As winter is upon us and temperatures start to plummet, your thoughts start turning to the Holidays and time spent with friends and family. Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of the year. While you’re thinking about buying last minute Christmas gifts and firing up your snow blower, it’s easy to forget about making sure all your precious belongings are ready for winter.
That’s especially true about the items in your storage unit. The last thing you want is to open your storage unit come spring, only to find your things damaged.
At Lucky Horseshoe Storage, we’ve heard this story too many times. That’s why we’ve compiled our list of best tips to keep your items safe and dry over the winter.
Check for Leaks
We pride ourselves on keeping each and every one of our units air and watertight. With that being said, you’re the only that can inspect the unit on the inside. That’s the type of security we guarantee.
To that end, it’s a good idea to regularly inspect the inside of your unit for any signs of leaks. If you notice wet spots on the floor, wall seams, and ceiling, let us know immediately so we can help you get the problem resolved. Other signs include mold or mildew.
Be Aware of Snow
Here in Bend, snow is part of our reality during the winter. As a result, it’s important to keep the entry to your storage unit clear of snow. If you don’t the snow can melt and seep into your unit. Without you knowing, this can cause valuable items to become damaged.
Monitor Humidity Levels
Even though we have climate-controlled storage units available, the majority of our units aren’t.
That’s why we recommend checking the humidity levels in your unit every so often. This is especially true before you lock everything away for the winter.
There are two ways you can go about checking humidity levels. The first is to hire a professional. This can be expensive and might not be the best use of your money, however. Instead, we recommend investing in a humidity gauge. These can be found at any hardware store and aren’t too cost prohibitive.
Make Sure Your Valuables are Dry
Even though making sure everything in your storage unit is dry, it’s a preventative step a lot of people forget. In fact, this is the first step you should take before anything else.
If you’re going to store things in boxes, make sure they’re completely dry before you put them away. It’s also a good idea to inspect the actual boxes for weak spots, tears, or other points of compromise where moisture could seep in.
Use a Desiccant
Never heard of a desiccant? That’s ok, it’s just a fancy word for a drying agent. The most popular desiccants are salt, rice, cat litter, and silica.
Have you ever noticed all the salt on Bend sidewalks during the winter? That’s because salt absorbs water. What makes it even more useful in storage units is that it takes moisture out of the air as well.
To salt your storage unit, all you have to do is place open containers around the unit’s perimeter.
Perhaps you’ve dropped your phone in the sink or spilt water on your laptop. If so, chances are you probably soaked the electronic in a bag of rice to help soak up the liquid.
Rice works in the same manner as salt in that it soaks up both water and moisture in the air. You can use it in your storage unit the same way you use salt.
Cat litter is great at soaking up animal waste, so it reasons that it soaks up moisture in storage units too.
We don’t recommend spreading it out on the floor as it can be messy to clean up. Instead, leave in open bags or boxes placed around your unit.
You know those little packages that come inside the box when you purchase a new piece of clothing or a pair of shoes? They’re filled with silica which is another desiccant that absorbs water.
Just like the desiccants mentioned above, place silica packets or logs around your storage unit to keep moisture at bay.
Cover Large Items
A lot of people store boats, cars, and RVs in storage units. While keeping large automobiles indoors does wonders to keep them safe from winter’s wrath, it’s important to take some additional precautions.
The most important is to keep them covered. Insulated covers are the best. Make sure you keep covers cinched down with straps too. If you don’t you run the risk of mice or rodents getting up inside to eat away wiring or build nests. This can spell real trouble.
The advantages of having a storage unit are countless. That’s especially true during the cold winters here in Bend. While keeping your valuables indoors is essential, there are some additional steps you should take inside your unit. If you follow the advice above, you shouldn’t have any trouble keeping everything inside dry all winter long.
If you have questions about winter storage or storage units in general, give the friendly folks at Lucky Horseshoe Storage a call today.