What You Need To Do When Storing Liquids in Self Storage


Placing liquids in self storage, such as canned goods or unopened paint, can be a great way to keep these items safe from spoiling in the sun and can help you keep them organized. Prior to putting anything liquid in self storage, here are some things you need to do.

Separate items

If a liquid container has already been opened it may be at risk for leaking or spilling. It's best to separate the items that are originally sealed and those that have been opened for the best self storage use. Only place items in their original packaging (or tightly sealed in a canning jar that has not since been opened) in self storage. Anything that has special storing needs, such as keeping out of the sun or at a certain temperature, should be given added attention.

Make a list

Every storage unit facility has rules and regulations for the items they allow in their units. Since some liquids are flammable, contain toxins, or may need extra storage care, you will want to make a list of paint, oils, lubricants, and other items and ask what the allowance on these items are. In many cases you will need to rent a temperature-controlled room to manage the heat tolerances of fluids and keep the unit safe.

Create space

You want to create optimum space in your unit for safer storage. To prevent stains from accidental spills place a tarp or large piece of painter's plastic on the floor of your unit. Place pallets on the barrier to allow for airflow and to prevent accidental spoiling due to lack of ventilation. Some storage units come with shelving to create more space and organization. Talk to your storage unit manager to see what units they have that can give you the most space.

Rotate your stock

Once you have your liquid items in storage you will want to rotate the stock regularly. Place items with the most recent expiration up front so you use them first from your unit. As you rotate your inventory you will want to check each seal and container for signs of damage such as bulging, loose caps, missing seals, leaking, or odor.

If any of your containers are cracked or leaking, remove them and clean up any residue left behind.

You will want to talk to your storage facility manage to rent the right unit for your needs. Climate-controlled units are sometimes more costly than traditional storage spaces but allow for better and safer storage. To learn more, visit resources like http://www.ralphpalmisanomovers.com.


1 May 2017

Difficult Moves Made Easy

My husband is in the military, and our family has had to move across the country a few times throughout his career. The first time we faced a move, I was so overwhelmed that I felt like I was going to burst! We had accumulated so much "stuff" that I just didn't know what to do with it all. We ended up hiring a moving company, and we put all of the "stuff" we didn't use often in a storage unit. Once I got through the process once, our next couple of moves seemed like a breeze. I know there are other families out there facing their first moves feeling unprepared and overwhelmed, so I decided to make a blog to share moving tips and tips about using storage units wisely. I hope I can help make your move less stressful!