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Unexpected Ways Do-It-Yourself Projects Cause More Harm Than Good

on Aug 18, 2015 9:44 AM

The “DIY” craze that has swept the nation doesn’t just apply to general maintenance. Many individuals also venture into uncharted waters by attempting to do upgrades, additions, and remodels in which they do not have adequate experience or knowledge about what they are undertaking.

Even with insurance protection, the additional damages caused by a botched do-it-yourself project can lead to lost sales and reflect poorly on your business. Having your business regularly inspected and serviced by a trusted professional as soon as you notice an issue can prevent problems like these from getting worse:

Unexpected Ways Do-It-Yourself Projects Cause More Harm than Good

Plumbing

A clogged drain, leaking pipe, or dripping faucet could signal something more than just the issues on the surface. If you’re not treating the true cause, things will only get worse over time. If you pull out the old wrench and start tightening or loosening random couplings and valves, you could wind up making things irreparable, even for a professional plumber.

The power of running water should never be underestimated. Once the water starts leaking, sprouting, flowing, or even surging, you’re on your way to a mess. When components of your building are exposed to moisture, mold can form, and standing water can lead to buckled floors, warped showcases and rotten subfloors. Eventually you may need more than just a plumber to get your business back to the way it was.

Electrical

The components of an entire circuitry system are no joke. If you could see inside your walls, you’d probably be shocked at how much is hidden! 

All it takes is one spark or exposed wire to create an electrical fire. Missing connections, incorrect wire matching, and improperly protected cables could all lead to enormous damage and possible loss of life. The National Electric Code (NEC) is in place so catastrophes like these can be avoided. If you’re in violation of any code, your business could face a fine and jeopardize your brand and reputation.

Heating/Cooling Equipment

Just like plumbing and electrical systems, heating and cooling systems require expert analysis, as high voltage and water pumps are often associated with their operations. If you try to fix any aspect of this equipment yourself, you could end up creating problems that didn’t exist before. Gas systems can be even more complicated. An increased risk of fire danger and serious health problems may result if dangerous fumes are present. 

How to Find a Contractor

  • Ask for references from family, friends, and jewelry industry connections – but don’t be committed to doing any personal favors based on a non-professional relationship

  • Conduct a background check on whom you hire and work with only licensed, insured, and bonded contractors

  • Do an online search, browse reviews, but ultimately use the Better Business Bureau as an impartial gold-standard

  • Be cautious in dealing with a contractor who goes door to door after a disaster

  • Exceptional contractors aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, so you need to be proactive and start your search immediately. Services are usually provided on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Obtain written estimates to repair the damage. Consider more than one estimate

  • All estimates should have a detailed description of the work and, preferably, the cost to complete each task

  • Take your time and verify that the contractor listens to your concerns about what is damaged

  • Even with their credentials, don’t tempt your contractor or members of his or her team by providing access to showcases, safes, and vaults

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