Many packing experts recommend that you avoid packing and storing liquids in self storage. There's good reason, too, since they can leak, break, introduce moisture, and damage other items in storage. But sometimes, storing something with liquid in it is unavoidable. What should you do when this happens? Here are a few tips to prevent problems.
Get Things Off the Floor
If something does leak, it will spread once it hits the floor of the storage unit. So, start by getting your stored goods off the ground. A base layer of used pallets is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do this. These raise everything more than enough to stay above most leaks, and a simple plastic tarp underneath protects the unit itself.
Keep Things Upright
Even if the liquid seems sealed and waterproof, always pack it upright. Form a protective barrier around and below it using packing materials so that it doesn't shift when the box is moved. Test this out by lightly jiggling the box before sealing it up. Fill in any gaps and test again.
Add More Layers
The first line of defense against any damage from leaking liquids is the packing material around them. Layer in additional, absorbent packing materials below and around the liquid containers. This includes things like newspapers, packing peanuts, old household linens, and rags.
Create Waterproof Containers
Form a second line of defense against leaks by placing liquids inside solid plastic totes or containers. These have the added advantage of providing a sturdy shell so there's less chance of anything collapsing the top of the box in. However, if you can't use plastic bins, line a cardboard box or other container with large plastic trash bags.
Breaks and leaks aren't the only risks when you store liquids. They introduce moisture to the storage area, which can warp, rot, or contaminate other packed items. Combat this by adding dehumidifying agents. Desiccants draw moisture out of the air and absorb it instead. Silica gel packets are some of the easiest to find for home use. If you have access to electricity, consider a motorized dehumidifier with an automatic shut-off.
Where to Learn More
Want more tips for safe and secure storage of any liquids? Talk with the experienced staff at your local self-storage facility. With their recommendations and these tips, you'll soon have the best plan to keep everything tidy, undamaged, and happy in storage.
Contact a local self-storage service to learn more.