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Maybe Leave The DIY to the Professionals.

11/1/2023 (Permalink)

Most of us are guilty of loving a good DIY project.  Not only can it save you a little money, but it can also allow you to take the time to learn a new trade.  There are some projects, however, that can be incredibly dangerous if not completed to perfection. Here are a few examples of DIY projects that should be left for the professionals.

  • Installing a hot water tank

    • Installing a hot water tank involved dealing with 240 volts of electricity to be fused with the gas lines.  Doing this job incorrectly can result in an accidental explosion.
  • Cleaning led paint
    • Most houses that were built prior to 1980 contain lead in the paint that's on the walls.  This paint must be cleaned but before that can happen, it is important to test the extent of lead within it.  Hiring a licensed professional is essential in this situation.
  • Removing trees
    • This DIY is not only dangerous, but it can also be illegal.  Trees are essential to survival, therefore, most cities have declared it illegal to cut down trees without authorization from the city or a licensed professional. Not only that, but removing a tree improperly can result in damage to structures, injury, or in some cases, fatality.  Cutting down a tree looks simple, but this may be a better project for the pros.
  • Switching from electric to gas stove
    • This is another DIY project that can turn into a legal matter.  This project requires you to handle both gas and electricity.  If executed poorly, it may prove fatal.  Not only that, but depending on where you live, it may also be illegal to do this conversion without the assistance of a licensed professional.  Moral of the story, this is another one to leave to the pros.
  • Electrical rewiring
    • This one tends to speak for itself.  Making any sort of changes to your electrical system can lead to accidental electrocution or even fatality.  Therefore, it does require a permit.

To conclude, there are some DIY projects that may be too dangerous to execute as a DIY project.  Hiring a professional to make electrical improvements, to remove unwanted foliage, or to update kitchen appliances will not only ensure that the job is done correctly and protect you from injury, but it could also avoid running into legal matters.  Of course, if your DIY project does go wrong, you can always rely on SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties to help clean up the mess. We are available 24/7 at 817-596-8714.

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