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Storage Tips

If storing your items in a garage environment is all you need then most storage facilities can accommodate you.

Our facility is not climate or temperature controlled but we can recommend you to some in the area.

If you are storing in a unit that does not have climate control here are few things you need to know about.

Use a good disk lock as these can not be cut with bolt cutters.

Most storage facilities are built on concrete slabs.

Concrete will absorb and release moisture.

DO NOT place anything of value directly on concrete. Wood products will discolor, boxes will become limp, metal objects will rust. Place these items on plastic or pallets.

Temperature and Humidity.

Many facilities are not insulated, are single story garage type structures, and as such, the interior temperatures vary greatly.

During winter months the inside temperature will be the same as the outside temperature.

During summer months OUR inside temperature will usually be below the outside temperatures, as our roofs a are insulated.

In times of high humidity these types of units will hold the humidity and can damage contents if not stored properly.

You should always use a moisture absorbent in units.

How to protect items you have in storage.

You should not pack to the walls. You should leave breathing space between contents and walls of unit.

Mattresses should always be put in a mattress bag and sealed. This includes sleeper sofa mattresses. Remove as much air from the packaging as possible before sealing.

Use plastic totes to store if possible.

Always put plastic sheeting or pallets on the concrete before you put your valuables in the unit.

Always prop open the dryer, washing machine and refrigerator doors. Condensation in these units can cause mold if they can’t “breath”.

Always clean stoves and refrigerators of any food which causes mold.

Always place rodent control products in the unit. Rodents can cause a lot of damage if they decide to nest in your unit. We keep mouse poison in all empty units.

You should check, or have someone locally check your unit at least monthly, if only to get fresh air inside the unit if storing for an extended time.

How to place items in the unit.

Always place the heaviest items on the bottom.

To maximize your storage be sure to place smaller items in drawers, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, etc.

Always start at the back of the unit and work your way forward. Stack up to the ceiling as you move forward

Try to think about what you may need to get out of the unit while your things are stored.

Try and pack them i in the front of the unit. For example, holiday and seasonal things.

Wipe any items made of metal; bikes, metal tables, tools with wd-40 or light oil to prevent rust.

You should take pictures of your unit as you fill it so you know where things are, and what you have there.

Things not to store.

• Hazardous materials.

• Flammables.

• Explosives (including ammunition and fireworks).

• Illegal items.

• Food of any kind.