Hello, my name is Pete Stone. Over the years, I have met a lot of interesting people and we have exchanged gifts. Many of these gifts are very unique and irreplaceable, with some being custom-made or created by the gift giver himself or herself. The problem is that I live in an apartment that is not very large. My only solution to this problem is to purchase storage space. There is an art to using a self-storage unit that I have discovered. With the right storage techniques, your belongings will last. Because I have learned so much, I have decided to create this blog to share my knowledge with anyone who needs it.
When you put your things in a self-storage unit, you might wonder if they're safe when there's heavy rain or a heatwave. Renting a climate-controlled storage unit is one way to end worry over how the weather affects your belongings, but if you can't get a climate-controlled unit, there are steps you can take to protect your belongings as much as possible.
Still, you'll want to make sure you don't put anything in the unit that will be destroyed by temperature extremes or high humidity if you'll be using the unit over the summer or winter months. Here are some suggestions for protecting your belongings when you put them in self-storage.
Try Not To Rest Boxes On The Floor
If your storage unit rests on a slab, it's possible that water vapor would waft up and get cardboard boxes damp. Plus, if there's a rare flood, water might leak into your unit. Consider putting a pallet down on the floor so your boxes will be elevated. They'll also have plenty of circulation through the slits in the pallet.
Make Sure Everything Is Dry
It's a good idea to clean your belongings before putting them in storage so odors don't attract bugs and pests. It's very important that you dry your belongings since dampness can lead to mold growth. You might also want to move into your storage unit on a dry, sunny day so nothing gets damp from rain.
You may want to put desiccant in the storage unit. You can buy these in small or large buckets. You set the bucket in the middle of the unit and leave the lid off so the crystals inside can soak up excess humidity. You'll need to change the buckets regularly or they'll eventually turn into buckets of water.
Allow For Air Circulation
You can't set up a fan or dehumidifier in a self-storage unit, so the best way to make sure there is good air circulation is to leave as much space as possible between boxes and other stored items. This lets air circulate between under and over the items you have in storage.
If you pack things tightly together, there's a higher risk of mold and mildew. Plus, it will be easier to find things if you can see all your boxes rather than having everything pushed together.
Doing these things could reduce the risk of mold and mildew growing in your attic, and that will control musty odors too. You can't control the temperature in your self-storage unit, but you might have some control over the humidity. If you want the best control, consider renting a climate-controlled unit if one is available, and if not, see if you can get on a waiting list for one.
For more information on self-storage, contact a company near you.Share
3 May 2023