4 home projects you shouldn’t do yourself

Serious Injury Or Death: Roofing jobs are physically demanding as they climb, bend, kneel, and lift heavily, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Roofers have one of the highest injury and illness rates of any occupation and one of the highest death rates in the workplace. Workers can slide or fall off scaffolding, ladders, or roofs. They can also be burned with hot bitumen (a petroleum-based roofing material). Roofs can get extremely hot in summer and cause heat-related illnesses. There is also a risk of electric shock from accidentally touching power lines.

Warranty Issues: Roofing materials manufacturer warranties may cover processing for a limited time if the materials are installed by qualified contractors, but they generally don’t cover DIY installation, Pescow said.

Costly Damage: Using incorrect materials or improper installation can damage the roof. If water gets in, your home’s ceilings, walls, floors, furniture and cables suffer.

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Mold removal

Everyone has seen and removed mold in their bathroom at some point. As long as the mold area is less than 10 square feet, the Environmental Protection Agency says that’s fine. However, if there is a significant amount of mold, you may need to “open up walls, lift carpets, or take out fixtures to completely remove them and thoroughly clean and dry the room,” Pescow wrote. Taking a DIY approach means risking:

Mold exposure: Contact with mold can cause asthmatic reactions, sore throat, skin reactions, allergic reactions, eye and nose irritation, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and other lung problems if you do not have appropriate protective equipment.

Heavy Chemical Exposure: Chemical cleaners commonly used to kill molds are also harmful to the lungs, eyes, nasal passages, throats, and skin.

Exacerbating the problem: improper removal or sealing can release mold spores into the air. Do-it-yourselfers can also miss mold lurking in unexpected places like crawl spaces or floors, which can cause further damage.

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Toilet replacement

To install a new toilet, you need to turn off the water. Disconnect, drain and remove the old toilet. and seal and connect the new one. This is a manageable task for someone with basic plumbing skills. The risks include:

Injury: A toilet can weigh about 100 pounds and is awkward to use. Homeowners can be injured when lifting or carrying the toilet.

Vapors: Wastewater gases are unhealthy and potentially flammable. If you don’t stuff a rag into the exposed drain pipe after removing the old toilet, you can be exposed to dangerous fumes – especially in poorly ventilated rooms, Pescow wrote.

Toilet damage: Improper installation, over-tightening, or simply dropping the toilet can cause serious damage.

Leaks and Mold: If the soil isn’t properly sealed, water can seep into the soil, damaging and weakening the area, while creating the right conditions for mold and mildew to grow.

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Window change

Replacing draughty windows can lower your electricity bills, but only if done correctly. However, if you install it incorrectly, you risk:

Injury: Windows are heavy and fragile, and there is a risk of injury from broken glass and lifting. Falls from ladders are just as much a problem as injuring passers-by when a window falls on the street.

Poor Energy Efficiency: An improper fit or seal can lead to drafts, air leaks and higher energy costs.

Water Damage: Poor waterproofing can lead to water leaks that damage the wood, drywall, and wiring in your home.

House damage: You could accidentally hit a pipe or an electrical line.

Warranty Problems: Improper installation of your own windows can invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty in whole or in part.

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