Once the holiday season has passed, it’ll be time to put away the decorations for yet another year. Many people store ornaments, gift wrap, outdoor decorations and more in their basements. Unfortunately, the basement of your home can be damp. And that can cause issues when it comes to your stored items. If they aren’t put away properly, your goods may grow mold and mildew, and get a musty odor that won’t go away. So what can you do if you want to store items away in your basement? Home remodeling guru Bob Vila offers some advice.
How wet is your basement?
If your basement is prone to dampness, it isn’t a great place for storing your treasured holiday keepsakes – or much else. Dampness encourages mold and mildew growth, which can damage your belongings. If you have a basement dampness problem, you may need to call in a professional. At Basement Waterproofing, Inc., we can help remedy basement moisture concerns so your basement is dry all year long. There are lots of different reasons your basement might have a wetness problem. We’ll get to the root cause and provide the foundation repair you may need for your home, so you can use that space without worry.
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What type of shelving is best?
Installing shelves in your basement is a good idea, because it will give you better access to stored items. Because basements by their nature are darker and damper than most other areas in the home, wood shelving is not a great choice. Choose sturdy plastic or galvanized metal shelves for best results. Make sure shelving is spaced with ample room to allow the air to circulate. Allow space with your shelving to keep stored items off the basement floor, too.
What type of storage is ideal?
Choose storage boxes that can withstand dampness, insects and rodents. Cardboard boxes are the least ideal choice, whereas sturdy plastic boxes are the best. Wooden or wicker storage containers can get moldy, and are not as safe from bugs and mice as other storage choices. When in doubt – plastic bins with locking lids provide the best protection for your stored items. It’s also a good idea to label your storage bins so you can easily know what content is inside. And, check your stored items periodically to make sure no mold or mildew is present, and no pests have made their way inside.
Call Basement Waterproofing, Inc. at the first sign of dampness.
Don’t hesitate to call in the professionals if you’re noticing that your basement is too damp. Condensation on walls, floors, or storage units shouldn’t be ignored. Any leaks from walls or floors need immediate attention in order to avoid a catastrophe later. We help people with their foundation repair needs throughout the Syracuse, NY area and beyond. At BWI, we offer a number of solutions, from exterior bentonite injection to top-quality dehumidification systems. We’re ready to help you make your basement a comfortable – and usable – part of your home.