Common Problems in Storage Units

by Dov Waxman

Climate will be different from one part of the country to another. It may range from too much dryness to too much humidity. These climate conditions can destroy certain items. The main problem for items, if not stored properly are “biological contaminants”. The five main contaminants which are found in a storage unit and spoil personal possessions are:

  • bacteria
  • dust mites
  • mildew
  • mold
  • viruses

Storing items in a climate controlled self storage unit will prevent these problems from happening and also damaging perspectives like future health issues, spoiled odors, paper rot, and wood degradation. Household items which are generally climate sensitive and more prone to damage are artwork, books, paintings, and paper items.

Anything which is made out of paper can perish due to paper rot if subjected to continuous humidity. Pages will cuddle, also stick together, and the print may probably bleed on the page. If the pages or a painting are covered with mildew and mold, then every thing will be spoiled.

Clothing and fabric will not prosper well when it is apparent to mildew and mold. So, they should be stored in a dry, warm climate in order to last a longer.

Electronics are more sensitive to moisture and require a climate controlled self storage environment. They should be stored in a facility which is both dry and warm.

Cushioned items and wood furniture can be easily damaged due to extreme deviations in climate. Antiques are more prone to damage due to intense dryness or moisture. They get wrapped with mildew, or get moldy, or the wood begins to rot. If the storage is very much dry, wood will crack or warp, spoiling wooden furnishings. Allergic reactions and asthma attacks are quickly provoked by mildew and mold as they target directly on the human respiratory system.

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