Home Projects You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

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Even though the DIY industry is strong enough to have its own cable networks, there are still some jobs best left to the professionals. Tiling your floor, painting or wallpapering and performing cosmetic updates can help give you feelings of accomplishment and pride in your home, but when you try to take on bigger projects, and they don’t go well, it can require costly repairs. Avoiding doing certain home tasks by yourself and leaving them to the pros doesn’t make you less of a weekend warrior, it just proves you’re a smart homeowner.

Plumbing projects

Repairing a leaky faucet or replacing a malfunctioning flapper on the toilet are relatively easy DIY projects and can save valuable time and money. However, if the plumbing project requires more than your usual tools and involves watching multiple videos to try to understand the procedure, it might be time to call in a professional. Plumbing mistakes such as burst pipes and overflowing toilets can lead to water damage that’s expensive to repair and can ruin irreplaceable items. If you’re ever in doubt about a plumbing project, consult a professional.

Electrical projects

Unless you have experience or training working with household electrical, it’s best to avoid doing much beyond updating fixtures and changing light bulbs. The wiring in homes can be complicated, confusing and dangerous to work with if you don’t know what you’re doing. Hire an experienced electrician for electrical jobs to keep yourself safe from injury and your home safe from fire.

Carpet cleaning

Although your rugs and carpets receive a lot of attention from your feet, they probably don’t receive enough attention from professional cleaners. Weekly vacuuming and spot treatments help maintain the appearance of carpets and rugs, but without periodic professional cleaning, the fibers become worn, and the flooring requires repair or replacement. Professional cleaning extends the life of your carpets and rugs while improving indoor air quality for a healthier home.

While you can buy or rent hot water extraction carpet cleaners, they don’t provide the same level of cleanliness as professional carpet cleaning companies. Store bought or rented “steam” cleaners use hot water and detergent to saturate your rugs and then draw that water out to make your carpets or rugs appear clean on the surface. However, these machines often over-saturate the floors and can leave them damp for a couple of days, which makes them a breeding ground for mildew, bacteria and mold. Any soapy residue left behind attracts dirt like a magnet, and your carpets may get dirtier faster after cleaning.

Having your rugs and carpets cleaned professionally periodically is the most effective and safest way to keep your home clean and healthy. Professional rug and carpet cleaners use less water than rental or store-bought rug cleaners and apply special detergents and pre-treatments to the floors that effectively remove dirt and grime. Professional cleaners ensure that the rugs and carpets are dry by using high-velocity fans, and they carefully treat any spots with solutions designed specifically for the fibers of your rugs and carpets. With professional cleaning, you don’t have to worry about your carpets and rugs shrinking or becoming magnets for dirt, mold, and mildew.

DIY spot treatments and vacuuming help maintain the appearance of your rugs and carpets, but a thorough professional cleaning is the best way to ensure truly clean floors. Contact Embassy Cleaners today to learn more about our carpet, rug, upholstery and window treatment cleaning services.

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