With it’s very own cable network channel there is no question that DIY home projects have become quite popular. Do it yourself projects are fun and exhilarating because they give the sense of accomplishment along with the thrill of knowing you saved some money. DIY projects are great, but there are some home tasks that are better left to the pros because they require specific and special training that the average homeowner just doesn’t have. Leave the following home projects to the pros or you may end up calling them and spending much more money than you originally intended.
There are some minor plumbing fixes you can do on your own. For example: fixing a leaking faucet, small toilet repairs, or unclogging a drain with some Drano. When the problem is larger than the turn of a wrench or pouring chemicals into the drain, you want to call in a professional. Large plumbing tasks are expensive and tricky to fix. The last thing you want is a burst pipe causing flooding and leading you to need to hire a professional water damage restoration crew as well a plumber.
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Wiring homes can get complicated and confusing, when you think you are doing something right it could turn out to be a dangerous fire hazard. There are many, many, many, rules and laws about how electricity is to be run in a home for safety reasons.
Far too many times the walls have been opened up in a home improvement show only to discover the electrical work was done incorrectly and fixing it is going to cost the homeowner thousands more than expected. Best leave the electrical work to the pros.
Ideally, the carpets in your home should be cleaned once a year (more in homes with respiratory illness sufferers). Many people make the mistake of thinking those big machines you can rent at the grocery store will get the job done and save them a few dollars over hiring a professional carpet cleaner.
There are many reasons why this is not the best idea for the health and longevity of your carpets.
- There is a high chance of too much water being used. All steam cleaners use really hot water mixed with cleaning solution to clean and sanitize the carpet, but if you are not trained in how much water is too much and how to properly move the equipment over the floor you will very easily use too much water. Damp carpets are a breeding ground for mold and could eventually lead to you needing to replace the carpet.
- The possibility of too much soap. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing and that certainly applies to using cleaning solutions on the carpet. Too much soap that does not get rinsed out of the carpet will end up attracting more dirt and making your floors look even dirtier.
- The most powerful and effective equipment is a truck-mounted professional hot water extraction unit. Rentable plugin cleaners just do not provide as much suction power to get deep into the carpet; so you think you are performing a deep clean but truth is you need a machine that reaches deeper to really get down into the carpet.
When doing a DIY project on your home it is best to stick to the ones that don’t require long hours of special training.