Putting your belongings away for extended periods of time is necessary if you have a lot of valuables, but not a lot of personal space. Transitioning between homes or downsizing to a hopefully temporary, smaller home may mean putting your most valued possessions in the care of a storage facility. Even the best facilities need to be checked for your personal standards, so keep a few inspection and maintenance points in mind before putting away your valuables.
Managing Humidity To Avoid Rot, Corrosion And Festering
Wooden furniture, silverware, paperwork and other items may be ruined if you don't keep tabs on the humidity level of the storage room. Especially in areas with high humidity such as coastal cities, there may be regular rainfall and moist winds that could saturate all but the most airtight facilities--and even that can be ruined if you access the storage room often enough.
In order to monitor humidity properly, you'll need a measurement device such as a digital humidity meter or a Hygrometer. Although the most problematic humidity levels can be felt on the skin, you can detect long-term humidity issues by keeping a meter in the storage room.
If the storage areas is a basic concrete unit with a door, speak with the facility owner for an electrical connection for a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers can remove moisture from the air across a certain room size, which depends on the dehumidifier model.
Be sure to measure the storage room's length, width and height in order to make shopping for the right humidifier easy. You could even ask the storage room management for suggestions, as most of the storage units should have a uniform size and climate situation.
Reducing Dust Collection With Filters
Along with humidity, dust can settle on your belongings that could cause problems in the future. Although dust isn't a danger to everything, reducing the amount of dust can keep most electronics, heating devices or systems that rely on fans a bit safer.
Unfortunately, to take advantage of an air filtration system, you'll need to visit the storage room at least once a month. Depending on the size and speed of your filter and the amount of possible dust buildup, your filter may not need changing or cleaning for weeks or months. To be safe, check the storage room every week for the first one or two months to see the dust levels in order to figure out how fast clogging may occur.
When changing filters, be sure to inspect the filter for any damage or excessive debris that may indicate leaks or outside exposure. If you're getting a lot of moisture or insects in your filter, bring it up with storage management.
Contact a public storage management team to begin planning a great maintenance plan for your belongings.