Is It Safe To Store Items In The Attic?

Is It Safe To Store Items In The Attic?

Did you ran out of space to store new furniture, boxes or other belongings? Are you wondering what items can be safely stored in the attic? This is a common problem that homeowners face at some point or another.
Storing items in your attic is far more preferable than storing them in the basement where they may get wet. However, things you really care about should probably never go in the attic. Objects made of wood – that will rot from moisture, leather, natural components like hair and fabric. Photos and papers-they will all eventually deteriorate.

Be aware – Attic Moisture Can Ruin Items.
The biggest problem associated with attic storage is the potential for moisture damage. Even if there’s no visible water leaks or standing pools of water, high humidity levels in the attic can ruin your belongings. Moisture vapor will settle into fabric, promoting the growth of mold and mildew. Whether it’s clothes or furniture, mildew such as this will destroy your items, forcing you to toss them out.

How clean is your attic? If no one but your air conditioning service tech has been in your attic for quite some time, chances are your attic is the filthiest spot in the house. The attic should be cleaned thorough, from ceiling to floors. Scrub away all dust, dirt, grime, mildew and mold. The cleaner your attic is, the safer it will keep the possessions you store up there.

What to Store in the Attic? Deciding what you will keep in the space will help you choose appropriate storage bins and boxes. Select heavy-duty bins that will prevent irreversible damage to your cherished possessions. Holiday decorations, Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decor, Fourth of July party supplies, etc. Kitchen supplies; Ceramics, plate and dish sets, etc. Project bins, Travel items.

Just before you store in the attic – Check For Pest. Moisture isn’t the only danger to items stored in the attic. If rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels or other pests are inhabiting your attic, they may damage your belongings. Attic pests such as these frequently urinate and defecate on items stored in the attic – and in some cases they will chew them up to create bedding.

Before storing any items in your attic, inspect the area for signs of a pest infestation. Most types of infestations are easily to identify, as the pest will leave behind a trail of feces (note: mice feces is about the size of a grain of rice).

Contact Atticare for more information on attic cleanup and on how to remove pests from your attic!

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