When It’s Time To Throw In The Towel (And Call A Professional Plumber)

I think we’ve all done it. We’ve all gotten part-way through a home improvement project that has NOT gone as we wanted it to go and said…well, NOW who do I call? Maybe a plumber? It’s definitely happened to us…more times than I would like to admit! Ha!

Did you know that one in three homeowners regret their DIY home-improvement tasks, according to a report by Zillow? A type of home repair you might be tempted to do yourself is plumbing, especially if the problem appears to be easy to fix, such as a faulty pipe. However, how do you know that you’ll be able to do it without causing greater problems?

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A common mistake people make is thinking that their home problems are easy to fix, and if they encounter problems their insurance will cover the damage. Take it from my husband, who makes a living working in homeowner’s insurance, this is not necessarily true! If something goes wrong, you might be denied your homeowner insurance claim, such as if you cause water damage to your home because of your mistakes. So, with that in mind, it’s important to know where to draw the line between DIY and calling in the plumbing pros. 


Plumbing repairs you can do yourself 

Not every plumbing job is off-limits to you as a homeowner. It can be empowering to be able to fix faulty plumbing, and there are many examples of routine plumbing maintenance and small repairs you can do with ease.

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Can You Remove Black Mold Yourself? – A Guest Post!

Last year, we thought we had a BIG problem. We started noticing a lot of discoloration in the grout of our Master Bathroom’s large step-down shower. I’m a worst-case scenario kinda girl, and it took no time at all for me to have visions of all the nasty things that could be growing behind that tile! Before I knew it, I was certain the entire house would be condemned!

Thankfully, all we ended up having to do was have our shower re-grouted, and there was nothing monster-ish found. WHEW! But we learned a lot in the process!

So when Naveed Latif contacted me with a post about black mold, I thought it was quite important – we all need to know what to look out for in order to best protect our family, right? Here’s what she had to say, from a basement perspective! (But really, this goes for any damp area in your home!)


When your basement gets damp, conditions are ideal for the growth of dangerous black mold.  You may be tempted to try to remove the mold yourself, but is that really a good idea?  Black mold is very toxic, and its presence can pose serious health and safety risks to your home and your family.  Left alone, it can cause major problems very quickly.  The question here isn’t “CAN you remove the mold yourself”, it’s “SHOULD you remove the mold yourself”.  Yes, you can remove black mold yourself.  Should you? That depends on whether you are willing to take the necessary safety precautions to do it safely.

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