We know that DIY projects are very popular right now, and for the most part, we totally support them! You can save a lot of money and get a lot of satisfaction from doing your own home improvement projects. However, there are a few categories of DIY projects that you shouldn’t attempt yourself, simply because they can be dangerous or have the potential to go wrong. Here are the top 3 projects we recommend that you leave to the professionals.
Don’t get us wrong here. There are a lot of small plumbing tasks that most homeowners can tackle on their own just fine. A basic leaky faucet fix or swapping out a showerhead can often be done without the aid of a licensed plumber. Doing small tasks like these can often save you time and money, and improve your home instantly.
However, there are a lot of bigger plumbing projects that can actually cost you time and money if you attempt to do them yourself and don’t know what you are doing. You shouldn’t attempt to move pipes yourself or tackle larger plumbing projects. Your home’s plumbing is a delicate system, and it contains all of the water your family uses. Doing something wrong can mean flooding your entire house. Flood clean up is not an easy task and will cost you a lot more than just hiring a plumber in the first place. In the meantime, your family will be out running water, an essential part of everyday life. It’s best to leave large plumbing tasks to the professionals who can get the job done right the first time.
Again, you can change out the lightbulbs in your home, but larger electrical tasks should be left to the professionals. It might be tempting to think that you can just move some wiring or do other electrical work, but don’t do it.
There are many reasons not to handle electrical work yourself. For one, electrical work in homes has a strict code that you must follow. This code ensures that your home is safe. Shoddy electrical work can spark a fire, which can quickly devastate your home. This might not happen right away, so you could finish up your project and think you’re done, only to have a big problem later. Trained electricians know the code and how to make sure that your home is safe, so let them do it.
Plus, electricity is dangerous to work with. You risk electrocuting yourself if you don’t know what you are doing. Professionals will know the proper safety precautions and how to shut off the power correctly to ensure that no one is injured during the project.
Most home cleaning projects you can (and should!) do yourself. We definitely encourage regular home cleaning. However, it turns out that carpet cleaning is one home cleaning project that you should leave to the professionals. Carpet cleaning can go wrong, damaging your carpets. It’s also hard work if you don’t have the right equipment, can take a lot of your time.
There are a lot of DIY carpet cleaning methods out there. Products that use soaps or shampoos often leave behind sticky residue, which will attract dirt and make your carpets dirty much quicker. Plus, these methods are often very wet, leaving your carpets wet for days and at risk for mold growth. Plus, without the strength of an industrial carpet cleaner, these methods often can’t get out all of the dirt and grime anyway.
Instead, a professional carpet cleaner like Great American Chem-Dry will be able to get your carpets cleaner by extracting everything with their powerful suction equipment. Plus, Chem-Dry uses a low mater method that dries quicker, letting you use your clean carpets much sooner and greatly reducing the risk of mold. Start by calling a professional carpet cleaner, instead of calling them after you’ve tried to clean your carpets yourself and need them to clean up your mess.
Go ahead and break out that tool belt. Put on those safety goggles and jump into the DIY world. Just remember, if the project could cause damage to your home, put you at the risk of injury, or require a pro to clean up the mess…think twice and don’t be afraid to not do it yourself.