That is the question we all want to know. Well, we all like to think we know until we fix something we shouldn’t do and just make the problem worse. Knowing when is a good time to fix something, and when is a good time to leave it down to the professionals is an important bit of knowledge to have. If you attempt to fix something that really shouldn’t be fixed by you you’re only going to make the problem worse, and probably more expensive. But sometimes it is good to cut corners a little to try and save money. So we’re here to advise you on what homestead repairs you should try yourself, and what is definitely best left to the professionals. Read on to find out more.
What Not To Fix
We might as well stop you from spending a fortune whilst we still can. There are some things that you shouldn’t even think about attempting unless you are qualified in the following areas.
Anything plumbing related is definitely one of them. Unblocking a toilet or a sink is fine, but if you have real issues going on like a leak, and you’ve never dealt with something like this before, then you should definitely get a professional in. Have a look at this website for information about what issues you might need fixing by a trained plumber, http://www.davisplumbingservice.com/service-areas/mesa/.
Another thing you shouldn’t really try and fix is anything to do with rewiring or electricals. If you’re doing something like changing a lightbulb, then that’s fine. But if you’ve got a fuse that is broken or something similar, you’re best off hiring someone or even asking someone who has a bit of knowledge in the area. The potential to harm yourself through an electric shock is so high. Don’t risk it!
A third area is with your roof. Replacing a few shingles is fine but you don’t want to replace the whole roof if you are not experienced. This is one of those homestead repairs that are left to the professional to fix, not the average homeowner.
What To Fix
Luckily for you, there are many things in the home that you can fix to make it brand new again. Simple things like a broken door handle are easily fixed. All you need to do is head down to your local DIY store and get a new handle. Remove the old one with a screwdriver, get some new screws that will fit the hole, and secure it back into place. When a door handle is broke it often just needs replacing rather than fixing. They really aren’t expensive anyway!
Although it might not be fixing as such, chipped paint and wallpaper can often become unsightly. Once it chips in one place the whole area seems to come apart. Simple DIY tasks like this are a task for you. Don’t waste your money trying to get a professional to do it.
One final task that we’ll touch on briefly is blocked drains. The most likely reason a drain becomes blocked up is due to a build-up of limescale, hair or other debris that has entered through the sink. If simply bleaching it doesn’t help, use a vinegar and baking soda solution to break down the blockage. Before you know it your water will be draining freely.
So there you go, homestead repairs you know you shouldn’t fix, and ones you know you should attempt without the help of a professional. Please leave your comments in the box below.