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Tradesmen in the UK have suggested that a large proportion of their regular business comes from botched DIY attempts.

A recent survey by insurance brokerage firm Swinton Commercial found that fixing DIY disasters accounts for a surprisingly high proportion of jobs for different tradesmen. The results, which came from 100 men and women working as tradesmen in the UK, showed that plumbers were the biggest beneficiaries from dumb-DIY-disasters, with 20% saying that fixing such mistakes often accounted for 84% of their workload.

100% of the survey’s respondents said that the botched DIY jobs were done because the culprits thought DIY would be a cheaper option.

“The results of the study are troubling showing that UK plumbers are seeing a growing trend in people undertaking technically demanding and potentially dangerous DIY jobs in order to cut costs,” said Alastair Denness, National Business Development Manager at Swinton Commercial.

100% of the survey’s respondents said that the botched DIY jobs were done because the culprits thought DIY would be a cheaper option. Around 42%, all professional tradesmen, said these culprits were scared of being ripped off by rogue tradesmen, while 42.9% said that people believe that technical and highly skilled jobs such as plumbing can be done easily.

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“Although these jobs might be good news for UK plumbers, businesses need to be aware that cutting costs by attempting to do the job of a professional is a false economy, often costing a lot more than it would to pay a professional to do the job in the first place,” Denness continued.”

Unskilled DIY jobs, particularly plumbing and electrical work, can also be extremely dangerous. One example from the survey involved a waitress attempting to fix a boiler using a bread knife and scissors. According to the law, boiler work should only be undertaken by a qualified boiler engineer on the gas safe register. Worse yet, the unit was live at the time!

“Business owners also need to remember that failed DIY attempts can put you and employees at serious risk, and result in insurance claims when disaster strikes, leading to increased business insurance premiums. We, therefore, advise supporting your local tradesmen to provide a professional service which could save you and your business a lot more money in the long run.”