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Can you spot the least frequented area of your home that gives you the most headaches? Of course it’s the attic and the basement. Every house has one. And every home-owner faces a host of problems because of the same. From leaks, termites to mold growth and condensation, roots of hygiene and cleanliness issues have staunch roots in these two places of a typical home.

We shall therefore discuss the problems and their solutions that plague the attics and basements of almost all homes in general all over the globe.

Attics

  • Organize – Most attics suffer from a generic disease of cluttering and being treated as a storehouse for junk. Every other attic you visit will have either things stored up-to-their-throats, or will have stuff in such a crowded manner that there is no space to maneuver at all. Therefore, plan and build your attic in such a way that it uses the space available to the optimum and also allows segregation and revision of the stored items on a regular basis
  • Internal Construction – The attic should have shelves and stack spaces, but they should be set up in a way that they do not hinder effective usage of attic space. Also, keep in mind that keeping heavy and large boxes on the floor is a better option than stacking them all up one over the other or over furniture. The latter prevents pest-hunts and cleaning missions in the attic, the basic reasons for the problems that had been discussed earlier.
  • Insulation and Ventilation – Keep your attic well ventilated with cleverly constructed passages and inlets as well as vapor barriers for air as well as sunlight. But do not let this compromise with your attic space. Insulation between floor joists is a good option to buffering the passage of heat to the attic floor. Make clever insulation setups that do not cause problems of condensation or moisture buildup.

Now we shall come to the case of the other half of your problem:

Basements

  • Pest & Mold Control – The basic environs in which the termites, pests and mold thrive is moisture oriented. Therefore, keep your basement dry. For this you can implement plastic coats on the walls and floors with holes in vent mouths. Seaming all sides up with plastic will prevent moisture on the walls and floorings giving birth to a riot of mold or pests in your basement.
  • Flooring – Make sure that your flooring is apt for basements. Check for leaks, and apply latex paints to make the flooring more water resistant and durable. Carpeting the floor is an option if your floor does not have moisture or water seepage issues. Excavate around the walls and make them waterproof externally if your internal water seepage problems do not cease.
  • Ceiling – The Ceiling can be carpeted wall-to-wall too. Make sure that the walls are waterproof otherwise the ceiling décor may give rise to molds and other moisture related problems.

Creating an inventory map for your attic and basement stuff is a huge advantage, not only to seek out any of the materials you are looking for but also to help you keep your attics and basements neatly organized.

 

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