4 Things to Keep Out of Your Storage Unit

Posted on: 20 May 2020

A storage unit is a great place to store a wide range of items, from your winter clothing to extra furniture you don't need right now. However, there are some items you need to keep out of your storage unit in order to protect everything else you are storing. Here's a look at a few examples. 

#1: Food

You should not store food in your storage unit. Even food that is in a sealed container could become an issue. If you have food in your storage unit, regardless of it if is canned, boxed, or inside a sealed bag, it could attract pests to your storage unit.

These pests could damage your other items and could then get into nearby storage units and damage their items as well. Keep food items at home or donate them if you don't have space for them in your home—just don't put them in your storage unit where they can attract pests and potentially spoil.

#2: Scented Item

Most people don't think about keeping scented items out of their storage units. Scented items, such as candles and soaps should be kept out of your storage unit. The scent these items emit doesn't just trick your brain, it tricks pests as well. Scented items can attract insects and mice that think they are smelling something they can eat. Keep these items out of your storage unit, as fake food smelling items can be just as compromising as real food items.

#3: Liquids

As a general rule, you don't want to put any liquids in your storage unit. That includes both toxic liquids, such as oil and coolant, and non-hazardous liquids, such as water. Liquids can easily freeze when your storage unit gets cold, expand, and cause the container they are in to leak. The container could become compromised, and liquids could leak out.

As your storage unit is dark, leaking liquids will stick around for a while, and can lead to mold and mildew, which can devastate the items you have in your storage unit. Additionally, the leaking liquid can get onto other items and damage them.

#4: Plants

Plants need sunlight and water in order to grow. Your storage unit doesn't have any sunlight, and you shouldn't keep water in your storage unit. Your plants are not going to last long in your storage unit, and they can attract a wide variety of small insects.

To keep your other items safe from pests and damage, there are a few items you want to keep out of your storage unit. Contact local storage unit facilities to learn more about what you can or can't store. 


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