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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Thanks to advances in construction technology, basements are
becoming a wonderful place to store books, documents, furnishings,
family memorabilia, clothes, and practically any other item. In
fact, the cold, damp, dark basement is becoming one of the most
popular areas of the home. These spaces are not only ideal for safe
storage, but also for work shops, entertainment rooms, work out
areas, and much more.
Several things should be taken into consideration before you decide
to use your basement as a storage area. You must make sure that you
have control over any moisture related problems. Damp basements,
with high humidity, can make for a bad case of mold and mildew
growth. Not to mention musty odors and upholstered furniture. If you
know that your basement suffers from water related problems, you
must first tackle these issues before using this space for storage.
Before you write the basement off as a safe place to use for
storage, consider some of the simple ways to control moisture
related problems. Using a dehumidifier, opening windows, wrapping
pipes in insulation, sealing leaks in the foundation, and insulating
walls are a few ways in which you can limit or eliminate moisture
problems. In addition, you can eliminate external water damage by
cleaning out your rain gutters and by making sure that your
downspouts empty at least five feet away from your home's
Once you are sure that your basement's moisture problems are under
control, you can begin utilizing its space. Basements offer many
ways to create storage space. It is suggested that if you are going
to install shelving for storage, that you should use metal shelving.
Metal, as opposed to wood, is protected against moisture. Also,
plastic bins or tubs work better than cardboard boxes for the same
Helpful Tips for Basement Storage:
• Store all chemicals and valuable items on shelves or tables above
• Refrain from storing anything near the space around the furnace,
water heater, other major appliances, pipes, and drains.
• Label your boxes. Map out where you decide to store items for easy
• Check your basement regularly for signs of mold and mildew growth,
musty odors, powdery deposits, crumbling mortar and water stains.
• Consider using basement rafters for shelving.
• Install enough lights to illuminate your storage area.