Young Brits have low basic home repair skills, according to new research from the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS).

Just over a third (37%) of young adults know how to replace a shower head, while 65% of over 55s would be confident with the same task.

The survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by WRAS, found that adults born after 1985 were less confident of completing certain tasks around the house.

Only one-third (31%) of 18-34 year olds, both millennials and Gen-Zs, would know how to bleed a radiator – whereas an impressive 79% of over-55s would be able to do this quick job.

In fact, across the board of basic home repairs, those born in the 1960s and earlier are more capable of repairs than younger generations.

On average, the home repairs Brits feel most capable of are:

  • Bleeding a radiator – 57%
  • Fixing a squeaky door – 54.5%
  • Replacing a shower head – 53.3%
  • Fixing a blocked toilet – 44.6%
  • Replacing a light fixture – 44.5%
  • Fixing a hole in a wall – 43.9%
  • Fixing wobbly furniture – 43%
  • Fixing a leaky tap – 30.2%
  • Fixing a leaky loo – 21.1%.

When it comes to solving the problem of a squeaky door hinge, three-quarters (75%) of adults over 55 would know what to do, however this figure drops to just under a third (31%) for adults aged 25-34 and 33% for those aged 18-24.

Julie Spinks, Managing Director of WRAS, said: “There is a clear generational divide when it comes to doing repairs in the home. ‘Generation Rent’ seems to have created a nation of people who aren’t confident in dealing with straightforward DIY tasks, from changing a light fixture to even bleeding a radiator. Knowing how to do some of these tasks can save time and money.

“What’s reassuring is that most people wouldn’t tackle more technical plumbing jobs themselves, regardless of age. A small leak can cause havoc in the home and is something most homeowners, renters or landlords don’t want to deal with, given the emotional and financial impact it could cause if it’s not fixed properly. It’s always advisable to use an approved plumber to resolve any leaks.”