Base­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion

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Now that the cold weather is ap­proach­ing, why not spend some time or­ga­niz­ing in­door spa­ces that have been over­looked dur­ing the warm sum­mer months? The base­ment may be a good place to start. Many home­own­ers have dis­cov­ered that the base­ment can pro­vide a much needed stor­age area for pho­tos, im­por­tant pa­pers, hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions and more — but only if it’s dry and free from mold and mildew growth. But thanks to ad­vances in wa­ter­proof­ing tech­nol­ogy, re­claim­ing your base­ment is eas­ier than you think. To trans­form your base­ment into the ideal stor­age area, fol­low th­ese few easy steps from the home im­prove­ment ex­perts at Zinsser: Clean your base­ment walls to get rid of dirt, grease and other con­tam­i­nants. Kill any ex­ist­ing mold and mildew with a sim­ple house­hold bleach and wa­ter so­lu­tion. Patch any holes and cracks with Watertite Hy­draulic Ce­ment, es­pe­cially those that show signs of ac­tive wa­ter leaks. It cre­ates a wa­ter-tight seal in just five min­utes. Ap­ply two coats of a wa­ter­proofer with mold and mildew pro­tec­tion, like Watertite- LX Mold & Mildew- Proof Wa­ter­proof­ing Paint to keep wa­ter out and mold and mildew away. It of­fers pro­tec­tion against wa­ter in­tru­sion and a five-year mold and mildew-proof paint film guar­an­tee. Watertite- LX is low-odor, easy to ap­ply and dries to a bright white fin­ish. Or have it tinted to an off-white or pas­tel shade that suits your style — it’s an easy way to cus­tom­ize your stor­age area. Com­plete your organized base­ment with plas­tic bins and metal shelves. Or­ga­nize pa­pers, files and pho­tos into sep­a­rate bins for easy find­ing. Us­ing shelves to store boxes will help you keep organized and free up floor space — cre­at­ing an even larger stor­age area. For more in­for­ma­tion on Watertite and other prod­ucts for the long-term preven­tion of mold and mildew, visit www. zinsser. com for more help­ful home im­prove­ment tips.

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