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When it comes to the care and maintenance of your home, you have to be careful. Even though you may view it as basically indestructible, there are certain things you can do — or fail to do — that can wreak havoc on your house. The worst part? You likely won’t become aware of the damage until it’s too late.
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To help you avoid ruining your home, here are 13 costly mistakes experts say you should aware of — and try your best not to make.
Pouring Grease Down the Drain
“Many people pour grease down the kitchen sink drain when they finish cooking,” said Jake Romano, owner of John the Plumber. “The amount of drain pipes that must be cut out and replaced is very surprising. Grease hardens in drains, and eventually, your drain pipe can be fully and completely blocked by rock-hard grease. When this happens, we’re limited in what we can do. Re-piping happens all the time when it could be avoided.”
Digging up Large Sections of Lawn
“Most commonly, I have seen people start digging up their lawns with the plan of planting a giant garden,” said Kyle Tobin, owner of LawnSavers. “Halfway through, they realize how difficult it is to dig up the soil, plant things and have them grow in a healthy way. We also see a lot of flowerbeds being dug that end up being piles of dirt (until we come in to fix them). People get started and dig around their homes and/or deck, then life gets busy or they can’t figure out the next steps.”
Tobin added, “Landscaping and gardening projects should not be underestimated, and I urge you to do your research before you dig up a giant section of your lawn. Once you do this, it can’t be undone and you could be looking at a section of your lawn that is dirt and is unusable. Grass takes a while to regrow so, if you make this decision, you better be positive that you can do it (and do it well).”
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Taking Painting Shortcuts
“The familiar saying, ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,’ can often hit homeowners when they try to take painting shortcuts,” said Luke Reynolds, founder and CEO of All In Painting. “Paint and primer in one products sound appealing — cutting down paint time by combining primer with the first coat of paint. But …….