How to Avoid Mold and Mildew in Your Storage Unit

by Dusty Rhodes on Feb 19, 2016  in 
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Having a storage unit is a great way to gain additional space for various items from your home or office. Whether you are looking to store extra pieces of personal furniture or you are storing seasonal items from your business office, the reasons and uses for storage grow each and every day.

Part of what makes a storage unit so effective, is its ability to provide covered protection. From storms to temperature changes, storage units have the ability to endure many different scenarios. Yet sometimes, certain items such as mold or mildew can surface in a storage unit, creating the need for an immediate solution.

If you are new to the storage unit process, and you are looking to protect your belongings from problems such as mold and mildew, here are a few SMART tips that will help protect your valuables from unwanted damage.

SMART Tip 1:  Choose the right type of storage unit
One of the easiest ways to avoid an issue with mold and mildew in your storage unit is to never make that introduction. Choosing the right type of storage unit can go a long way in helping you to prevent mold and mildew issues. Breathable units that are stored in a temperature controlled storage facility work well because they allow air to circulate within the storage unit. Air circulation is one of the key factors in allowing stored contents to maintain a level of freshness.

SMART Tip 2:  Be careful of what you store
Making smart decisions about what you store in your storage unit will also help you to avoid mold and mildew issues. For example, be mindful of storing mold and mildew producing objects such as wet, damp cloths or rags. While they will eventually dry out, you want to avoid introducing the right conditions for mold to grow.

Be careful of storing liquid items in your storage unit that may leak. All it takes is one punctured liquid item, stored behind boxes and hidden from view. The leak sits, and begins to grow mold or mildew. Prevent this scenario all together, and be careful of what you store.

Of course anything hazardous is always illegal to store, and smart storage choices will allow you to maintain a clean and mold/mildew-free storage unit.

SMART Tip 3:  Check on your storage unit
Inspecting your storage unit regularly is a great way to keep tabs on whether or not mold and mildew has developed. While most storage units provide good protection, you still want to make sure you check on your unit, or have a friend or family member periodically check in on your storage unit if you live far away. If any type of flooding or leakage has occurred, you will be able to get it resolved before it grows into a bigger problem, as well as a damaging problem to your stored contents.

By following these helpful tips, you will be able to avoid issues with mold and mildew and enjoy the benefits of your storage experience. For more great storage tips on what to store in your storage unit or how you can properly care for your storage unit, visit our Blog or check out our Storage page.

Dusty Rhodes