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Don’t Try This At Home!

The seven most dangerous DIY home projects

One in five DIY-ers tackling home renovations ends up in the hospital each year due to accidents, according to the Home Safety Council. Don’t become a statistic; leave these projects to the experts.

Tree Trimming and Removal
    Trees don’t always fall in a predictable manner. It’s best to consult a certified arborist, no matter how handy you are with power tools.
    “If a tree falls during a storm, a DIY mishap or a careless neighbor’s landscaping project, take photos and contact your claims adjuster as soon as possible,” says Erie Insurance’s Joe Vahey. “Your adjuster can help evaluate the damage and explain how your homeowners insurance can help.”

Asbestos Removal
    Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos. Before renovating, it’s a smart idea to have your home inspected for asbestos-containing materials by accredited professionals. Leave cleanup to experts, and limit your exposure to the area. Inhaling airborne fibers may cause harmful respiratory problems.

Roof Repair
    When faced with severe storm damage, homeowners often look for a quick fix for roof repairs. Rather than running the risk of falling or injuring yourself, have your homeowners insurance claims adjuster verify damage and schedule repairs with an experienced company. In the long run, this will save you time, money and help you avoid injuries.

Electrical Repairs
    While it may be easy to change a light switch or install a ceiling fan (make sure your power is turned off before you start), replacing circuits and other large projects should be done by professionals. This will prevent injuries and potential fires while ensuring your home is up to code when you sell.

Gas Appliance Repairs
    Working with gas lines can be tricky, so leave gas appliance repairs to the professionals to protect against leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Knocking Down Walls
    If you’re looking for an open floor plan, think before tearing down walls yourself. Do you know which walls are load-bearing and where plumbing or electrical lines are located? Professionals will know how to best navigate the project from start to finish so you stay safe, and your home stays intact.

Pest Control
    Not all pest-control products should be handled by the average consumer. Keep your family safe by hiring a pest control company to properly handle toxic substances.

Before taking on your next big project, consider where bringing in the pros will save time and money in the long run, and keep your family safe and sound. If accidents do occur during the DIY renovation, be sure to loop in your insurance claims agent to help assess any damage.

–StatePoint newsservice