We all have been there in that place when we have extra items to store, and we do not have space. That is what makes self-storage centers so enticing. For a low monthly fee, they afford a safe place to put our valuables. Plus, they allow us to visit and add or remove things as our lives ebb and flow. Whether we are storing personal goods, family heirlooms, a loved one’s belongings, or just need a place to put some supplies for use at a later time, one cannot argue with the flexibility and ease of using self-storage. However, there are times when self-storage is not the right solution for certain items due to heat and humidity, as not all self-storage units are climate controlled.
Heat and humidity, even in the smallest amount, can damage goods. It can cause excess moisture, for example, to build up on wood, which can lead to rotting. Or, worse, it can lead to molding. Thus, it is important to know what to keep out of storage where the unit is not climate controlled. Below are some things you cannot keep in a standard storage unit along with some things you may want to put elsewhere.
Anything that needs to be kept in a refrigerator or freezer belongs in a refrigerator or freezer, and not a storage unit. Insects and rodents attracted to these can cause damage to your property as well as throughout the facility. Instead, any food kept in a storage unit should be canned and sealed such as beans. Foods you may think of for a bomb shelter are okay.
It should be obvious not to keep pets in a storage unit, not for a minute, hour, or six hours. Pets do not belong in a storage unit where they can soil the unit, which will attract bugs and insects. That mess can ruin your stuff. Plus, it is not healthy for the pet. Instead, if you need to store your pet, do so with a friend, family, or animal care facility. You can, however, keep your pets cages, toys, and blankets in the unit.
As long as you have proper documentation, you may keep this in your storage unit. However, keeping a stolen vehicle or one that is not documented will lead to legal issues for you and the facility.
You can store video games, video game consoles, televisions, and any other electronic. As long as it is not on or causes a potential fire hazard, anything goes. Heat and humidity can damage some furniture, so if it is old or valuable, ensure the facility is climate controlled. Also, remove all batteries from the device as heat and humidity can corrode them.
Other Items You Can Store
- Household items
- Business Items
For more information, contact Self Storage Centers of America at 813-621-7867.