Renting a storage unit is a good way to free up extra space in your home or help you store items for a household move. As you leave your items in a rented storage space they are kept safe from intruders by lock and key, but other threats can put your belongings at risk. Here are some tips to help keep your items free of moisture damage and to prevent them from becoming a home to any type of pests.
Water can seep into any opening and crack around the foundation of your storage unit, so it is best to prepare for it before it happens and causes damage to your personal items and furniture. Moisture can come in your storage unit from excess precipitation and rising flood waters, or come from a fast spring thaw with too much water for the sewer drains to handle.
To help keep your possessions safe, it can be helpful to place a few wood pallets in your unit. You can get free wood pallets or buy some used from a local retailer to place under your stacked items and boxes. Many businesses store their unwanted pallets in their backyard or throw them out, so ask around to see what you can find.
Place the pallets on the floor and your boxes and furniture on top of them. Just a few inches of floor clearance that the wood pallets provide your items to keep them out of any moisture is usually all you need in a flooding situation. Then, cover your furniture and other non-water resistant items with a tarp if you are concerned about any roof leaks from melting snow or excess precipitation.
The first thing you can do to help prevent pests from living in your storage space is to not store any food items or items with a scent. This includes potpourri, scented candles, and any decor made from food items.
You can seal up any large cracks around the exterior of your storage unit with spray foam insulation or caulk can help keep out larger pests from entering the unit. Always get permission from the storage unit management before you make alterations to the interior of your storage unit. Keep in mind that small pests, such as mice only need an opening the size of a dime to gain access.
For this reason, it is helpful to place pesticide bait or traps around the inside perimeter of your storage unit to trap and prevent pests from taking up residence in your unit. Then, wrap the upholstery of your furniture and mattresses with a plastic covering to help keep pests from burrowing inside.