DIY. We all know the famous acronym, especially in the last few years as do-it-yourself projects have become prolific among millennials. Handling issues yourself can be economical, as well as confidence-boosting. When you install a ceiling fan for the first time, for example, you’ll want to point it out to each guest that enters your home as if it were a painting of that the President gave you. Well done, you! When it comes certain home repairs, you may want to call a professional to do it right, With many of the home repairs listed below, there are building codes that need to be met so that you can avoid a penalty when selling your house down the road. So read on to discover which home repairs you should let the pro’s fix. After all, you wouldn’t want the ceiling to cave in on the glorious ceiling fan of yours.
Let Professionals Handle These Home Repairs
1. Water leaks
Water leaks are tricky. Sometimes all you have to do is tighten a pipe, which certainly any homeowner is capable of, but, other times a leak is a symptom of a more serious problem. For example, a leak can indicate a cracked or broken pipe. Often these pipes are in walls or under the foundation slab of your house. If that is the case, you need a professional to correctly solder replacement pipes and seal them from corrosive materials that prevent leaks from reoccurring.
2. Peeling, bubbling or bulging drywall
Call a home repair expert immediately if you see peeling, bubbling, or bulging drywall. Chances are that you have a water leak somewhere in your house and it’s seeping into the drywall. In the time that it takes your drywall to soak through, you could have mold, mildew, damaged floorboards, and more. The sooner you call a home repairman for this, the less extravagant the damage.
3. Electrical issues
It’s shocking what some homeowners do to the electrical wiring in their homes. If you pop a fuse by running the hair dryer, the laptop, the razor, and a floor heater all at the same time in your bathroom, it’s easy to reset the breaker. However, anything more complicated than that should be looked at by a professional. We’ve seen extension cords wired into attics, outlets covered by drywall, exposed wires rubbing against wood beams, all of which can set fire to your house. We don’t mean to scare you, we just want to paint a clear picture; improper electrical systems in your house could put you and your family in serious danger.
4. Sewer smell in your house
If you smell rotten eggs and your Uncle Eddie hasn’t been over in a few, you might a serious problem. Sewer smells are an indication that the ventilation system and or sewer lines are not working appropriately. Methane and hydrogen sulfide are explosive components of sewer gas that are highly explosive so refrain from lighting matches or gas stoves. In addition, carbon monoxide, a common component of sewer gas, can poison people and in some cases lead to death.
5. Appliances stop working
This one almost fits into the two categories above. If your appliances quit on you call a home repair specialist to make sure you don’t have electrical issues with you electric appliances or a gas ventilation issue for those powered by gas.
6. Roof leak
Is it raining in your house? Call a home repairman! You could have a roof leak. Roof leaks don’t have to be serious, you may simply need to adjust a ventilation system, reseal around an AC unit, or repair holes from pesky critters like woodpeckers, for example. At the same time, you want a professional to make sure that what you think is a minor issue actually is a minor issue. You don’t want to caulk around your AC only to see more rain spill into your house during the next storm. Have a professional do a quick look over to make sure you’re protected against the elements.
7. Toilet backing up
The ol’ plunger isn’t plunging, eh? Could be a blockage in the sewer pipe that runs from your house to the street. For those with septic systems, a blockage could mean you need to have your septic tank serviced. Either way, call a professional before you don’t have to deal with a stinky problem that’s hard to clean up.
Professionals You Can Trust
You can solve a lot of home issues yourself, especially when the web is chalked full of resources that teach you how to mount a flat screen TV to your wall, or build your own backyard micro farm. For big issues, though, call in a professional. Most of the time you can get a free quote to determine if you really need their expertise. Either way, calling a professional like the experts at Fix My House will save you time, money, and headaches in the end.