How to Prevent Flood Damage in Your Storage Unit

Did you know that flooding doesn’t happen only after a massive rainstorm? It can occur at any time due to poor drainage systems, summer storms, melting snow, a large construction project, or a broken water main. It’s hard to believe, but according to FEMA, even one inch of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage.  

Flooding can be a concern for some people that keep belongings in self storage. Others are either unaware of the damage that can be caused by flooding or don’t realize that they can take measures now to prevent flood damage later.

If you currently have items in a self storage unit or you’re thinking about leasing a unit, read the tips below to help keep your belongings safe during a flooding event.

Water or Flood Damage Prevention Measures

Store Items in Plastic Bins

Plastic containers will keep your items safe from moisture and the resulting mold and mildew. Try to purchase bins of identical size, and take the time to label your items for easy retrieval. Store important documents and valuable items in watertight containers.

Use Pallet Boards and Tarps

Pallets are a great way to keep your items off of the floor. They are the perfect solution for small businesses that use self storage for inventory, important documents, and office equipment and supplies. 

Place pallets on the floor and cover them with plastic tarps before stacking your items. This will protect your bins and containers from sitting on a potentially wet floor. If you’re storing heavy items, check to be certain that the pallets can safely withstand the weight. 

Use Shelving for Your Smaller Items

An alternative for storing your smaller items is shelving. There are lots of great options available that will provide you with a safe, convenient way to keep your belongings above the floor. Your storage unit can easily accommodate rack and wall mounted shelving as well as standing and hanging shelving. 

Organize Strategically

When you organize your unit, stack valuable or sentimental items on your highest shelf or on top of items that are less expensive or meaningful to you. This will lessen the risk of damage from moisture to your more important items.

Cover Your Belongings with Nylon

You may not have heard this before, but covering your items with nylon can help prevent water damage that comes from above. You never know when a broken pipe or heavy rains can cause a leaking ceiling. If you wrap or cover your belongings with nylon, your stored possessions will have basic protection. A sheet of nylon is inexpensive and also a great barrier against dust.

Consider Flood Insurance

If you live in an area of the country where natural disasters are common, you might want to consider flood insurance. Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t include coverage for damages due to flooding, and federal disaster assistance kicks in only when there is a Presidential disaster declaration. Discuss your flood insurance options and your off-premises coverage with your insurance agent. It’s worth the peace of mind to know that you’re protected.

Does Your Self Storage Facility Have a Tenant Protection Plan

Find out if your self storage facility has a tenant protection plan. If so, discuss coverage options with the manager of your facility. This can be an additional level of protection as many of these plans cover some water damage. 

Conclusion

Don’t assume that flooding is something you never need to worry about. It can happen anytime due to unpredictable events. Store your items in plastic, watertight containers. Use pallet boards, shelving, and nylon coverings. Organize your items for safety, and discuss flood insurance options with your insurance agent. Simple, basic prevention strategies are more than worth the disappointment of losing valuable or sentimental items. 

Self Storage Can be a Lifesaver for School Organizations

Whatever the coming school year brings, whether your kids are learning in a classroom or at home, your day will most certainly evolve into the after-school mayhem of extracurricular activities. Sports, dance, band, and theater all require long hours of practice and participation. These pursuits are meant for the students, but they keep the entire family busy. 

The fun really begins with the multitude of phone calls asking you to be a volunteer for your child’s activity of choice. Whatever that is, you can be sure that it will be more work, fun, and chaos than taking two-year-old triplets to the circus.

Bear in mind that many school districts don’t have a permanent space designated to store all of the items used in these after-school extracurriculars. Whatever you volunteer for will probably involve storing equipment, uniforms, costumes, or strange things that you can’t identify. As an added bonus, you’ll also have to locate a place to store the paraphernalia used at the events sponsored to raise money to cover activity expenses.

Don’t even think about keeping this stuff in your garage, basement, or the trunk of your car. Remember, you’re not only storing these items; you’re responsible for their safety and maintenance. Temperature fluctuations and humidity can cause damage to musical instruments and sports equipment, not to mention the inconvenience of trying to keep track of items stored in several different homes. You need a convenient, secure, affordable facility for these items. You need climate-controlled self storage.

Storage Tips for School Organizations

Band

The most important items that you’ll store for the band are, of course, musical instruments. These instruments take a different level of care, especially if they have to be stored for a short period of time during the hot, humid summer months. The students can help with the care of their own instruments, but in the end, you’ll be the responsible party. These instruments can be severely damaged by fluctuating temperatures and humidity, so climate-controlled storage is a must. 

Sports

Sports equipment can be anything from football shoulder pads to cheerleading uniforms. These items have to be well-maintained and properly stored in the off-season to prevent deterioration. A climate-controlled space will keep everything in top condition. Most facilities can be leased on a month-to-month basis so you won’t have to commit to long-term storage.

Theater

High school theater departments need storage for costumes, lighting, props, scenery, and sound equipment. Storage units have to be easily accessible, secure, clean, and affordable. As with sports and band organizations, climate-controlled storage is the solution for this type of equipment. Fabric costumes are sensitive to mold and mildew, and lighting and sound equipment are sensitive to temperature and humidity levels. These items should be in a temperature-controlled environment to prevent physical damage and deterioration. Props and scenery are sometimes oversized and need extra space. Look for units with high ceilings and extra-large doors.

Dance Teams

Dance teams and pom squads have become popular, competitive groups in high schools across the country. Storage is needed for costumes, various props, and sound equipment. These items can be easily packed in storage bins and positioned on shelving for easy access. A safe, climate-controlled storage unit is the best way to prevent mildew and deterioration of these items. 

Fundraising Organizations

These organizations all need funding, and some of the best ways to get the parents’ hard-earned cash are casino nights and carnivals. Again, this presents the need for storage. Casino nights involve roulette wheels, gaming tables, and all the smaller items that go along with these events. Carnival games can be large and cumbersome, necessitating the need for spacious units. Look for security features like digital video monitoring, electronic gates, keypad access, and perimeter fencing. Some facilities feature an extra layer of security with a Bluetooth electronic lock that allows you to access your self storage unit from your smart device. 

Takeaway

Watching your children participate in school activities is fun and rewarding, and volunteering keeps you in the “know.” Your kids will never admit it, but they love having parents who care enough to get involved in their pastimes. So, go for it – get involved and find a safe, secure, affordable self storage facility. Discuss your options with our friendly, knowledgeable management team, and put that stuff in storage.