February 9, 2022
Whether it’s carpet, wood or tile, there are several steps that (if not done correctly) could mean starting all over again. Plus, you never know what you’ll find underneath. You could have previous flooring material that’s now warped, damaged or in serious need of staining. Then of course, there’s the sub floor, which could be cracked or rotten and would need to be addressed before anything else can be done. Lastly, there’s the sheer amount of waste that comes with the project that professionals are better equipped to deal with.
Eager to rip that wall down to create a more open space? Keep in mind, that wall could be supporting another part of the house, or have electrical wiring or plumbing inside. Ripping down a wall could cause serious damage to the structure of a home. In addition, special permits may be required for this kind of work, and doing so without a permit could result in a hefty fine.
Do this yourself and you run the risk of not just electrocution, but also changing the polarity of the wires and losing power to the entire home. This is another project that often requires a permit and possibly even an inspection to complete, so leave it to the electricians.
While clogged sinks and bathtub drains can easily be cleaned out by homeowners, anything bigger than that should be left to the professionals. This means you should never try to fix a main pipe underneath the sink, install a shower or toilet or redo the plumbing yourself. If done incorrectly, a leak could mean hazardous mold, rotting wood, structural damage and more – all of which are much more pricey than contacting a plumber in the first place.
If you live in a single-story home with a mildly sloping roof, you can probably get away with a minor shingle and gutter repair. Anything else, however, could be quite dangerous. Falling from a roof, no matter how tall, is a real risk – even for the professionals. All it takes is one slip-up for gravity to take over. Not to mention that any mistake in the placement of the shingles could lead to a leaky roof. This could cause much bigger problems like water damage, mold, fire hazards from water accumulating near electrical outlets and higher utility bills from loss of insulation.
Reston Painting & Contracting can help with most of these projects. Give us a call today to ensure you get reliability, cost efficiency, and honesty with every job.