Be Careful of What You Store in a Self-Storage Unit

ss1Self-storage facilities have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with nearly 1 in 10 US families currently renting one. Of course, there’s a good reason for this trend: self-storage opens up a whole new world of storage possibilities. When you run out of storage space in your home, you can always use a facility instead. This means you can keep your home clutter-free while still hanging on to your belongings. If you’re thinking about using a self-storage unit, though, you’ll want to be careful about what you store inside of it.

There are a few possible hazards associated with self-storage units, one of which is humidity. We’ve talked about this before on the StorageUnitAuctionList.com blog, but it’s worth mentioning again that excessive humidity can and will damage certain items. Humidity is essentially moisture vapor in the air, and when there’s a lot of it, items will become saturated with water — so much that it may damage them or promote the formation of mold and mildew. This is particularly true in the case of hardwood items like guitars, furniture, baseball bats, etc. The wood acts as a sponge, absorbing moisture from its surroundings. Small amounts of moisture shouldn’t cause any issue, but too much may cause the hardwood item to warp or even rot.

The good news is that problems associated with high humidity in self-storage units is easily avoided. Assuming the facility offers “climate controls,” you can set your own temperature and humidity. So, what’s the best humidity setting for a self-storage unit? It really depends on what you are storing, as some items preserve better in low humidity, whereas others preserve better in mid-to-high humidity. A good rule of thumb, however, is to maintain a 30-40% relative humidity, as this should offer the best all-around protection for your items.

Something else you should consider when storing items in a self-storage unit is the potential for flooding. This is why it’s a good idea to store your items off the floor, using shelves or stacked containers for instance. In the rare event that your unit becomes flooded, the majority if your belongings should remain safe and protected. Even if you follow the precautions outlined above, you may still want to invest in insurance. Having your belongings insured will give you peace of mind knowing that you’ll be compensated if they are ever damaged.