In the world with a tutorial just a click away on Youtube or Pinterest, we have become pretty self-sufficient at doing things and building things ourselves. Where do we draw the line between being frugal and consider the Dangers of DIY Home Improvement Projects?
Five Dangers Of DIY Home Improvement Projects
Are there some projects that are truly best left to the professionals? Is it dangerous to do it yourself on home improvement projects? With 23% of people survey planning a home improvement project in 2017 knowing the dangers are crucial. Below are five dangers of DIY home improvement jobs.
Did you recently move into a new house where the tacky tiles from 1935 are still there in the back room? All you need is a construction bag, a hammer, gloves, and a broom. No biggie, you can lift the tiles up yourself and replace them in an afternoon. Think again. Those tiles, before 1980 most likely are made with asbestos. Disturbing them can prove deadly. Not today, but 20-30 years down the road, that exposure can lead to mesothelioma. When those surveyed about the risks of mesothelioma 30% said they “don’t know” what causes mesothelioma!!!! Mesothelioma claims from Slater and Gordon are bringing awareness to the front and center so these facts will no longer be hidden.
Have some peeling paint near your windows? Perhaps there is some sagging wallpaper in your dining room. Before you start tearing and chipping away at loose paint and wallpaper, take into account that it may be made with lead. If you have children and pets in your home, it could prove deadly to DIY yourself if you’re not doing it correctly. Many children develop developmental delays from lead exposure.
We all have that one sink that seems to drip. Most of the time, a new washer will fix it. But what happens if there’s a rotting pipe in your basement, that you know, you saw a Youtube video on how to replace it, but… everyone’s house and circumstances is different. Now, you’ve flooded your basement and are looking at thousands of dollars worth of repairs. If there’s a rotten pipe in your basement, that connects to your sewer, or is the main water pipe, it’s safer to leave this DIY to the trained and experienced plumbers. But be sure to get any issues with water leaks addressed, if not, this can lead to a dangerous health hazard, known as mold.
Ever have an outlet or light switch spark the moment you used it? Scary isn’t it? This is a sure sign that something is not wired correctly. Call in a HVAC person or electrician to assess the situation. Sometimes the outlet is not up to code, such as a light switch being too close to the water pipes. This is something you don’t want to let go, nor touch. Also, if you smell natural gas, do not touch anything. Get out and call your gas company right away. There are more than 300 deaths a year due to leaking pipelines.
Not to sound melodramatic, but there are some jobs that call for a team of 3-4 trained individuals with expensive tools to fix certain things. Know when a job is too big for you. Many individuals break fingers/hands by replacing windows in their houses. Falling off of ladders is common, which can lead to broken bones. Rusty nails that puncture skin will need to be addressed with a tetanus shot. And electrocution is possible when you have no idea what you’re doing and there’s a live wire around. In another study only 4% of those embarking on DIY Home Improvement Projects realize that MDF treated wood being sawed causes an extreme health hazard. Safety masks are vital.
The folks at Slate Gordon have compiled this amazing infographic to bring awareness of How Healthy and Safe Are Our Home Improvement Projects. This information has brought so much awareness to my husband and our family on how we will tackle any projects we might have.
Doing it yourself is amazing. It’s a great way to feel productive and more in love with your house. But there are dangers most people do not talk about. These five dangers of DIY Home Improvement Projects is real, and should be considered before you begin on your next project.
What dangers of home improvement projects have you seen? Do you call on a professional or do-it-yourself? If you do projects on your own please use the above graphic to ensure your safety.