As 2023 rolls along, it’s the perfect time to declutter your space and breathe a sigh of relief from a well-organized home. Whether it’s the garage that’s become a dumping ground or the basement that’s silently pleading for a revamp, we’ve got the top storage solutions and strategies to help you get started!
Assessing Your Storage Needs
Before you begin, take a moment to assess your storage needs. Consider which items are worth keeping and which ones need to be let go. It’s not just about creating space — it’s about making room for the things that matter.
Before Diving In, Verify That Your Basement is Properly Waterproofed
An essential first step to any basement storage strategy is ensuring proper waterproofing. This not only protects your space but safeguards your stored items as well.
Cleaning and Removing Efflorescence
First, let’s tackle that pesky white, powdery substance on your walls known as efflorescence. DRYLOK® Concrete and Masonry Liquid Etch & Cleaner is your go-to product for this task. It helps remove efflorescence and creates an etched surface, perfect for any waterproofing product to adhere to.
Using this product is quite straightforward. First, you’ll want to clear away any loose or peeling paint and any efflorescence. A stiff bristle brush is great for this job. Once that’s done, liberally apply the DRYLOK Concrete and Masonry Liquid Etch & Cleaner with a synthetic bristle brush or roller, or you could even use a low-pressure sprayer. The key is to let it soak into the surface — no need to rush.
After the Liquid Etch has soaked in for about 20 – 30 minutes, rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water. This step is vital — it neutralizes the etching action and prepares the surface for a fresh coat of DRYLOK Masonry Waterproofer. With DRYLOK Concrete and Masonry Liquid Etch & Cleaner, you get a two-in-one solution.
It not only cleans your masonry surfaces but also “etches,” or roughens, them. This etching makes the surface more adhesive for waterproofing paint or other coatings you want to apply.
Filling Major Cracks
DRYLOK Fast Plug® is a hydraulic cement that sets quickly within 3 to 5 minutes, hence the name “Fast Plug.” It’s ideal for patching large cracks and holes, as it expands to lock into place and provide a watertight seal.
Before using DRYLOK Fast Plug, make sure to remove any loose or crumbling concrete around the crack. Dampen the area, but ensure there’s no standing water.
Remember, the preparation is just as vital as the application!
Mix a small amount of DRYLOK Fast Plug with water until it has a putty-like consistency. Apply the mix using a trowel, and push the material firmly into the crack or hole. Overfill slightly to allow for shrinkage and smooth it out while it’s still pliable. You have to be quick — you only have 3 to 5 minutes before the mix hardens!
Reapply DRYLOK Fast Plug if necessary and repeat the process until the crack is entirely sealed and flush with the surrounding surface.
Filling Minor and Hairline Cracks
Not all cracks in your concrete and masonry surfaces are cause for major concern. Minor and hairline cracks, while not posing structural threats, can still be an eyesore and invite moisture and pests if left untreated. Here’s where DRYLOK® Masonry Crack Filler steps in.
DRYLOK Masonry Crack Filler is designed specifically for smaller cracks, and it provides a simple, efficient solution for maintaining the look and integrity of your walls. It’s a ready-mixed formula, which means you don’t have to worry about measuring or mixing — it’s all ready to go!
Before applying the DRYLOK Masonry Crack Filler, clean out the crack to remove any loose material. This ensures a smooth, seamless finish once the filler is applied.
Using a standard caulking gun, apply the DRYLOK Masonry Crack Filler directly into the crack. It’s as simple as that! Overfill the crack slightly, then smooth out the filler with a putty knife to make sure it blends in well with the surrounding surface.
One of the key benefits of this product is its latex-based formula. This means it dries to a smooth, paintable finish that allows you to cover it up seamlessly with your choice of waterproofing paint or other coatings.
A Comprehensive List of Storage Solutions
Picture a neat, spacious garage where every item has its place. Freestanding shelves provide flexible storage, and their adaptability to any corner of your garage or basement makes them a popular choice.
An underutilized storage solution is the walls themselves. Wall-mounted shelves are an effective way to free up floor space that allows you to store items at eye level.
Cabinets and Cupboards
For a more enclosed and concealed storage option, consider cabinets and cupboards. They are a clean aesthetic that protects items from dust and moisture.
Storage Bins and Containers
Storage bins and containers are perfect for organizing small items. They’re stackable, reusable and provide a clear view of the contents, which makes item retrieval a breeze.
Built-in Storage Solutions
Built-in storage is another fantastic option for maximizing space, especially in tight areas. These solutions can be customized to fit your unique space and storage needs.
Hanging Storage Systems
From bikes to garden tools, hanging storage systems provide an easy-to-access solution that keeps items off the floor and within reach. And don’t forget to look up! Overhead hanging storage racks can be a lifesaver that is additional space for items you don’t regularly use.
Specialty Storage Solutions
Specially designed storage provides room for oddly shaped or bulky items. Bikes, sports equipment or even your winter wardrobe can all find a home with these creative storage options.
Prep Your Storage Areas the Right Way with DRYLOK
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge and ready to begin your organizing journey, remember that prepping your storage areas is just as essential as the storage solutions themselves. DRYLOK products offer the best in terms of preparing your basements and garages to make them ready for whatever storage solutions you have in mind.
From cleaning efflorescence to filling major and minor cracks, we have you covered! Your areas will be storage-ready, and they’ll also stand up to time to ensure that your belongings are secure and protected. Ready to give your space the storage transformation it deserves?
Contact us today to find a retail outlet near you!