While the occasional DIY project can be fun and harmless, some are better left to the professionals who have the equipment and expertise needed to get the job done right. You don’t have to lift a finger, the project still gets completed, and you’ve likely increased the value of your home.
Here are nine DIY home improvement projects to avoid (without proper help) this summer.
“Drano® didn’t drain it—but I can.” That’s a thought many homeowners have. Unfortunately, pipework is complicated. The odds are that you won’t know exactly where the clog is, and pipes are intricate structures that are difficult to reassemble. Call a plumber, and protect your dishwasher, garbage disposal, and other fixtures from potential ruin.
Dishwasher installs often require complex setups that involve water and drainage line installation and making pathways for those lines. Unless you have experience installing dishwashers, you should purchase a unit that comes with free installation. If it doesn’t, call an installer because fixing water damage is not a DIY project you want to handle either.
Demolition looks fun and easy. Sledgehammer, wall, and then boom—the job’s done. Right? Not quite. Before you go knocking anything down, do you know what’s inside that wall? Do you know if it’s load bearing? A contractor can assess your home accurately and tell you the best, and safest, way to get the “feng shui” you want in your home.
You can change a light bulb and swap out old fixtures. However, when it comes to wiring, you want to leave that to an electrician. You run the risk of electrical shock, costly repairs if things go wrong, and the potential for a house fire if you try to DIY. Always hire a professional!
Even if it seems like a minor leak, it’s better to seek the services of a professional. The damage caused by amateur workmanship can compound the problem and reduce the lifespan of your roof, significantly reducing the value of your home.
It takes more time and energy than you think to dig out the foundation. By the time you realize you need a professional, more damage has been done. Prevention is better than a quick cure. Always call a waterproofing company to protect against floods.
This one seems like an easy weekend project, but it isn’t. Grease and grime build up on kitchen cabinets, and they’re hard to remove. A professional will use a degreasing agent fed through a sprayer to get the job done. Then, there’s the sanding, priming, painting, and re-installation.
Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of factors, from hard water buildup to a fractured pipe. While one may be an easy fix, you likely don’t have the equipment or experience to diagnose and fix the problem yourself. Again, don’t mess with pipes and risk water damage.
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