You may be damaging your home without even knowing it. The problem is tha, while we are aware of the obvious things that can cause a catastrophe, there are dozens of minor things we are guilty of doing that can also be destructive. Like pouring grease down the drain. To avoid damaging your home don’t do these 10 things, according to Best Life.
1. Pouring grease down your drain. Once oils, fats and grease cool down, they can solidify and, if you have poured them down the drain, can form blockages in your pipes, said Chris Diesso, owner of Rescue Cesspool & Drain. This can negatively impact the environment and create issues with your septic tank.
2. Using chemical cleaners on painted cabinets. Ammonia and bleach-based cleaners can wear down the finish of painted cabinetry, causing it to look dull, said Chloe Brittain, an associate at kitchen refinishing company Not Just Paint. You may want to avoid wax-based products as well as they can also leave surfaces looking dull.
3. Using bleach on hardwood floors. Chances are, if you are trying to use bleach to remove a stain, you could make things worse. Bleach can "leave an even bigger stain or damage your wood," said Abe Navas, general manager of Emily's Maids in Dallas.
4. Having cables drilled in through your home's exterior. Unless you want to cause damage to your home, rather leave this job to the professionals. "Improperly sealed wall penetration will slowly and invisibly rot wood and potentially attract damp wood termites," explained architect Colin Haentjens.
5. Putting mulch up against the side of your house. You may not give it a second thought when laying mulch down in your yard, but if it is against your house, it can cause more harm than good. "Mulch retains moisture, causing rot and allowing termites easy access to the home," said Mike Morgan, owner of Morgan Inspection Services.
6. Not cleaning your gutters frequently. It is easy to put this tedious job off but the longer you delay cleaning out your gutters, the more damage you are likely to cause. That is because debris builds up and blocks the gutter's water flow, which can cause water damage inside your home, explained Mark Scott, president of Mark IV Builders, Inc.
7. Not using an exhaust fan in the bathroom. If you are not running the exhaust fan in your bathroom then the steam from a bath or shower can eventually lead to the formation of mold. Shawn Breyer, owner of Atlanta House Buyers explained that moist air combined with complete darkness is what will cause mold to start forming.
8. Sweeping instead of vacuuming. You could end up shortening the lifespan of your hardwood floors if you sweep them instead of vacuuming to clean up the dirt. Small granules and abrasives like sand can scratch and damage the floors, said flooring expert Paul Carter, executive vice president and chief purchasing officer at Empire Today.
9. Power washing your roof. Power washing your shingle roof causes the granules to wear away, leaving the roof exposed to the elements. This will weaken your roof, said James Otis, owner of Hometown Roofing ATX.
10. Using adaptors on two-prong outlets. It may be convenient to use an adaptor on an older two-prong outlet but every time you do this, you could cause serious harm by sparking an electrical fire or power surge. "The ground wire is there for safety and simply bypassing it creates a potentially serious hazard," said Mark Dawson, COO of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Mister Sparky, and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.
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