Valley Insulation LLC Advice: Protecting Possessions from Moisture
At Valley Insulation, LLC, we understand just how important it is to have reliable and durable home insulation. In proving home and commercial insulation since 1977, we’ve discovered a number of helpful tips and tricks to help guard property against wear and tear beyond installing insulation.
To offer you a little extra help, we’re going to look at some methods of protecting your possessions from leaks, moisture, and the general nuisances caused by persistent precipitation this time of year. If you’re having a hard time keeping your basement or attic-stored items dry, then this Valley Insulation, LLC blog is for you!
Think About What You’re Storing and Where
First, give some thought to where you’re planning to store which items. Too many people will simply toss their stuff haphazardly in their basement, attic or garage. If you have an unfinished basement or a poorly insulated attic or garage, then you’re risking certain items becoming moldy or rotten over time.
You should consider both the condition of the storage space in your home and the durability of the items you’re looking to store before leaving them boxed or bagged up for a long period.
Using Durable Containers
If you do have an unfinished basement or attic that you’re storing your belongings in, you should consider investing in some better materials to store them. Bagging up old clothes in trash bags or plastic shopping bags is asking for them to deteriorate rapidly, and cardboard boxes won’t stand the test of time in a damp basement.
Plastic containers with properly sealed lids are a great, cost-effective option for storage. Even with stronger storage boxes, you should also take the time to wrap your belongings with durable materials like bubble wrap to add an extra layer of protection.
In addition to sealing up your items, the Valley Insulation, LLC team also suggests you label boxes and other containers with what’s actually in them. Even if you’re only storing a small number of things in your basement, it’s easy to forget what went where, and to end up wasting your time stacking and unpacking heavy boxes. Properly organizing your stored items is also an effective way to determine where you should store them to keep them in their best condition.
Moisture Control Methods
Along with high quality insulation from Valley Insulation, LLC, there are a few DIY things you can do to reduce the amount of moisture or mold in your basement or attic.
- Getting an extension on your gutters so that they drain farther from the foundation of your house is a great way to prevent water getting into the basement
- Using simple foam insulation to wrap around pipes can cut out condensation
- Sealing vents that are leaking air with duct tape can reduce humidity—just remember you’ll have to replace it eventually
- Sealing gaps that allow warm air up into the attic will also help to reduce humidity and moisture accumulation. This includes things like entries for pipes or wiring.
These are just a few basic fixes, but can make a significant difference when combined with effective home insulation.
Contact Valley Insulation, LLC Today
While these tips will certainly help you keep out some of that rainwater, you may still find that sometimes, the rainwater wins. Luckily, Valley Insulation, LLC offers insulation removal in case your insulation has taken on too much water and is showing signs of mold. Once it’s removed, we can install a backed insulation that will put a layer of waterproofing between your insulation and the outer wall of your home, giving you better protection against all weather, year-round. Contact our insulation company today to speak to our friendly customer service team.