For many avid gardeners, the greenhouse is a place to spend many happy hours, however, like the rest of your property, a greenhouse requires maintenance. If it is not properly taken care of, it could quickly turn into a hazardous environment. So, how can you take care of your greenhouse?
Firstly, it's important to consider the kinds of items you might store in a greenhouse such as pesticides, chemicals and garden tools, etc. All of which may be dangerous if children were to get their hands on them, so make sure the greenhouse has a lock on it, especially if there are small children in the home.
Although greenhouses are designed to retain heat and light, ventilation is still necessary. If the air in your greenhouse starts to become too humid and stagnant, it could easily create an environment for fungi to grow which would be a hazard. Good ventilation is also vital in keeping the greenhouse from becoming too hot which can kill the plants inside it.
Through the cold months, you may need to use an electric heater in your greenhouse. Make sure to use a heater specifically intended for greenhouses so that it does not become a fire risk. Any other electrical items that you use in there should also be suitable to use outside and come with waterproof covers. Keep them unplugged when you are not using them and store them safely.
Sometimes a greenhouse will form a leak. If this happens, fix it as soon as possible to avoid an excessive accumulation of moisture, fungi or other hazardous pathogens. It will also help in preventing insects.
Its always good to take time out every so often and perform an inspection of your greenhouse, so that it remains a safe place to work in.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector