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What Better Not to DIY In Your Home

By Guest Blogger, Patrick A.

What Better Not to DIY In Your Home

Somehow we started believing that DIY stands for Do Everything Yourself. This usually happens when the weather outside is colder and we are more focused on the interior. After all, summer is for having fun and taking a vacation from any kind of work.

But before you start DIY issues in your home, make sure you really know what you’re doing. It’s better to have bruised ego, then destroy your home or get injured, after all. However, to make it all easier for you, here is the list of things better left to the professionals.

Don’t Mess with Electricity

Electricity is no joke and it can cause serious injuries and even death if you don’t know what you are doing. Furthermore, you can endanger the lives of your loved ones and other people who are near you when you meddle with electricity. Just because you flipped a fuse switch doesn’t mean you can fix the whole electrical grid in your home. 

DIY Roof Repairs Can Cause More Damage

There are various roof problems, but most commonly you will have to deal with leaks. They are caused by broken tiles, bad insulation, rodents, and cracks, to name a few. And while some repairs may sound easy, they can be dangerous like slipping and falling off the roof.

Besides this being a risky job, you can do the repairs wrong and create more problems in the end. Cleaning gutters regularly and checking the roof for damages can prevent further damage. But waterproofing is a complex job that requires expertise and equipment, so hire professionals for that. 

Stay Away from Asbestos

Asbestos is renovation doomsday. Once it is airborne you can inhale it in your lungs and get sick from it. Professionals who deal with asbestos wear protective masks and suits and also use special measures to get rid of it.

Since this is a serious issue which can significantly impair the health of everyone in the house, you should definitely leave it to the experts. If you discover it in your home, call help immediately and leave the room.

Leave Home Appliances to Professionals

Every home appliance repair is different and there are so many things that may be wrong with a device. First of all, parts may need replacing, wiring might not be right and electronics needs assessment via special equipment. And that is not a job for someone with limited resources and knowledge.

In the end, you may cause more damage to your appliance or electrical grid during a short circuit. And in worst case scenario, you could injure yourself. So, do something fun instead and leave appliance repair to professionals.

Plumbing Is Not Fun, but Serious Business

There is not “only a small leak”, but every drop should be taken seriously immediately. While leaking faucet or shower may not be cause for immediate attention, other things are. That includes leaking pipes which if not taken care of properly can cause structural damage to the house.

If you want to try your plumbing skills, stick simple things like fixing a drain. Imagine not doing something right and overflowing a toilet or causing a flood with an unstoppable burst in a pipe. It all sounds like more work after the repair than before, so if unsure, better call a plumber to deal with the issues.


No matter how tempted you are to show off your repair skills, some things are better left to professionals. It’s hard to resist numerous video tutorials available online, but in the end, DIY is not always a great solution. After all, it’s better to pay an expert then remedy the damage created by your amateur repairs.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
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Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.


Unpleasant Yet Essential Jobs Every Homeowner Has To Do!

Unpleasant Yet Essential Jobs Every Homeowner Has To Do!

Owning a home is one of the best things you will ever do. It provides security for you and your family. It gains in value over the years and means you’re not wasting money on rent. But there are some parts about being a homeowner that aren’t all sunshine and roses. If something goes wrong, it’s up to you to sort which is a huge amount of responsibility. Therefore keeping on top of everything to avoid disaster is essential. Here are a few of the unpleasant yet essential jobs that come with the territory of owning a property.

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Clearing Guttering

Over the fall when the leaves are coming down, gutters can become blocked. Here they begin to rot and clog them up, so when it starts raining, they don’t empty properly. This can lead to water splashing or pooling, which can not only look unpleasant but cause some serious damage too. Blocked gutters can cause leaks which can the lead to black mold forming in the home. They can even cause structural damage over time which will be incredibly costly and time-consuming to put right. Once or twice a year, grab your ladders out of the shed, put on some thick gardening gloves and scrape out all of the gunk that’s accumulated. If this isn’t something you feel comfortable doing, there are lots of companies and handymen out there who will offer this service.

Maintaining Drains

Blocked drains can cause all kinds of issues in the home, and be extremely unsanitary and smelly. If you’re having drain issues, it’s your job as the homeowner to put them right as soon as possible. You could try some products at the DIY store in less severe cases which may help the issue. If not you might need full sewer line inspections done. Either way, it’s a problem you will want to tackle as soon as possible!

Dealing With Pests

The problem with having warm and cozy homes is that pests find them warm and cozy as well. This causes an issue as pests are not only a nuisance but they can also cause structural and electrical damage as well as pose a health hazard. It could be a flock of pigeons that have roosted in the eaves of your roof and are damaging the walls with their droppings. It could be a rodent that’s found its way inside and given birth to lots of baby rodents. It could be insects that have flown or marched in search of food. Keeping your home clean and tidy will help to prevent pests, and will also allow you to see the signs of them more quickly. Preventative measures such as not leaving out food and covering up pet food can also help. But sometimes they will find their way in regardless. Don’t panic, if it’s something you feel like you can deal with yourself you could set some traps. If not, call an exterminator- at least that way you know that the issue won’t get any worse and that it’s completely taken care of.

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