Maintenance and repairs are part of owning a home. While it’s possible to do some of the chores and undertake home improvement projects yourself, sometimes it makes sense to hire a professional. Some systems in your home, like its heating and cooling equipment, the wiring and the plumbing, require a good deal of education and training to learn. Others ask for a lot of strength and skill to master.
Beyond changing the air filter and keeping the outdoor condenser clean, there’s not much the ordinary homeowner can do to maintain or repair a heating or cooling system. They’re the most complicated appliance in most homes and unless you’re experienced and have the tools, most repairs require a licensed HVAC technician. Letting an unlicensed person work on your HVAC system could invalidate the warranty.
Chimney cleaning is another project to leave to an expert. If you clean your own, you may miss the signs of a cracked chimney that could start a fire in the attic or spew carbon monoxide into your home.
It’s one thing to make a quick drywall repair using small blocks of drywall and canned texture sold at home improvement centers, but it’s another to cover an entire wall. Even if you can carry drywall sheets home in your vehicle, they weigh 50 pounds apiece. Bringing them indoors and hanging them takes a lot of strength. Taping and texturing require more skill than muscle. Rather than risk the strain of handling drywall and botching the taping and texturing, hiring it done will give you the results you want in a fraction of the time.
Unless it’s a simple sink clog, it’s often best to leave plumbing jobs to the pros such as Ez Flow Plumbing. Whether you’re adding faucets or need to clear a drain, a licensed plumber has the knowledge and experience to get the job done quickly. Seriously clogged pipes can create a health hazard in your home and some need specialized equipment to clear. Serious blockages won’t be cleared by drain cleaners or enzymes and your home may not be habitable until the pipes run freely.
The last home repair or improvement project you want to tackle on your own without any experience is its electrical system. Doing so could put you at risk of a home fire or an electrical shock. Both are life-threatening and it’s not worth the risk. When hiring an electrician, look for a licensed contractor or journeyman who has insurance and bonding. You can check a contractor’s license in Alabama by going online and inputting the name.
As a general rule, if it looks complicated or requires special tools, it’s probably best to leave the job to a professional, especially when health and safety are involved. It’s better to wait for a pro than it is to learn while you go on a repair or a home improvement project.