Five Fixes Homeowners Should Not Attempt To Do Themselves And Why

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It’s great to save money by doing work on the house yourself, but there are some repairs you should definitely leave to the professionals. Some require special safety equipment, others require special skills to avoid creating a fire or other hazards. While DIY projects are excellent and can be a source of accomplishment, here are five fixes that you should avoid doing yourself.

Asbestosis Removal

It takes very little to disrupt asbestos fibers and send them drifting through the air. Once inhaled into the body, the fibers adhere to the lining of the lungs and can lead to mesothelioma. Asbestos can be found in loose insulation, exterior siding, interior floor tiles and your roof. Rather than taking chances with your own health and the health of your family, it’s better to let the professionals handle removing contaminated materials.

Emergency Roof Repairs during Bad Weather

When you notice a leak after a rainstorm, your first inclination is to grab a ladder and go on the roof. However, this is very risky. The shingles will be slick, and can easily knock you off the roof, leading to injuries. The professionals have the proper equipment, safety tethers and training to safely navigate your roof and get the leak under control.

Garage Door Springs

If you notice that one spring is broken in half after trying to open your garage door, you may be tempted to fix it right away. This is definitely a job for the professionals, however. Both springs should be replaced to maintain consistent torque levels, and the new springs are under an incredible amount of pressure. The professionals have special equipment to make this dangerous job fast and simple. Without the proper equipment, the risk of injury is simply too high.

Working on the Air Conditioner

Professionals spend many years learning how to work on HVAC systems. The information readily available online or in self-help books is very limited, and one of the concerns is that you could inadvertently damage your own air-conditioner. It will often take you far longer than it takes the professionals because you don’t have the specialized tools. Finally, working on your own air-conditioner can destroy the warranty and leave you without any coverage.

Repairing or Upgrading Electrical Service

Replacing a damaged outlet or installing a new ceiling fixture is one thing, but upgrading or repairing electrical service to your home requires special skills and safety measures. In addition to the risk of electrocution, you can also create fire hazards in the home by overloading circuits.

Protect your health and your home by knowing when to call make the call and invest in professional services. There are countless ways to save money by doing work yourself, but these are all household fixes that really call for specialized services and professional assistance.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family, auto and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to Cydcom Services Ltd.

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