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Items You Can't Store in the Garage

May 20, 2022
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Gone are the days when garages serve only as a storage space. Nowadays, it can also become a workshop of sorts, an intimate events venue, a fitness center, a roller skating rink, and a lot more. Still, the garage is of course used to park the car and as a storage space for outdoor supplies and seasonally used items. Since its primary function is for storage, you might think you can store anything inside of it. That’s far from reality. There are items that you could not store in the garage because they are hazardous or dangerous, they are attractive to pests, and they might break if stored in the garage. If you want to preserve these items in your possession as well as ensure the safety of your house, take note of our list below on what you should not store inside your garage, in any case.
Dangerous Materials
You don’t want to keep materials that are flammable in the garage. It’s a no-no for instance to store a propane tank inside the garage because it can leak anytime, ignite, and start a fire that you might not be able to put off until it has already destroyed your whole house. You have to store these flammables in an area that is well-ventilated. But then, you might be asking if gasoline is okay to be stored in the garage given that you’ve seen so many homeowners do so. Well, yes you may! But you have to put it inside a container that’s appropriate and far away from something that might ignite. Children and pets must also be kept away from gasoline at all costs. If there are other hazardous materials under your care, dispose of them already in a proper way. If you won’t be using them or needing them in the future, it’s better that you just discard them properly and immediately.
Items Attractive to Pests
Since we’ve established that you’re using your garage as a storage area, you must not put items there that will attract insects, parasites, pests, vermin, and whatnot. Take note that these pests have their way to enter your garage even if you think you’ve already closed every entry pathway so it’s better that you make sure they won't stay by not putting anything in your garage that will attract pests. What are these? Do not store papers, books, clothing, bedding sheets, and firewood in your garage. Do not also put any food inside the vacant space even if it’s for your dog or birds. Food is easily detectable by pests and again, you don’t want to be invading your garage, or else all of your items stored there might get destroyed.
Items that Are Fragile
The garage is exposed to differences in temperature outside. Even if you’ve already insulated the space, the garage will still be affected by the changing seasons in the outdoors so follow this rule of thumb. If you won’t store it in your car trunk, do not leave it in your garage as well. Items are much more flexible with extreme temperatures and excess humidity—they can crack or warp, changing the actual product it was when you stored it in the garage months ago. Do not put a refrigerator or freezer as well in the garage because it needs huge amounts of energy to maintain the functionality of these appliances in extremely hot weather. You also don’t want the garage to be a storage space for things that you value a lot. The garage is often where a burglar enters and first explores so to preserve your valuable items, keep them out of your garage. And then, of course, make sure that the items you keep are well-organized. It’s much more pleasing to the eyes and also convenient and accessible if your items are organized and neat.
WR Series Classic 2-Pack Wall Shelving
What you will store in the garage is usually big and heavy so you need to get a wall shelf that can accommodate a big weight capacity, those that are specifically designed for heavy-duty storage equipment. This product has a weight capacity of 200 to 400 pounds in total. It is of high-grade powder-coated steel that guarantees stability and security of anything you store inside of it. When this arrives at the house, all hardware would be included in the package including a manual to guide you in installing this storage option. The design is the signature of FlexiMounts: a buckle design that comes with velcros to avoid anything from falling. It has undergone strict quality tests so you can be assured that it’s made of top durable material. Buy this if you have wood studs and a concrete wall. FlexiMounts also provide this with thicker screws, compared to other furniture stores that only use thinner screws. When checking out, don’t forget to use the code, 7DD15, for the discount to apply to your order.
GR SERIES CLASSIC OVERHEAD GARAGE STORAGE RACK
This product, ceiling-type or overhead, offers vertical support and longer ceiling brackets. It will prevent the shelf from falling from the ceiling because it is secured to the wall. Its weight capacity is 400 to 600 pounds and the height can be adjusted from 22 to 40 inches. It is made of cold-roll steel that is guaranteed to be of their belongings damaged from water. It could store seasonal items such as athletic gear they will only use for winter or for summer. This comes with an integrated grid design, a standout design from those available in the market. This comes in black and white and has different storage spaces: 4’ x 8’, 4’ x 6’, 3’ x 8’, 3’ x 6’, and 2’ x 8’.
Final Word
Even if you still have a lot of space in your garage, it’s better to be safe than sorry that you threw out everything in the garage. What you should do is sell what you don’t need, maximize the use of the house, and start decorating. Make sure you note what you can’t store in the garage to avoid potential hazards.