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  • Writer's pictureJenny

Home Tasks You Really Can't Do Yourself

Our parents brought us up in a culture that we must do chores in order to be successful, functional homeowners. But sometimes, there are chores on the list that you really shouldn’t be doing. They’re best left to professionals.

When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. You wouldn’t attempt to replace your car’s gearbox in your home garage because you don’t have the skills or safety equipment to do it properly. The same goes for your home.

Fixing The Furnace

If you try to take your furnace apart yourself, you’re putting yourself at risk of both gas poisoning and explosion. Furnaces generally operate under high pressure which can suddenly release, injuring anyone nearby. They also emit carbon monoxide, an extremely dangerous chemical that can lead to suffocation and asphyxiation.

Instead of trying to fix it yourself, ask a professional to come and do it for you. They can operate safely, avoiding any risks.

Replacing Roof Tiles

On the face of it, replacing roof tiles seems simple. All you need is a ladder and your bare hands. However, as you might guess, it’s a dangerous activity, which is why the vast majority of people go to professional roofing companies, according to

Clearing Out Your Gutters

Over time, debris gets into gutters and clogs them up, particularly in the fall. Leaves and twigs from nearby trees blow over, preventing water from channeling down into the storm drains around your home.

In the short-term, this won’t do much damage. However, if damp penetrates your masonry or brickwork, it can lead to all sorts of issues over the long-run.

Again, clearing out your gutters is something that you may be tempted to try to do yourself. However, just like replacing roof tiles, there is a severe risk of falling.

Fortunately, there are usually dozens of handyman services in the local area prepared to do the job for you. And their rates are often low.

Plumbing Your Shower Unit

If you’ve just had a new bathroom fixed, it might be tempting to plumb a new shower yourself. However, that’s not always a good idea. Most people get it wrong and wind up with units that don’t work.

Sites like highlight the importance of going to the right professionals. If you have people with plumbing experience on your site, you’re much more likely to get a shower that actually works.

Fitting Decking

There are some sites on the internet declaring that decking is a DIY job, but that’s a long way from the truth. Decking is actually more complicated to fit than many people realize, which is one of the reasons so many companies specialize in it.

The first problem is making sure the decking is level. Usually that means constructing some sort of elevated structure beneath it or laying concrete. The second is ensuring that it properly lines up with the home. DIY projects sometimes end in disaster because there is a large gap between the decking and the rest of the property.


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