DIY toolsDIY (Do It Yourself) projects around the house have become a very popular thing with a lot of people. With easy access to tons of information on such projects, it’s easy to have fun and feel accomplished. Unfortunately, there are a few things that people should avoid do on their own and should leave that work to the professionals.

For the safety of you, your home, and your wallet, don’t try doing these three things on your own:


Outside of replacing a lightbulb or figuring out your home’s breakers, any electrical work is something you should leave to an electrician. Electricity can be a very dangerous thing when not properly handled. Your home wiring and electrical panels will, at times, require maintenance or repair. If you’re not absolutely sure what you’re getting into, don’t try fixing them yourself. You are better off calling a professional for this job.


Plumbing work is very high-risk; one wrong move and you could cause serious damage to your home. Of course you can unplug a drain, but If you want to save money and a headache, call a plumber for any work that would require turning off the water or disconnecting any pipes.

Carpet Cleaning

It’s recommended that you clean your carpets about 2-3 times per year. The problem is, if you don’t do it correctly, cleaning them can just lead to more dirt buildup. That’s why it’s generally not something you should do on your own.

Those who clean their carpets by themselves usually end up renting a steam cleaning machine. This method, however, is hardly effective at cleaning the carpets. You might have noticed this before – it feels like all you did was soak your carpets. Sometimes it just makes your home smell worse.  Here are a few reasons why calling a professional carpet cleaner is the better choice.

Steam cleaners use lots of water and soap to clean the carpet. The problem is that your carpet gets left with just that – lots of water and soapy residue. All this extra water usually sits for 1-2 days before it dries, which can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Plus, the extra soap that doesn’t get completely rinsed out just acts to attract and hold more dirt. Then, removing a stain is that much harder.

But don’t a lot of professionals use steam cleaning too? Yes they do – and the results are generally the same. So don’t just look to anyone to handle the carpet cleaning, look to Chem-Dry of Lafayette. Our unique carpet cleaning method is something you’ll find no place else. We use the natural Power of Carbonation in our Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) method, which guarantees that:

  • Your carpets will dry faster. Chem-Dry uses 80% less water than steam cleaning. Your carpet will dry in a few hours, rather than  1-2 days.
  • Your carpets will be cleaner. Chem-Dry’s process uses the power of millions of carbonated bubbles to dig deep into your carpet and naturally raise stains to the surface where they can be eliminated. Our solution is natural and detergent-free, which means no more dirt-attracting soapy residues left behind.
  • Your home will be healthier. Our green-certified solution, The Natural, is non-toxic and safe for your home and the environment. Chem-Dry’s process also removes 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria. Read more in our Home Health Study!

So don’t be afraid to keep trying fun DIY projects and crafts! But don’t try doing electrical work, plumbing, or carpet cleaning on your own. Those jobs are for the experts.

Chem-Dry of Lafayette is here to help you with all of your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs. Try out our Hot Carbonation Extraction method and see the difference! Schedule an appointment today! You won’t regret it.