Since the typical garage has ample space, homeowners commonly use it as storage space for a variety of stuff that range from personal to household items. However, if you are not careful in selecting the items that you will put in your garage door storage space, the safety of your house and your family might be compromised. This article will endeavor to show you the items that should not be stored in your garage.
Since there is enough space in your garage, you might be tempted to use it to store your propane tanks. But you’re taking a big risk if you do this. During summer, the temperature inside the garage door storage may rise up 20 degrees higher than the outside temperature. At high temperatures and given the right conditions, the tank could ignite. There is also the possibility that the contents of the tank will leak, especially if its gate valve is defective or is not fully closed. Propane tanks are best stored outside of your house, in an open shed and on a flat floor.
Hazardous Chemicals And Materials
There is no place in your garage for hazardous materials and chemicals. Your garage is mostly closed during the day; especially when everybody is out of the house somewhere. Therefore, if hazardous materials and chemicals are stored in this enclosed space, anything could happen. Strong chemicals may leak and fill all the space in the garage, or the hazardous materials could be ignited by the hot temperature. You wouldn’t want to experience the results if any of these two things happen. Therefore, they are better stored in an area where there is adequate ventilation and far from any source of heat.
Combustible Materials Such As Paper, Cardboards, Clothes, Etc.
Don’t stockpile cardboards, newspapers and other combustible materials on your garage. Aside from being fire hazards, they can also attract rodents and other pests. Mice and rats can munch on them and use them as nests. If they establish a colony in your garage, you will be forced to hire an exterminator just to get rid of them. The same thing goes with linen, clothing and other textile goods. If you don’t want to throw your old clothes, then store them in sturdy plastic or metal containers where they couldn’t be reached by household pests. For old paper materials, give them right away to your local recyclable services so that storing them wouldn’t be a problem.
Perhaps you have left-over paint from your recent house renovation. Don’t store them in your garage since they are typically made of inorganic chemicals that have detrimental effects to your lungs if inhaled. And since you can’t really ensure the total sealing of their cans or containers, the possibility of leaking is very high. Additionally, the temperature fluctuations in your garage will have an adverse effect to the chemical components of the paint. They are better off stored in a shelf, in a place where the temperature remains the same most of the time.
All Kinds Of Food
The garage is not the place where you can store food. It doesn’t matter whether the food is for human consumption or for your pets. They will just attract rodents and all kinds of pests. In addition, the heat and humidity in the garage will cause food to deteriorate faster. If you bought some staples at a good price in the grocery, the better place to store them is in your pantry, or a cupboard or an unused but adequately sealed closet inside your house.
Perhaps you bought a new living room set but you don’t want to throw your old set since it is still functional. Maybe you are thinking of refurbishing it for another place in your house. If that’s the case, don’t store your old living room set in your garage. If it is made of wood, it will attract rodents and termites. The temperature changes inside the garage will also cause the wood to contract and expand and will affect the integrity of the furniture. If you have other plans for your old furniture, then give it to a service company that offers storage spaces where temperature conditions are controlled.
Old but still usable DVD players, computers, TVs and other electronic gadgets should not be stored in the garage. The temperature changes inside this space will affect the electronic components of these devices making them inoperable. They are better off given to those who might be able to put them to good use, instead of letting them lie there in your garage doing nothing.