How to Prevent Moisture Intrusion in Your Self-Storage Unit

When you rent storage space, you’re looking for a safe, cheap storage solution. If you’re nervous about moisture accumulation in your self storage unit, here are a few tips to help you out.

Check Humidity Levels Regularly

The first thing you can do to prevent moisture in your storage unit is to check the humidity level on a regular basis. Ordinarily, humidity levels should be between 30% and 50% if you want to prevent mold and mildew growth. The best way to check this in a storage unit is to install a relative humidity gauge. If the humidity level exceeds 50%, make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to bring it down. Investing in a small dehumidifier is a great option for this job.

Inspect for Leaks Before Storing Your Items

One of the fastest ways to ruin your belongings is by letting them get waterlogged. Not only will this likely ruin some of your valuables, but it could also lead to mold growth. The last thing you want is for your grandma’s cookbooks to become unusable. Even the smallest crack in your storage unit could be a risk to your belongings, so make sure you’re inspecting structural integrity during your search for storage space for rent.

Make Sure Your Belongings Are Dry Before Storing Them

The easiest way to ruin your belongings with mold growth is to fail to clean and dry them before you store them. Just one damp shirt could mean the collapse of all of your dreams of having that perfect storage space. In order to prevent this from happening, remember to clean and thoroughly dry any belongings you want to place in your storage unit.

Consider Using Desiccants

When you’re moving belongings to any unit at your chosen self storage company, it’s a good idea to invest in some desiccants to protect your belongings. These substances, which usually take the form of a small bag of crystals, are excellent at absorbing moisture. 

If you place enough of them strategically around your self storage unit, you should be set for a while. But keep in mind that though these cheap storage solutions are great, desiccants do expire. Don’t forget to replace them periodically for the best results.

Invest in a Climate Controlled Storage Unit

If all of the tips above weren’t enough insurance for you, then it’s probably worth it to invest in a climate controlled storage unit with your self storage company. These units are designed to help keep your belongings at a controlled temperature, which in turn can help prevent moisture from seeping into them. Of course, structural integrity and proper care of your belongings are still important, but you won’t need to worry so much about checking the humidity levels when your storage unit is climate controlled.

If you need help preventing moisture in your storage unit or if you’re looking to rent a storage unit, our team at Markham Self Storage is here to help. We want to make sure your belongings are safe and dry until you need them again.

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