8 Bad Home Improvement Habits

8 Bad Home Improvement Habits


Homeowners can overdo it when it comes to the upkeep of their home. ThisOld House recently spotlighted several ways that home owners’enthusiasm for home ownership may actually harm the house.

1.Having light bulbs that are too bright. Youwant a well-lit home, but exceeding a lamp or light fixture’srecommended wattage can be dangerous, particularly with incandescentsor halogen lights, says John Drengenberg, consumer safety directorfor Underwriters Laboratories. "Using a bulb with too-highwattage will cause the fixture and its wiring to overheat," henotes, which could then allow the heat to travel to the wall or erodethe insulation on the wires and lead to a house fire. Check thefixtures label to make sure you use the correct wattage.

2. Plantingtrees near driveways or walkways. Aline of trees to the house may up its curb appeal but adding youngtrees near driveways or walkways could be putting your slab at risk.As these trees grow taller, their roots will go outward, potentiallypushing up the paving and causing it to buckle or crack. This OldHouse recommends planting small trees that will remain under 20 feetat maturity and that are at least 10 feet from paved areas. Forlarger trees, leave at least a 20-foot radius.

3.Overscrubbing a sink. Don’toverdo it with abrasive cleaners; they can scratch the sink."Cleaners with a grit or grain to them will wear away at thefinish and dull it," Kohler'sMike Marbuch told This Old House. "That will make the sink moreprone to gunk sticking to it—actually making it look dirtier."Try a liquid cleanser like vinegar or lemon juice on the sink andavoid scrubbing it every day.

4.Overdoing it with can lights. Excessiverecessed lighting in a home can cause a lot of air leaks. Recessedlighting is known as causing heat-sucking air leaks, especially whenthe fixtures are unsealed in vaulted ceilings. Airtight recessedlighting fixtures are available that are rated for insulation contact(IC). Also, use as few recessed lights as you can, especially when itcomes to adding them to cathedral ceilings or in rooms directly belowunconditioned attics.

5.Spreading too much mulch outside. “Over-mulchingwill suffocate plants, confuse their root systems, and prevent waterfrom percolating into the soil,” notes the article at This OldHouse. “If you’ve mulched so much that tree trunks and flowers’and shrubs’ lower branches are covered by or dragging in it, you’vegone overboard.” Have mulch no thicker than 3 inches.

6.Using glass cleaner on mirrors. Watchout for store-bought sprays that promise to make your glass sparkle.“A drop of liquid running around the mirror’s edge can cause thereflective backing to lift or craze,” This Old House notes. Theblack edge can occur from using ammonia- or vinegar-based cleaners.This Old House recommends using warm water and a soft, lint-freecloth to clean mirrors. Or if you do use the sprays, spray it onto adry cloth first and not directly onto the glass.

7.Repainting too much. “Excessivepaint is detrimental – especially on an older house, which may havelayers of thicker oil-based paint, which becomes brittle with age,”notes This Old House. To avoid thick, cracked, or peeling paint, besure to carefully power-wash prior to painting, sand areas that needit, and then use 100 percent acrylic-resin exterior paint.

8.Fertilizing too much. Fertilizingtoo often can spur more weeds to grow. Also, the EnvironmentalProtection Agency warns over-fertilizing can cause “nutrientpollution,” which is when nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from lawnfertilizers and then leads to an overgrowth of algae that can evenpollute local waterways. Some lawn experts recommend only fertilizingtwice a year, late summer and fall only.

Sited by19Ways You’re Killing Your Home With Kindness,”This Old House (February 2016)

Blogsubmitted by: Cyndi Cobb of The Real Estate Market Place –Servicing the Greater Fort Hood and surrounding areas which includes:Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple, Belton, Copperas Cove, Lampasas,Kempner, and Nolanville. Feel free to call if you have any questionsregarding Central Texas Real Estate.

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