Christmas DIY Mishaps Cost More Than You Bargained For
As we head into the holiday season, record number of DIY buffs are going to end up in hospital as DIY projects leave them with shocking injuries such as broken backs and sliced fingers.
Owner of www.plumberassist.com.au, Darryl Simon said as the trend towards do-it-yourself home repairs soar - sparked by television home improvement shows - so does the injury toll.
“According to a nationwide study, more than 25,000 DIY-ers were hospitalized last year from ladder falls, nail gun injuries and accidents from lawnmowers and power tools.” Said Mr Simon
“In Victoria alone there were 15 deaths and more than 2,000 were seriously injured”, he said
“ Typically as we head into the holiday season we see an upward trend of mostly men, doing work around the home such as cleaning gutters or fixing that leaking tap”
“Typically this is when we see an influx of calls to rectify plumbing issues that have been started by someone thinking it’s going to be a piece of cake to fix”.
Mr Simon said those who are going to give DIY a go should avoid making the following mistakes:
· It is illegal to touch gas: Federal law requires you to have a licensed plumber conduct any work on gas in your home or business; this includes any work on your hot water service.
· Digging pipes can be fatal: Burst pipes are common throughout the year, but having spare time and a shovel doesn’t mean you should attempt this yourself.
· Don’t be fooled by the array of plumbing goodies in hardware shops: You don’t need to be licensed to buy them, but you certainly need to be licensed to install most of them.
· Your insurance company won’t cough up: If something goes terribly wrong, and plumbing has been repaired illegally, you’re going to be left on a limb.
Mr Simon said in most cases when he is called to rectify a DIY fix-it problem, the repairs become far more costly that what they should have been if he had come in the first place.
“We could have saved the home owner or business owner lots of money if they had just called in the professionals in the first place” said Mr Simon.
Mr Simon owns and operates www.plumberassist.com.au, a plumbing maintenance company servicing the Melbourne wide community.
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