Being able to throw out your old stuff without batting an eye is a trait more people need to adopt. However, most people will hesitate to do such a thing and will store their things away in their basement or attic space. While these are common storage areas, there are a few things you should avoid storing here.
“Honey, where are the kids’ birth certificates?” If the answer to this question is “in a box in the basement/attic,” relocate them elsewhere immediately. Important documents such as birth certificates, the deed to your home, marriage licenses, etc. should be stored in a sealed safe or plastic container. Moisture, flooding, and high temperatures can exist in these areas and can make these documents illegible after years of storage.
With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of your wardrobe. For those with more clothes than they should own, it’s normal to pack up your tank tops and shorts in order to make room for sweaters and jeans. Avoid storing your clothing in the basement and attic because clothing can be damaged by extreme temperatures, moisture, mold, and pests. Although if you must, vacuum seal your clothing and use air tight plastic containers.
Basements and attics are common areas of the home where gas furnaces, hot water heaters, and dryers are located. Avoid placing flammable chemicals like paint, cleaning products, propane, etc. in these rooms if appliances are also located here. Heat from these fixtures can pose a serious fire risk if flammable chemicals come in contact with them.
Basements and attics accumulate more things than they should, but make sure you keep out a select few items. When you need your basement or attic professionally cleaned, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.