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Pick A High Quality Storage Unit

by Candice Lopez

When it is time to put your items in a long term storage facility, you need to be picky. There are many really good storage units, but you want to have your items in the very best. When you start looking at potential storage facilities you should have your sights set on the very best because you do not want your belongings to get ruined. Here are a few different aspects of storage units and storage facilities that you should look for.

Heated And Climate Controlled

You may know that when material starts to heat up it expands. When a material is cooled down, it contracts. These are just the laws of physics, but what you may not realize that your belongings going through heat and freeze cycles can do a lot of damage to your belongings. This is especially true if you are going to be storing any electronics. The metal components in electronics do not do well when they are subjected to freeze and then thaw cycles. You simply do not want to risk having your items ruined by the weather that is outside of the storage unit, so look for heated self-storage units so that you can keep an even temperature all year round.

Pest Control

It does not matter where you live: Pests are always trying to get inside. They are always looking for a way to get out of the elements, and you do not want their shelter to be in your storage unit. Whether there are bugs or rodents, these little pests can cause a lot of damage to your items. Look for any sign of a pest problem, and if you see fecal pellets or insects, do not be afraid to walk away from the storage unit. It is always a good idea to talk to the facility manager about how the facility is actively safeguarding against pests.

Water Protection

There are two different things to remember when it comes to water. You first want to make sure that the unit is not leaking in any way. You should inspect the floor and look for any signs of stagnant water, but you should also look for any signs of leaking through the roof. Next you want to make sure that there is zero condensation that can build up. If you have chosen a unit that is heat controlled, then you should not have any problems. However, you do always want to have a silicone stick in the unit to protect against any water that may build up.