3 Top Home Repair Projects Requiring Professional Help

Nowadays, the Internet has published so many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) guides to fixing pretty much any home repair that you could think of – and they make them sound so easy. Unfortunately, not all of us are so technically inclined and the last thing you want to happen is find yourself in the middle of a project only to find yourself overwhelmed. While there are plenty of little things that can easily be done yourself with someone with little or no technical knowledge, there are some projects that you should never attempt without at least some professional assistance.

Here are the top 3 home repair projects, in reverse order, that are best performed by a handyman or other home repair or remodeling professional.

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3) Roofing Repairs

It’s very possible that someone who is reasonably handy could shingle a garage roof or do some patchwork on the roof of a single-story home. But anything beyond that really should have at least the assistance of a handyman or other home repair professional. The number one concern here is that it is actually rather easy to fall off of a roof, even a flat roof. Also, because of the great amount of work involved, the exhaustion of someone who is not typically used to this sort of work could cause a stumble that can lead to serious, if not fatal, injury.

Also, incorrectly repaired roofs – something that actually happens more than you think it should – can lead to leaky roofs and expensive water damage. It’s one of those things that if you pay for the professional help the first time, you can save thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars of future repair work later.

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2) Plumbing

There is a reason that plumbers make as much money as they do. Plumbing work done incorrectly can lead to very small leaks that while may sound harmless, can over time do damage that could cost you thousands of dollars in future repair costs. While replacing a shower head or a faucet is something that should be something done easily yourself, you need to make sure that you’re not seeing any leaks. Water has a way of being one of the most destructive substances around. If you see that the plumbing under the sink or in your basement is showing any signs of leakage, you really should call a plumber to check it out. The upfront cost of bring a pro in will be far less expensive than the potential damage that a leak could inevitably cause.

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1) Electricity

Besides the obvious threat of electrocution, electrical repairs really should be done by a pro. Installing light switches or ceiling fans isn’t really a problem as long as you know the circuit is shut down. It’s best to buy a volt meter to test for any remaining currents just to be sure. Of course, an electrician can do that for you. Also, in some areas, any electrical work beyond the absolute basics that you do on your house requires a permit, meaning that a pro will absolutely need to be involved. A professional electrician may also discover problems that you never may have known about. Electrical fires are sadly more common than you would think, so if there is any doubt in your mind about anything having to do with electricity, call a pro.

City Renovations is proud to say that we have the staff and expertise available to deal with all 3 of these major repair projects. We also have an industry-leading five-year warranty on workmanship, so if we do your project and there is anything wrong with the work we have done, we will come back and fix it for free within five years.

If there is any repair or remodeling project that you have any doubts about being able to do yourself, please give your local pro a call. For the three above, especially, we highly recommend that you definitely seek professional assistance. It’s for the long-term good of your home and especially you and your family’s safety.

Everything You Need to Know About Infrared Inspections

Infrared Inspections
 

Thermal imaging is a revolutionary tool that uses infrared technology to help people diagnose problems in their homes. Here are some things that you should be aware of about infrared inspections.

What Are the Benefits of Infrared Inspections?

There are a number of reasons that they are hiring experts to use infrared imaging to inspect your property. Here are some benefits that you should consider.

Identify Electrical Problems

Overloaded circuits, arcing and wiring mistakes can lead to serious problems down the road. Such problems could blow a circuit, which would cause you to be without power for several days. You could also face much more serious problems, such as electrical fires. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that about 25,900 residential properties are damaged by electrical fires every year.

You will want to minimize the risk by identifying arcing, overloaded circuits or faulty wiring. Infrared scans are one of the best ways to diagnose these problems before they become issues.

Reduce Heat Loss

The Department of Energy estimates that the average homeowner can reduce heating costs by five percent to as much as thirty percent by making simple upgrades. Unfortunately, heat loss is often caused by small drafts and other heat sinks that can be difficult to spot.

Infrared imaging has made it much easier for homeowners to identify these problems. Then it is possible to easily add more insulation in problem areas or repair small drafts that are causing heat loss. Your infrared camera scan can easily pay for itself in the heat loss savings.

Infrastructural Problems

You can also use infrared imaging to identify other infrastructural problems in your home. Water leaks are one of the other issues that you may want to identify using this process.

Choosing the Right Professional to Conduct an Infrared Imaging

There are a number of experts that provide infrared imaging services. Unfortunately, many of them aren’t properly trained to identify the problems that your house may be facing. Here are some red flags that you need to be aware of when speaking to a professional:

  • Underestimating time needed. Infrared cameras are very effective tools for identifying problems in your home. However, it still takes a few hours to thoroughly scan most properties. You should avoid working with any professional claiming that they can conduct a thermal scan of their home in a couple of hours.
  • Not taking multiple views. All experts understand that they need to take multiple views of your house to get a complete view of it. They will need to take images from both the interior and exterior. If someone claims that they can scan your home just from the outside, then they will not be doing the thorough job that they should be doing.
  • Taking scans during the daytime. You should always be skeptical of any professional that claims they can take thermal scans of your house during the daytime. Most experts will take scans before dawn and after dusk to observe temperature differences.

Thermal imaging is a powerful tool to identify problems with your home. However, your scans will only be useful if they are taken by an expert who will do a thorough job. Make sure that the professional understands the protocols so they can do the job right.

For more on infrared inspections, visit City Renovation’s dedicated Infrared Inspection webpage.