It can be challenging to figure out where to safely store your off-season wardrobe, home decorations, and accessories. If your closets and cupboards are overflowing, there are certainly no rules against putting your items in your crawl space.
Crawl space storage can be a convenient solution for keeping belongings you need infrequently. However, there is one catch before you begin to gather all of that extra stuff.
Nothing should prevent you from using your crawl space except for mold, rodents, pests, and moisture. However, you can convert even the most intimidating crawlspace into a great storage space with careful planning and preparation.
Begin with an Assessment of Your Crawl Space
The first step in creating your crawl space storage would be to take clear stock of the space. One of the most commonly encountered issues can be moisture. Look for signs of mold on the joists, insulation, walls, and ductwork. Check for the presence of insects, which can attract rodents.
If you see mold, it is indicative of a level of moisture that can affect the drywall, insulation, and flooring. With the presence of moisture or mold, not only will your belongings be unsafe, but the structure of your home might be compromised eventually.
Consult with an experienced contractor specializing in crawl spaces to address the issues promptly.
How Can Moisture Be Controlled in Crawl Spaces?
When designing crawl space storage solutions, homeowners often face their first problem with moisture buildup. Most of the water and humidity generate from the soil floor. A skilled crawl space professional will line the floor with the most suitable vapor barriers ensuring that the entire floor is covered and no patch is exposed.
With the right strategy and proper treatment of the floor, walls, and other components, your crawl space will be safe and ready for all of your storage needs.
Insulation for Your Crawl Space Storage
Protect your crawl space against moisture with high-quality insulation. You can control the temperature inside the crawl space by using the most suitable insulating material. Another advantage is preventing freezing in the pipes running through the area during the cold Seattle winters.
There are many types of insulation solutions available. Schedule a consultation with a local insulation expert specializing in attic and crawl spaces to find the best possible choice.
Storage Options for Your Crawl Space
With moisture ameliorated and insulation done right, you can start planning your storage. Keeping your items in airtight containers can be a great option, and you might also want to consider shelving.
Careful layout organization is necessary to allow access to ductwork and plumbing if a contractor needs to do repair work on them. From your off-season clothes to linen to home decor and memorabilia, allocate distinct areas so you will be able to find items easily later.
Contact Attic Projects, Seattle’s Top Crawl Space Storage Specialists
Need help transforming your crawl space into a fully functional, safe storage space? Our highly-skilled experts can provide you with the most effective, practical, and affordable solutions.