Are you using your garage to store gardening tools, DIY equipment, unused furniture and who knows what else? It’s tempting to use the garage as extra storage space but there are certain things that really shouldn’t be kept behind closed garage doors. Whether integral, attached or freestanding, most garages are usually not well insulated or heated, meaning temperatures and moisture levels will fluctuate more than in your house. This is what can cause huge damage to your possessions.
Take a look at these 7 items and if you do routinely keep them in the garage, do yourself a favour and find a more suitable alternative storage space.
1 – Wooden furniture
A cold, damp garage is not the ideal storage place for furniture, particularly if they are valuable pieces. Wood is a living material that will respond to changes in humidity. The wood fibres will expand and contract depending on the moisture levels in the air, eventually leading to cracks in the wood and ultimately deterioration. Proper wood storage needs a consistent temperature and protection from the elements.
2 – Books, magazines and papers
In the same way that wooden furniture can be damaged by humidity, paper fibres will also respond to moisture – only more quickly. Books, magazines and newspapers, photo albums and any other paper products kept in the garage will soon react to humid surroundings, developing curled pages and warped spines. Better to store items made from paper in a temperature controlled environment.
3 – Paint
You may think no harm can come to a tin of paint kept in the garage, but you’d be wrong. Paint should be stored in a cool, dry environment. If your garage is subject to high temperature fluctuations, being hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter, the lifecycle of your paint will be reduced. Make sure your garage is insulated before you keep paint tins on the shelf – and don’t ever put them on the floor as the tins will rust more easily.
4 – Foodstuffs
From fresh fruit and veg to sacks of grain or nuts, food should never be kept in the garage unless you actively want to attract mice, rats and other pests. Rodents are unbelievably resourceful and able to bite even through hard plastic. Neither should you be fooled into thinking that no harm can come to tinned food in the garage. The fluctuations in temperature can lead to flavour loss in tinned food.
5 – Fridge/Freezer
Did you know that a fridge or freezer kept in a very cold (winter) or hot (summer) garage will use a lot more energy to keep operating at the right temperature? And more energy means higher electricity bills to you. Unless you can easily control the temperature in your garage, this is not an energy efficient way to use a refrigeration appliance.
6 – Electronic equipment
From old TVs or DVD players to computers or games consoles, these electronic devices will deteriorate very quickly if they’re kept in a damp garage. Electronic components are particularly susceptible to changes in temperature. They’re sensitive to condensation – and if moisture gets in to the circuits, your equipment can be damaged beyond repair.
7 – BBQ gas bottles
If you have a gas barbecue and are storing propane gas canisters for it in the garage, it is highly recommended that you move them straight away. Gas bottles should always be kept in a well ventilated area – outside if at all possible. Keeping them inside is a major safety risk since it is possible for the fumes to ignite, for example when you start your car.
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