As junk removal experts, we know a thing or two about a homeowner’s storage needs. Having room in your attic or basement certain does come in handy! While it may be tempting to stash boxes in out-of-the-way places, like that attic or basement, it’s wise to be careful about what you place in these not climate- or pest-controlled spaces.
Here are a few things you should try to avoid leaving in your attic or basement:
Delicate Fabrics, such as linens, wool, cotton, fur, and leather,can fall victim to rodent and insect nesting, temperature fluctuations, and water damage. If you’re temporarily stowing seasonal clothes, be sure to take the necessary precautions to avoid damage.
Items made from natural materials, such as wood and upholstered furniture, don’t belong in any attic, basement or garage. Wood mildews, and area rugs, mattresses and pillows are susceptible to moisture damage and won’t hold up for very long in these environments.
Important papers should be kept close by, and not stored in places where, if damage were to occur, you wouldn’t notice for a long time. Keep documents like birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses, and other records in a safe box in your closet to prevent losing them to water damage or fire.
Anything flammable, including paints, turpentine, cleaning products, gasoline, propane, kerosene, or other hazardous chemicals should never be stored near any heat sources commonly found in basements, or in attics that tend to get very warm. In addition to the fire hazard, fumes from the chemicals can build up and cause health safety issues.
Before you resort to storing things in your attic, basement, or even your garage, take a moment to consider the things you don’t need and clear out some space!