No Moisture Allowed: 3 Tips To Keep Moisture Out Of Your Storage Unit

If you have to store your belongings in self-storage (at an outlet such as Carolina Self Storage)for an extended period of time, you might want to make sure you have moisture protection. This is particularly true if you're going to be storing items such as clothing, important papers or wood furniture. Moisture build-up can cause mold and mildew, which can destroy your property if it's not controlled properly. Here are three steps you can take that will help keep mold and mildew out of your storage unit. 

Insist On Climate Control

The simplest way to protect your property against moisture problems such as mold and mildew is to insist on a climate-controlled storage unit. Climate-controlled units will ensure that your property is kept at the right temperature throughout the year. This will prevent moisture fluctuations caused by excessive heat, cold, or rain. When renting a storage unit, be sure to ask about climate-control options.  

Cover and Seal the Important Items

If you're going to be storing clothing, important documents or furniture in your storage unit, you want to make sure they're protected against moisture damage. Clothing and documents, such as papers and photographs, should be stored in airtight containers. Once your belongings are in the containers, place a strip of duct tape around the edges of the lids. This will prevent moisture from getting inside the containers.

To protect your furniture, use old blankets or comforters as covers. The covers will help keep moisture away from the wood. For maximum protection, place a sheet of clear plastic over the fabric furniture covers. This will form a moisture-proof barrier to protect your furniture.

Provide Your Own Moisture Control

If you're unable to rent a climate-controlled storage unit, you can do the next best thing and provide your own moisture control. There are several household items that can help keep moisture out of your storage unit.

Charcoal Briquettes

Charcoal is a simple – yet effective – way to keep moisture from building up in your storage unit. Simply fill a 5 -gallon bucket with briquettes and place it in your storage unit. For best results, replace the briquettes about once every two – three months.

Kitty Litter

Kitty litter is another effective way to fight moisture build-up in your storage area. To provide maximum protection, place at least two opened bags of kitty litter in your storage unit – one in the front and one in the back. To help maintain maximum moisture absorption, be sure to replace the kitty litter at least once a month.

Moisture can cause serious mold and mildew problems inside storage units. The tips provided above will help you protect your belongings from mold and mildew.