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Don’t let Easter cheer turn into A&E fear

Easter is nearly here which can mean only one thing – the start of the DIY season! It’s that time of year where we get up the nerve to tackle those jobs that have been waiting all winter and we breath a bit of life back into homes and gardens.

While the majority of us may feel confident wielding a paintbrush or changing a tap washer, there are some jobs we really should leave to the professionals. Paul Harmer, Lead Technical Consultant for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE), urged householders to be cautious, “The DIYer has to abide by the same regulations as the qualified professional, so if you are planning work on your plumbing systems, you really do need to be competent to do so.”

There are a number of things that can go wrong, from leaking or damaged pipes, to misconnections resulting in water contamination. If you run into issues it could potentially cost you a lot of money to put things right, especially if your home insurance policy does not cover accidental damage, or cover claims if you have attempted work that you are not competent to do.

Then there are the thousands of people who end up in A&E, walk-in centres and minor injury departments due to a DIY accident. Whether it’s a fall off a ladder, a power tool related injury, accidentally cutting through electric cables or a nail through the finger, DIY can be a dangerous hobby if you don’t know what you are doing.

With insurance companies and A&E departments across the land preparing themselves for the start of the DIY season, Paul continued, “Unless you have the knowledge and experience to undertake work on plumbing and heating systems, it’s just not worth taking chances. While you may think you are saving money in the short term, uninformed DIY can become a costly, stressful, dangerous and time consuming experience all round.”

“Our members are regularly rectifying work carried out by people who have no formal plumbing training. By engaging a professional to carry out the work in the first place you know that the job will be done properly - it’s a matter of peace of mind.”

You can find a qualified plumbing or heating installer in your area by visiting www.ciphe.org.uk/find-a-plumber or ringing 01708 472791.