What You Shouldn’t Keep In Your Attic

What You Shouldn’t Keep In Your Attic

What You Shouldn’t Keep In Your Attic: Anything that is considered flammable should be stored outside or in an area of the home where fire/smoke would be more quickly detected. The attic is usually a completely open space which means the fire has the ability to quickly spread up into the rafters, roofing materials, and down the exterior walls, causing rapid-fire damage.

Books and important paper documents

Also susceptible to moisture and mold are books and paper documents. The attic can seem like a safe place but you are better off storing books and paper items in an area where moisture issues would be noticed before permanent damage can be done. What You Shouldn’t Keep In Your Attic

Other items that are sensitive to heat, moisture, and pest damage include:

  • Wooden furniture and antiques
  • Batteries
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Electronic items
  • Paints, cleaning products, or other toxinsRegardless of how well they are sealed, toxic household cleaning or maintenance products should never be stored in the attic. In addition to being potentially flammable (see next), toxic products constantly off-gas into their environment. These fumes make their way unnoticed into other living areas and can be blown into bedrooms and living spaces via the HVAC’s air ducts (which often run through the attic).

    Store anything toxic outside of the home, preferably in detached storage shed. Studies show that households that store toxins in attached garages have worse indoor air quality than those that keep them in completely separate buildings.

    Delicate holiday decorations

    Holiday decorations are only used once per year, so the attic makes a logical storage place. However, delicate fabrics and painted decor can be heat and moisture-sensitive. If your attic tends to be hot in the summer months or is prone to dampness, you might

want to keep more delicate items stored in a location with better year-round temperature and humidity control.

Art is never good to store in the attic

As with the above, painted items, art should never be stored in the attic. Unless you have a completely finished attic, the fluctuating heat and moisture levels will slowly deteriorate art. If pests have been an issue, you may also find they’ve done damage to art via chewing or staining/ruin as a result of their urine and feces.

Art should be displayed or stored in a moderated climate. If you’re holding on to things you don’t technically like but are sentimental, this is a good time to find someone who will appreciate them and put them on display.

Leather products

Old saddles, an antique leather chair or couch, and other leather goods can be ruined by the seasonal changes in humidity. Eventually, leather will either mold or dry out and crack, which can make it impossible to repair.

Cardboard boxes

If you’re storing things in cardboard boxes, keep an eye on storage tote sales at your nearby hardware or home goods store. It only takes one leak or moisture issue in the attic to completely destroy cardboard. Cardboard wicks up moisture like a sponge so even a small pool of water can ruin an entire box and its contents.

Cardboard also makes great fodder for mold and mildew, so even if the initial water damage doesn’t destroy it, the mold/mildew rot will, and then the colonies will make their way to the box’s contents. Swapping cardboard boxes for sealed plastic totes is a quick and easy solution.

Musical instruments

Most instruments are made from wood, animal hair/fibers, or a combination of both. They are incredibly susceptible to changes in both temperature and humidity, as well as mold/mildew infestations. Wood and string instruments are the most susceptible to damage in an attic, especially if they are stored in cases that contain fabric (mold- and pest-susceptible), which many older cases do.

As with art, we recommend storing instruments in cases with humidity control packs elsewhere in the home, or loan/donate/give them to someone or a school who can use them and take good care of them for good or until you have a better storage alternative.

Anything wool (or made from natural fibers)

Wool, silk, linen, or other natural fabric blankets, antique clothing, jackets, etc., should not be boxed up or stored in an attic. In addition to being susceptible to rats, moths, and carpet beetles, which can gobble fabric up in a single season or before you even know they’re around, wool can rot fairly quickly if it is damp for too long and doesn’t have a chance to air out.

We’re focusing on wool, but all-natural fibers are susceptible to damage if stored too long without airing or regular inspections for damage.

Candles or other wax objects

Consistently high temperatures, even without a flame, can melt the wax into unusable or unrecognizable lumps. If you store storm or blackout candles in the attic, swap them out for something more durable and keep the wax in a more temperature-controlled environment. What You Shouldn’t Keep In Your Attic

Contact Neo Attic Solutions to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We can look into your attic and crawl spaces to identify what if anything would make a difference for your comfort and peace of mind.

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