Do-It-Yourself, or DIY as it’s commonly referred to, is the big trend in home repair and home cleaning these days.
DIY is great for a lot of household projects, such as refurbishing an old piece of furniture or holiday décor and other arts and crafts.
DIY is not great for serious home repair projects or tasks that could potentially harm you or your home and other investments.
There is a reason there are professional plumbers, electricians and handymen, because some jobs and repairs require experience, training and the proper tools. Some DIY projects are done in order to save money but then ultimately end up costing more if done incorrectly.
Here are a few home repairs and home services you won’t want to DIY and should leave for the professionals:
For DIY plumbing, leave it to installing new showerheads or faucets. Perhaps, if your toilet is running, you can probably go to the hardware store and buy a new toilet kit.
Toilet kits are relatively cheap, come with instructions and overall only require maybe 10-15 minutes of your time to install. More importantly, it’s almost impossible for you to cause any damage to you or your toilet in the process of installing a new toilet kit. After that, leave plumbing to the professionals.
Any kind of plumbing project that requires rerouting your pipes or working with copper tubing should be reserved for a plumbing service. Those projects require blow torches and experience in order to ensure their done properly.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. There is an obvious danger associated with any project that requires you to be on your roof. Roofs are high above the ground and slanted. If you are on a roof without training or prior experience, there is a very real chance you could fall off the room and seriously harm yourself.
Roofers are trained and experience in working on roofs and high above the ground. Don’t try to save yourself a few dollars by installing a new roof on your own and end up costing yourself thousands in hospital bills.
Same as roofing, the dangers associated with DIY electrical work are pretty obvious and should be approached with extreme caution. Any electric project beyond installing a new ceiling fan or light switch should be left for a trained electrician.
There are a lot of safety measures to be considered when dealing with electricity and there is a chance that during a DIY project, one or multiple could be missed. Some electrical projects are significant enough that they require a permit, in which case, you’ll be required to hire a professional.
Unlike roofing or electrical work, there isn’t a significant risk of serious injury involved in DIY carpet cleaning. The risk is associated with ruining your carpet in the process. Carpet is an expensive investment that should be treated with the proper professional care.
DIY carpet cleaning can result in too much water being used, which leads to mold and mildew, too much soap being used, which leads to residue and wear and tear, and improper use of harsh chemicals, which can bleach or discolor carpet fibers.
Permanent damage to carpet, is, well, permanent and extremely costly. You can avoid permanent damage by hiring a professional Waukesha carpet cleaning service such as Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield.
Champion Chem-Dry offers drier, cleaner, healthier carpet cleaning in Waukesha at affordable prices without the need for excessive water, soap or harsh chemicals. In fact, their process is green-certified and IICRC recognized.
For more information on their services, call (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com/carpet-cleaning.php to learn more.
When it comes to DIY, don’t get over your head. Only choose projects you are 100% comfortable with and ones that don’t pose any serious risk to you or your home.