In today's world we have more information and knowledge available to us than any generation before us. This is quite an amazing thing when we stop for a second to think that the answer to just about any question is a click of a mouse or a scroll of your finger away. We have YouTube, Facebook, The DIY channel and a million other sources of information. Just the other day I watched a YouTube video that gave me the confidence to complete some maintenance on my boat that saved me a trip to the mechanic and about $250. However, a few weeks ago I watched another video because I wanted to do some suspension work on my truck. After watching I knew I was under-qualified and ill-equipped to try to pull it off. Hey, you win some and you lose some, but in this case I had the information to know what the likely result would be. This is known as "conscious incompetence". I understood what was required to do the task and I knew I wasn't equipped to do it. In contrary, is something known as "unconscious incompetence". This is when someone does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize this. They don't know what they don't know. This example can be seen everyday, everywhere you look. We especially see this in the home improvement industry. Often times homeowners and yes, even "professional" contractors take on projects believing they know how to properly complete them when unfortunately the do not.
Example. A few years ago in Northern Pa the local weatherization authority sealed up a family home with caulk, foam and who knows what in order to achieve "energy savings". This service was provided at no cost to the homeowner. You know... "FREE"
The contractor that was hired by the agency did not fully understand the condition of the home. The didn't understand the effects of not addressing the extreme moisture problem in the basement. They were only trained to do one job. They were not trained to identify potential problems.
Prior to sealing the home, the moisture was able to escape through the many air leaks. After they sealed the air leaks, the moisture was trapped in the home. It was just a few weeks until the first signs of mold appeared and only a few months until the family could no longer live in the home. It's for this reason Dr. Energy Saver will perform a full home energy assessment prior to sealing a home. A few extra steps will ensure the preferred result and the health of the family and the home.
Keep in mind these three things:
Doing it wrong can be worse than not doing it at all.
Knowing when to call a professional can make all the difference.
When it comes to your health and your home. Free is probably not good. Cheap can be even worse.