube). Not to mention how gratifying it can be to save money by completing a repair with your own two hands.
Despite the many home repairs any handy and intelligent homeowner can unravel independently, there are some jobs we recommend you leave in the hands of trained professionals. Here are five repairs we advise you do not DIY:
Anything on the Roof – Why? Because your roof is too important to the overall health of your home to second guess, as is your own safety. According to a 2013 study by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) Data Center, falls from roofs accounted for over one third of all construction fall-related fatalities between 1992 and 2009. The study tallied deaths of both DIY-ers and professional roofers. In addition to that scary statistic, your roof is a crucial element of the security of your home. It prevents water and animals from getting in, and repairs to roof tiles often seem easier than they actually are. Unless you have roof-repair experience, you may find yourself spending a lot more time up there than you planned for—and the more time you spend on the roof, the greater your chances of taking a fall.
Things That Zap and Go Boom – Anything involving electricity or gas lines should always be left in the hands of professionals. Period. Unless you have experience doing the exact type of repairs, under the supervision of a professional, please don’t even consider tampering with electrical wiring or gas lines on your own.
Water Damage from Flooding – Minor damage from leaking pipes or a flooded air conditioner can often be repaired as a DIY project, after the source of the leak has been corrected. But wide-spread water exposure from a burst pipe or natural flooding should be attempted only by contractors skilled in containing the spread of mold. Mold spores, especially black mold, are simply too dangerous to mess around with. If mold is not prevented from forming or removed adequately, it can lead to serious respiratory illnesses for your family and pets.
Too Much Room For Error
Window Casing Replacement – You might think you know how to measure, until you’ve tried to measure a window casing, accounting for trim, pulleys and stop strips. If any of these measurements are even a hair off, you will find yourself worse off than you started. Additionally, without the specific knowledge of the weight-bearing properties of each wall and window of your home, it’s safer to only remove window frames under the advice of a window professional.
Unseen Plumbing – A good rule of thumb for plumbing repairs is this: if you can see it, you can do it yourself. Slow drains, leaky faucets, and new shower heads are practical DIY projects. Even toilet replacement is possible for a devoted homeowner. But anything involving the pipes behind the walls should be left in the hands of those who lay pipe for a living. Professional plumbers are also familiar with building codes and the common mistakes that lead to major disasters.
Need advice on home repairs? Call Pine Springs Homesteads at (817) 374-3478 for a consultation. We serve Rusk, Gregg, Smith and Panola counties in East Texas. Call us for your home repairs within 30 miles of Tyler, Texas.