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Doing-It-Yourself is incredibly rewarding and money-saving. Most of the time, it’s a great idea to learn how to do something on your own and be more independent. There are some things, however, that if you don’t have proper training in or the proper equipment, it can be a very bad idea to do it yourself. 

Here are three big projects which are recommended DDIY (don’t-do-it-yourself)!

Plumbing

Basic repair of a leaky faucet or replacing that annoying flapper on a toilet can often be done without the aid of a licensed plumber. Being able to do these simple tasks on your own can also save time and money. If your project involves more than a wrench and repair kit from the hardware store you probably want to consult a professional. It will cost less and cause less damage in the end. This is especially true if there is already a problem with running water. That is not the time to start learning about plumbing.

Bursting pipes and overflowing toilets are not fun for anyone.

 

Electrical

Beyond switching out light bulbs or properly labeling breakers, it’s probably best to leave any electrical work to a licensed professional. Wiring in our homes can be confusing and deadly if the proper precautions aren’t taken. (Take it from someone who has accidentally cut into a live wire while installing a new ceiling light!) Avoid the potential for serious injuries and fire. Let an electrician handle these projects.

 

Carpet cleaning

It can be tempting to rent a steam cleaner and detergents from your hardware store and do this on your own. To truly clean your carpets, you should seek out the services of a professional carpet cleaner. There are several reasons why.

Steam cleaners, by design, use hot water filled with soap and detergents to saturate your carpets and give the appearance of a surface clean. The over-saturation of carpets leaves them wet for up to 1-2 days. Damp carpets are a perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and bacteria growth. The soapy residue that is left behind works like a dirt magnet: your carpets end up getting dirty again much faster than before.

Professional cleaning is the best way to ensure your carpets are clean and healthy for your family. Chem-Dry’s carpet cleaning technicians use a proprietary Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process that provides a deeper, longer lasting clean for a healthier home. Plus carpets dry much more quickly; carpets dry in hours instead of days.

Regular professional cleaning extends the life of your carpets and keeps your home cleaner and healthier by improving indoor air quality.

 

So 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 hurt the value of your home, cause damage or require a pro to clean up the mess…think twice and don’t be afraid to NOT do-it-yourself!