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It’s the DIY disaster season!

The Easter bank holiday weekend is traditionally the start of the DIY season. The extra days off work and the longer evenings entice homeowners to tackle jobs that have been put off in the gloomy days of winter. However, there are some jobs that should only be left to a professional to carry out.

Changing a tap washer is one thing, but when it comes to more complex plumbing jobs you need to know what you are doing, otherwise you could cause serious damage to your home and possibly be fined for breaking Water Regulations (Water Byelaws in Scotland).

According to Zurich Insurance, many homeowners underestimate their abilities, which results in one in six having to call in experts to fix their mistakes. The irony is that in many cases fixing the botched DIY can entail more work and be more expensive to fix than if a plumber had been called in to address the original problem.

The added expense of putting a job right is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DIY and plumbing systems. AXA Insurance cites that 15% of DIYers have at some point caused a water leakage and some 27% of DIY related home insurance claims are made for water damage. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says that injuries from tools and machinery are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts turning up at hospital each year!

But, uninformed DIY may not just cause you the expense and heartbreak of a damaged home, or a trip to A&E. When it comes to plumbing and heating, those mistakes could threaten the health and safety of all those within your home, mistakes can be deadly. Water contamination, scalding and even gas explosion are all realistic outcomes of incompetent DIY.

Danny Davis, operations manager of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering said, “Householders are subject to the same laws and regulations that the professionals are. Your plumbing systems deal with clean water and sanitation – the cornerstones of health within your home. In addition, anyone working on heating and hot water systems must be suitably qualified and be registered with the relevant body such as the Gas Safe Register for those working with gas.

“By engaging a professional to carry out the work you know that the job will be carried out safely and to a high standard – it’s a matter of peace of mind.”

So if you get in a muddle you can find a professional plumber or heating installer by visiting www.ciphe.org.uk. You can also contact Head Office during office hours (9am-5pm weekdays excluding bank holidays) for a plumbing or heating engineer in your area by phoning 01708 472791 or emailing info@ciphe.org.uk