Not As Seen on TV: The Real Dangers of Home Repairs

Posted on Jul 21 2017 - 2:44pm by Admin

Man trying to repair his ovenThere is something to be said about knowing how to fix things. Do-it-Yourself (DIY) repairs have become more popular around the world, thanks to the ready information anyone can find online.

But some repairs, installations and replacement jobs are best handled by someone who’s received training and certification. Here is a list of three of these jobs and why you should think twice about doing them yourself.

Almost anything that involves electricity

Anyone can change a busted light or put covers on sockets for the safety of the kids. But anything beyond that may expose you to the risk of electrocution. You might argue that you can always pull the lever on the breaker or the main fuse panel, but if you make a mistake in changing something out, one spark may start a fire when you turn the power back on.

Call a pro like Adam Tulloch for electrical testing in Wellington and for just about anything else involving electricity. Rewiring, repairing, changing out a fuse, etc. – what’s a bit of money in exchange for your safety?

Moving or tearing down a wall

On TV, the host of a home makeover show may do their signature move: tearing down a wall with a sledgehammer. How hard can that be, right? They don’t show professionals inspecting the home’s structure first, making sure the wall is safe to tear down or move. There may be wiring or plumbing in that wall, or it may be a load-bearing wall. In a worst-case scenario, you might send your whole house crumbling down – on you. A professional contractor will not allow that to happen.

Fixing a roof

You may learn how to replace a shingle on YouTube, but if you mess up and cause a leak, you are in for a bigger problem. Many contractors complain that they are called on to fix a roof only after the owner has tried and failed.

But the real danger of roof work is heights. Roofing contractors belong to a high-risk profession simply because they may fall off a roof they’re working on. And those are professionals. Even if heights don’t bother you, one slip is all it takes to put your life in danger.

The similarities among these three repair jobs do not end with the risk of botching the project and spending more to have it redone by a professional. They can all put your life at risk. Call a professional instead.