5 Habits Every Homeowner Should Break in 2017

January 10, 2017 - 5:22pm

1. Neglecting Your Gutters 

Cleaning gutters before the spring rains is critical to the health of the interior and exterior of your home. Removing leaves, bird’s nests and branches annually will allow the water to move through the gutter and keep the water from pouring onto the foundation, leaking into your home or ruining your landscape.

 It is also a good idea to make sure that snow and ice have not pulled them away from the home's fascia. Cleaning your gutters every Spring and Fall can end up saving you thousands of dollars in repairs due to foundation issues, mold in your home or flooding. A clogged gutter also makes a comfortable home for pesky rodents and insects you probably don’t want to share your home with.

2. Wearing Shoes Inside 

High heeled shoes can ding and dent a wood floor, so always remove yours when you come into your home. Did you know that a high heel can exert 15 times more pressure than an elephant's foot? Wet shoes also have the potential to warp your floors, so slippers and socks are best for your hardwood floors.

Shoes also stain carpets, transport dust and disease into your home. One study conducted by the University of Arizona found an average of 421,000 different bacteria on shoes, including coliform and e.coli. Most of these were picked up by walking through animal feces or from public restroom floors. Still not sure if leaving the shoes at the door will help?  This study also discovered that the transfer of bacteria from the shoes to uncontaminated tiles ranged from 90-99%.

3. Extension Cord Overuse

If there is one thing you remember about extension cord use, it should be this: Extension cords are temporary - not permanent solutions. If you find yourself using extension cords on a permanent basis then it is time to contact an electrician. There are a few other things to keep in mind when using extension cords. Avoid plugging multiple appliances into one cord.  Do not run cords around furniture or under rugs as this may increase your risk of fire. Use the right cord for the right job. Using cords that are not rated to handle the wattage of your device or using an indoor cord outdoors can cause some serious problems. Stop using any extension cord that feels hot to the touch. 

4. Not Properly Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Did you know that if you vacuum or sweep your hardwood floors at least once a week, you will be less likely to have a scratched floor? Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar or a hard head, though. A brush or felt head is preferable to keep your floor in good condition. Bona also has a mop and cleaner available for hardwood floors that help minimize dust and clean those surfaces that need attention. Never use wax, oil-based detergents or other household cleaning agents on your floor. Thinking of using your new steam cleaner on your beautiful floors? Don’t. Moisture is bad for wood floors. You may not see the damage right away but you could ruin your floors and any warranty you may have on them as well.

5. Slamming the Front Door 

Repeatedly slamming the front door pushes the door jamb out of alignment. Over time, the spacing around the door and frame may become large enough to allow insects and debris to pass through as well as make it more difficult for the door to open, close, or lock. If you have a family member who can’t seem to shake the slamming habit, replace the door hinges with a self-closing version or consider a commercial door closer.

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