Do-It-Yourself is more popular than ever.  The idea of money saved on labor costs is appealing, but in reality, there are some projects where a professional is best.  Today we are discussing three projects that if done incorrectly can cause some major water damage.

Roof

  • Your roof should be checked regularly for signs of wear and tear. Cracked, buckled, or missing shingles will need to be properly replaced to avoid potential water damage.  Also, safety is an absolute must when it comes to roof maintenance and repairs.  Roofs are steep and sometimes multistory which means caution must be taken.  With all this is mind, hiring a professional may be your best bet to avoid mistakes and to keep you safe.

Plumbing

  • It’s important to remember that plumbing systems are made up of a particular network of pipes that are installed in a specific way for proper and efficient use. Not having proper experience working with these systems may leave you in a bad spot if you are trying to repair or dismantle pieces when you encounter plumbing
  • Clogged toilets or sinks are typically easy to take care of, but most other types of plumbing scenarios are best left to plumbers.
  • Remember, most reported water damage is due to a pipe burst or a plumbing or appliance issue.Avoid the possibility of leaks, mold, or other types of structural damage that can come from DIY gone wrong.  Call the professionals right away and avoid potential water damage.

Water heater

  • Water heaters should be checked annually and have maintenance done every three years by a professional. Always be on the lookout for any signs of corrosion, leaks, or a tank that bulges.
  • When water heaters do need to be replaced, a professional should always be called. Tanks are heavy, need to be installed level, and require proper ventilation to avoid leaks.  Fittings and connections need to be installed precisely and securely to avoid potential risks associated with gas leaks.

As tempting as it is, there are just some things better left to the professionals.  Professionals will know the best way to safely and properly handle these projects.  Make the right call today and remember that there is also a lot you can do to prevent possible damages through observation and regular maintenance in and around your home.

 

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Additional References & Resources:

https://www.homes.com/blog/2016/05/dont-10-diy-home-projects-better-left-pros/

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/home-improvement-diy-or-hire-a-pro/

Additional References & Resources:

https://www.homes.com/blog/2016/05/dont-10-diy-home-projects-better-left-pros/

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/home-improvement-diy-or-hire-a-pro/

 

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