When you place your items into a storage unit at a facility like All American Self Storage, you want them to be safe and come out of storage in usable condition. Unfortunately, moisture in a storage unit can cause significant damage to your belongings. It can cause wood to warp, metal to rust, and cotton clothing or upholstery to mildew. Taking the correct steps will help minimize the amount of moisture in a self storage unit and protect your belongings. Here are the steps you should follow to prevent moisture from damaging your belongings in a storage unit.
Inspect the Unit
One of the easiest ways to prevent your belongings from moisture damage is to find a unit that does not have visible signs of water damage. Unfortunately, a storage unit may leak, and unless someone reports it to staff, they may be unaware of it. When you are assigned a storage unit, inspect the unit for signs of water leaks. Look at the underside of the storage unit roof for discoloration or rust. Then look on the floor for signs that water may have been present. If you see any signs of water damage, report it to the staff and ask for a new unit.
Use Tarps or Plastic Sheeting on the Floor Before Moving Items In
The next step to protecting your belongings from moisture damage while in storage is to place plastic sheeting or tarps over the floor. Most self storage floors are made of concrete and cement. These materials can naturally absorb and hold in moisture. If they retain enough moisture, the items that are placed atop the surface can absorb some of this water. This can cause your sofa, table or bookshelf to get wet and become damaged. Laying a tarp or plastic sheeting over the cement or concrete pad and then using duct tape to secure it in place can protect any items placed directly on the floor from water damage.
Make Sure All Items are Dry Before Placing them in a Self Storage Unit
Before you place your belongings in storage, it is always recommended that you thoroughly clean them. If they are not clean, whatever items remain on them may stain. However, after cleaning your items, make sure you leave enough time for them to thoroughly dry before packing them up and taking them to storage. Damp clothes and furniture can increase the moisture level in a storage unit and may lead to those items developing mildew or mold.
Place Bowls or Buckets of Cat Litter or Charcoal In the Unit
The last thing you can do to prevent moisture from damaging your belongings while in storage is to place bowls or small buckets of cat litter or charcoal briquettes in the corners of your storage unit. Both cat litter and charcoal absorb moisture. This can help to reduce the humidity and moisture level in your unit, helping to protect your items against moisture. However, in order for this method to be effective, you must replace the cat litter and charcoal routinely. If the litter or charcoal is not replaced as needed, it will not be able to absorb anymore moisture and the humidity level in your unit will increase.
You want your belongings to come out of storage in the same condition they went in as. However, if you fail to take the proper precautions, they could come out damaged. Inspecting a storage unit before you move your items in, drying all items before placing them in storage, placing tarps or plastic sheeting on the floor and using cat litter or charcoal to absorb moisture are all great ways to prevent moisture damage to your belongings in a self storage unit.