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3 Instances of Why You Shouldn’t DIY

Thanks to the popularity of the DIY Network, HGTV, and YouTube videos, many homeowners are starting to take household projects into their own hands instead of calling in a professional like those at Roofs By Rodger. Opting to do projects yourself has a variety of benefits for the homeowner. It usually costs less since you don’t have to pay for labor and only need to pay for materials. It can improve your own handyman-like skills. And it allows you to make the ultimate decisions instead of relying on a third party.

However, while DIY does have its benefits, it’s not always the best option. Sometimes a project far exceeds the skills you can acquire from a television show or an Internet video. Sometimes you do need to call in the professionals.

When it comes to projects around your home, the following are three instances of why you shouldn’t DIY.

Plumbing

Plumbing is found in every house across the world. You need plumbing to bring water into your home and to take water out of your home. While there are some plumbing jobs you may be able to handle yourself, such as installing a new faucet, there are others that should be left to the professional. For example, opening a wall and fixing things is something only a plumber should do. The plumbing inside your walls requires certain products and expertise to handle. You need to be able to sweat the pipes to connect them, use special glues and adhesives to ensure leaks don’t occur, and ensure you use the right size pipes. Plus, the plumbing inside your walls usually needs to maintain a certain code compliance. Chances are, as a regular homeowner, you don’t know what these codes are. If you don’t hire a professional, you could use the wrong pipes, which could cost you serious money to fix if you were to ever sell your home, or if, by chance, something were to go wrong.

If you try to DIY with plumbing, you not only run the risk of using the wrong pipes, but you also run the risk of making an even bigger mess. Water damage and severe leaks are expensive to fix, so it’s better to just have the job done right the first time with a professional.

Electricity

Along with plumbing, projects that involve electricity should not be handled on your own. Electricity can be very dangerous, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up putting yourself in serious danger.

Like plumbing, electricity requires certain codes and wires depending on the job and placement in your home. If you don’t know what to do, you could end up using the wrong size wire, which could either not provide enough electricity, or could provide too much and run the risk of fire. If you don’t put your electricity up to code, you could also face some serious issues if you decide to sell.

Make sure that you put all electrical-related projects in the hands of a licensed professional. He or she will know exactly what to do to complete your project, and they’ll ensure your home is safe once the project is done.

Support Structure

Your home is a valuable asset. Many homeowners want to redo rooms in their home to make them more updated or to give them a different look. Minor home renovations can be done easily by yourself, but when it comes to projects that deal with the support structure of your home, it’s best to call a professional. For example, if you want to take walls down in your home for an open concept look, hire a general contractor for the job. There’s a chance that wall may be a supporting wall, and if you don’t know this and remove it, you could end up with a home that’s going to cave in. Anytime you need to take a wall down for a project, have a professional do it instead.

 

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