If you are a homeowner, there has undoubtedly been a time when you’ve needed an extra hand or two to take care of some repairs. As professional as some of your maintenance workers may be, they can also cost you an arm and a leg. But, there are actually many repairs that you can manage on your own, without the help of a repairperson. All it takes is a little extra knowledge and a lot of extra effort.
What Qualifies the Pros
Professional maintenance workers often have some form of post-secondary education. If they do not have this, they at least have experience in their field. Most fields prefer some apprentice work or training before you can become certified as a professional.
What Qualifies You
So you don’t have the education or the training to be considered a professional. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do the work yourself. But before you begin, take time to educate yourself on the subject. Watch TV shows about repairs, check out books from the library, and scour the internet for information. You don’t want to blindly walk into a situation. Not only will this decrease your likelihood of success, it could also put you in harm’s way. Always take the proper safety precautions when you are doing your own home maintenance or repairs.
Plumbers are probably the number one most-requested repair-persons in America. Often this is because people either don’t know what they are doing when they do their own repairs, or they wait too long to actually ask for help. If you do the research and take the right precautions though, there are several home plumbing repairs that you can do yourself.
Heavy clogs, replacing pipes, replacing toilets, and toilet leaks are all doable repairs for most homeowners. The number one step you’ll want to take is making sure that you know where your shut off valves are located and knowing how to get to them as quickly as possible. You don’t want your repair work to turn into a disaster of its own.
Electricians are important to hire for major work in your home. Wiring can be complex and dangerous and isn’t something that you should take lightly. However, feel free to make certain home adjustments or repairs on your own.
Installing light fixtures and replacing light switches are definitely tasks that you can handle doing yourself. As with plumbing, you will need to be aware of your safety precautions before anything else. Obviously, you should have the electricity to that room turned off when you are working with the wiring.
HVAC has to do solely with the airflow through your house. This means that when you are doing HVAC maintenance or repairs you are working with your heating and cooling systems. These can be especially frightening for people to work with because we typically don’t understand them very well. They are bigger systems with a lot of components. Still, working on your furnace or A/C isn’t as scary as you might think.
General care, pipe upkeep, and motor maintenance are all repairs that you can do without calling in a professional. Make sure the power on the unit is off before you begin working on it to ensure that you won’t damage your system or injure yourself. These can be complex or confusing so make sure that you are informed about the way your particular model works before you get too heavily involved.
Home repairs don’t have to scare you into calling for help. There are a few major repairs that you will need to hire someone to do for you (flooding, sparking wires, and gas smells are just a few). For these you will want to call a trusted professional, like this Calgary plumber. But there are simple ones that you can do too. If you have done enough research to guide you through, you can save yourself money and gain some new skills along the way.
Melanie Hargrave is a wife and homemaker whose pride and joy is her family. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughters, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, and sharing her experiences with others.