Are you wondering whether you can fix problems with your property? Here are a couple of home repairs that you can take care of yourself and two that you will need expert support for.
Home Repairs — Safe for DIY
1 – Clogged Toilet
One of the easiest issues to fix in your home is a clogged toilet. However, it’s also the problem that most people want to avoid. All you need to do is fill up the basin with water, then use a plunger to make a full seal. Once you have done this, you can then push the plunger twice. This will ensure that you can dislodge most blockages.
2 – Broken Pipe
Here’s another home repair that’s okay for a DIY–sort of. In other words, you can stop the immediate threat. However, you’ll later need to call in a pro.
You might find that there is a broken pipe in your property. One of the most common causes of an issue here is going to be a pipe freezing. It’s worth noting that if the pipe does freeze, then it could rupture. Water will then immediately start to leak out and potentially cause damage to an area of your home.
A lot of people think they can handle this by simply turning off the water. It’s important to note that this is not going to solve the issue. The water will continue to flow. That’s why it’s worth knowing who your local plumbers are so that you can get them to assist you here.
3 – Leaking Faucet
A leaking faucet is another simple fix and completely different from a leaking pipe. Usually, if your faucet is leaking, it will be an issue with a washer in your pipe. You just need to make sure that you replace the washer. To do this, you will need to unscrew the U-pipe found underneath the sink. Make sure that you do have a bucket ready as there will often be quite a lot of water built up in this part of the pipe.
Once you have done this, you can take out the old washer which will probably look worse for wear and replace it with another.
Don’t Try These Home Repairs (leave it to the pros)
1 – Wiring Trouble
Wiring is always going to be an issue that you should contact an expert electrician about. The problem with wiring is that it can lead to serious issues and if approached incorrectly, it could even lead to a fire hazard. Usually, if there is an issue with the wiring on your property, it will have existed before you moved in.
Due to the danger here, it’s important that you get this problem sorted out as quickly as possible.
If you are struggling with wiring, then you need to make sure that you do hire a professional to complete the work for you. This will provide you with the peace of mind that you require.
2 – Boiler Pressure
You might find that there is an issue with the pressure in the boiler of your home. When this happens, it’s possible for the boiler to stop working completely. You’ll discover the first sign of this is that you can no longer access hot water. No one wants to live without hot water, even for a couple days and if that happens it will usually be a problem with the pressure.
You can fix this by relieving the level. The easiest way to do this is by bleeding the radiator. You won’t need a plumber for this, just a radiator bleeding key.
The Bottom Line: Safety First When Doing Home Repairs
When it comes to deciding if you should do home repairs yourself or hire an expert, consider your skillset and safety. If you feel any doubt, leave the job to the pro. However, if you have a mechanical aptitude and the skills needed, take on the safe DIY projects yourself.
Have a happy DIY day!