I know it might not be fun having to stay inside all day, y’all, but COVID-19 has really put a damper on things. It’s always better to be safe than sorry—and that applies to basic home renovation projects, too. In fact, there are plenty of home improvement dangers to watch out for. Keep these in mind when you look for stuff to work on around the house and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You should never complete certain home projects yourself without the help of a professional. For example, a DIY electrical home project can ruin your home’s wiring and even shock you. Listen to me, y’all—you never want to experience this issue firsthand. Electricity is a powerful force, and electric shocks can be incredibly dangerous or even fatal. You never know how much voltage will go through your body, so do the right thing and call an electrician instead.
Similarly, water damage is a real concern. A little water might not hurt you, but it can certainly ruin that nice carpet you bought or everything in your basement. If you perform a DIY plumbing project, you risk damaging a pipe. A burst pipe can send hundreds of gallons of water into your home in a second! I definitely don’t recommend this. Do yourself a favor and hire a plumber, okay?
Nobody wants creepy-crawlies anywhere near where they eat, sleep, or bathe. You may not know they’re there, but you never know when you might stumble across a wasp’s nest or another unwanted critter when you do some deep-cleaning. For small critters such as bugs, roaches, mice, or rats, call an exterminator.
Let’s get this squared away, y’all: mold is dangerous! It can grow in damp and humid conditions, such as in a poorly ventilated bathroom or a moist attic. Anytime you remodel your home, you must include a strong fan to suck out all the moisture from the air. Simply put the less moisture in the air, the less chance for mold to grow.
When you work in risky situations, you can fall and break your bones or possibly become paralyzed. It doesn’t matter what project you’re doing—shingling your roof, installing your gutters, or painting the side of your house—you never want to fall from a great height and injure yourself. I recommend you have someone help you or at least be there in case you get injured. Better yet, call a professional to do it for you and avoid the risk altogether.