As the cooler months approach, it is time to decide if your unfinished home improvement project can be completed “do-it-yourself” (DIY) or if you should hire a professional service provider. The occasional weekend project around the house can be great for stress relief or saving money. Even our variety of professionals list several things you can do yourself in our Jonny Pro Series. However, projects like DIY pest control or plumbing, are safer left to someone with extensive training and experience. With fall around the corner, it may be time to hire a professional to finish your DIY projects before they get postponed to 2020.
DIY vs PRO: Pest Control
DIY Pest control can be straightforward for normal maintenance. Simple actions like making the effort to regularly clean your dishes before going to bed can keep the pests away. Most pests are sugar or protein feeders, both of which are readily available on dirty dishes. Additionally, your pets’ food consists primarily of protein. So, it’s important not to leave it out overnight because those protein-loving pests will feast on your animal’s unfinished food. Remember to consistently check items that you bring into your home. Pest control creates a barrier around your house, but pests often enter a treated home through an outside source such as cardboard packages or potted plants. There are various types of store bought pest sprays. Once you’ve isolated the correct spray for your pest issue, follow the instructions thoroughly to avoid chemical hazards.
When the store bought spray or organic solution doesn’t work you need to bring in a PRO. The pests you actually see are probably a small fraction of the population living within your walls and tiny crevices. In cases of mass infestations, it is best to connect with a professional exterminator. PROs have access to an abundance of products that allow them to treat complex problems safely, often times without having to come inside your home.
DIY vs PRO: Plumbing
DIY plumbing can be confusing. Our PRO’s suggest a few things you can do yourself. Definitely put ice cubes down your garbage disposal to clean it and rid your sink of any unwanted smells. You can easily, avoid putting copious amounts of food down your garbage disposal to avert unnecessary clogs. In the wise words of one of our Jonny PROs, “garbage disposals aren’t trash cans.” Another suggestion is to flush your hot water heater ridding it of sediment build up. This is perfect to do now as you prepare for the Fall. While it is a DIY project to flush your hot water heater, it’s pertinent to be aware that for larger issues you’ll need to hire a vetted professional.
Liquid drain clog removers are popular for clogged drains. According to the PROs, you can save your money and time by solving the problem of what’s causing your sink to drain slowly. Liquid drain clog removers aren’t able to discern between your pipes or hair. Overtime this can lead expensive pipe replacement projects. Save your money and stop buying liquid drain clog removers.
When to DIY vs PRO
It can be a rush to complete your DIY projects before the winter season hits. Our PROs recommend a few things to tackle yourself to save money. However, if you need assistance, our vetted, licensed, and insured plumbers can take care of your faulty water heater, low water pressure, or sewer system backup. If you decide it would be better to have a professional exterminator clean up the unwanted pests in your home use Jonny On It, the home service provider app. To save you time and effort our PROs are here to help when those DIY projects go awry.