Storage in Basements and Crawl Spaces

Crawl spaces are not generally designed for storage. Stored material tends to reduce air circulation, trap moisture and be conducive to pest activity. In very large crawl spaces, it maybe possible to install some shelving with good air circulation on all sides of the stored material.

Even in a relatively dry basements, it is recommended that storage be done in such a way as to allow for some air circulation around and under the stored material. This can be done by placing the stored material on palates or simple shelving that is a minimum of four inches above the concrete slab, and not touching concrete walls.