We live in an old house with a fieldstone foundation. The basement is part dirt flour and some broken up sections of cement (don't know why). Perhaps twice a year we get some water in it; but we now know where it's coming from and hopefully can stop it from happening. Other than those times, I would not consider it damp. We were thinking of building a very large cupboard down there (off the ground on cement blocks or something) to store some food. We have even thought of using non-working freezers down there for storage. I really hope there's a way to make it work. It's nice and cool and dark without a huge change in temperature. As long as we can stop the water from coming in those couple of times, can the basement be used for long-term food storage? We're trying to figure out where to store everything. This old house has very little storage space. Thanks.