When it comes to improving or fixing your home, there’s nothing like a little DIY to get the job done. DIY is an incredibly popular pursuit and is something in which many homeowners take a genuine delight, relying on their own skills to add value to their home and fix any small issues.
However, despite its popularity, DIY is grossly misunderstood. Most of us are so familiar with DIY, we forget the potential side effects it can cause, both for us and for our homes. Before you next embark on a project, it’s worth remembering that DIY can cause a number of unpleasant issues, including…
None of us think that DIY has the potential to harm us. We all like to think that we’re a smart DIYer, so we’ll always stop short of doing anything dangerous.
The only problem is… everyone thinks that. It’s a universal thought; a confidence that we all feel. After all, why would we even attempt DIY if we felt there was a chance that something might go wrong?
Yet somehow, DIY accidents — some of them fatal — can and do happen, year after year. It’s vital to remember that any DIY, even the most simple of tasks, has the potential for calamity, and you have to be willing to take the steps needed to help protect against this.
As a general rule, any task that involves the movement of a pipe (including when drilling into one) is a job that is for professional plumbing services rather than plucky DIY enthusiasts. It is incredibly easy to flood your own home due to a DIY mishap, so it is advisable to stay away from this kind of task at all.
If you insist on trying your hand with plumbing-related DIY, then do try and ensure you turn the water supply off first. However, even if you do take this step, you may find yourself in a situation where you only discover there’s been a mistake when you turn the water back on, and your newly-installed sink is now doing a good impersonation of Old Faithful. Unless you want to have to swim to your kitchen, you really are best off leaving any kind of plumbing work to the professionals.
The structure of your home is another area of home maintenance and repair that just shouldn’t be attempted by an amateur. No matter how nice your home is, impairing the structural integrity has the potential to be absolutely catastrophic.
Tackling issues such as damp can involve alterations to the structure of your home, some of which may sound deceptively easy. You could also encounter a structural side effect if you decide to knock down a wall; even non-load bearing walls being removed incorrectly can lead to long-term structural issues that will cost a small fortune to fix.
DIY is a great way of improving your home on a budget, but even the smallest of tasks has the propensity to escalate into a big problem. Always take the relevant safety precautions for any task you undertake, and leave anything beyond “basic” level to the professionals.