The last thing that you want is for the items you are storing in self-storage to grow mold or mildew. Unfortunately, this is a problem that is fairly common. Taking the right steps can help to decrease the risk of your items getting water or moisture damaged when they are placed in a self-storage unit.
Ensure Everything Is Completely Dry Before Going Into Storage
It is very common to want to clean items before you place them in storage, including couches, linens and clothing. While this is a great idea, you should always ensure the items are completely dry before you pack them in a box or storage tote and place them in self-storage. If they are still slightly damp, mold or mildew is more likely to develop.
Select a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
A climate-controlled storage unit helps to ensure the units are not exposed to outdoor elements, including extreme heat, freezing cold temperatures and high levels of humidity. The more humid an environment is, the more likely mold and mildew are, so reducing humidity from a setting helps to protect your belongings.
Check a Unit for Leaks or Signs of Water Intrusion
Before you place any items in a self-storage unit, you want to look for leaks or signs of water intrusion. The easiest way to do this is to examine the unit itself. If you see rust or corrosion spots on a metal unit, you see holes or gaps in the unit, or you see water spotting or staining, you should ask for a different unit.
Put Up Vapor Barriers or Tarps in the Unit
Vapor barriers or tarps can be laid against the walls, ceiling and flooring in a self-storage unit. The vapor barrier or tarps help to create an extra layer of protection against any moisture and can help to prevent mold or mildew growth.
Use Moisture-Absorbing Products
The final way to decrease the risk of items getting moldy when they are placed in self-storage units is to use products that absorb moisture. There are products you can buy that absorb moisture in the air. Putting a bowl of charcoal briquettes or cat litter in a space also helps to absorb moisture in a unit.
Always take the time to ensure you are storing completely dry items, select a climate-controlled storage unit, check for leaks, put up vapor barriers and use products that absorb moisture to help decrease the risk of items getting mildew or mold growth on them when they are in a self-storage unit.