Although you have the best intentions when you are trying to do something for yourself or clean your home, you may actually be doing more harm than good. This isn't on purpose, of course, but it happens. Here are three ways that you, as a homeowner, may be causing unnecessary damage to your home without even realizing it:

1. Using a Power Washer on the Exterior.

It isn't uncommon to use a power washer to quickly and efficiently tidy up the exterior of your home. However, as much as you may be making it look cleaner, you are inflicting damage as well. The water comes out of a power washer at an extremely high force, which can result in siding displacement, paint peeling, surface scratches and dislocated shingles.

You will want to switch tips so that you are using one that uses a wider fan pattern so that the force is evenly spread out. You also need to avoid using the highest setting to ensure there is no unnecessary damage from the power force of the water. Don't point the wand upward, as this could cause the pressure to get underneath the siding and cause it to rip off, and don't get too close.

2. Installing a Satellite Dish in the Wrong Place.

Not everyone has or wants cable television, so they opt for satellite. This requires that a dish be placed on top of the home or beside the home so that you can get a signal and enjoy your favorite soap opera, news program, etc. However, some roofing manufacturers don't allow satellite dishes to be anchored to the roof, which is the most common area for placement.

In fact, if you have one installed anyway, you may lose all or part of your warranty. This can spell trouble when the area around the satellite dish begins to leak. You may be better off having a pole installed several feet away from the home, where the satellite can get a good view of the sky, and having it installed there so you don't have to worry.

3. Failing to Clean Your Gutters as Often as Necessary.

Gutter cleaning should be done at least twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall. If you do it this often, you won't have to worry about spending hours trying to get the job done or your home getting unintentionally damaged. Gutters that do not flow well due to built-up debris can cause an overflow of water (like a waterfall), which can damage your home's exterior siding and paint.

In some cases, if there is too much debris built up, there will be a problem with weight. This could result in the entire gutter system could fail or the weighted down section could fall or break off. In addition, if water builds up because it is blocked, it could freeze during the winter and push up on the roof causing damage to the shingles as well as the structure underneath. This could result in interior leaks as well as the formation of ice dams.

If the damage has already been done, that's okay. You know what you've been doing wrong and you can stop. However, the damage needs to be repaired sooner rather than later to avoid further issues and more costly repairs. Contact a roofing company like Empire Roofing for a quote.