Self-Storage To Reduce Flood Damage

Sometimes, the places that people choose to live are beautiful, but prone to natural disasters, like flooding. Do you live in an area that is known to flood from time to time? If so, you know the dreadful task of cleaning up after a flood and throwing away some of the things that you had hoped to keep for many more years. Have you thought about renting a storage unit to help prevent the loss of those keepsakes and valuables that you don't want destroyed by a flood?

Packing the Items

To keep the things that you want to keep in good condition, they must be properly packed for long-term storage.

  • Clothing – Stored in plastic bins in an organized fashion.
  • Musical Instruments – Instruments, like guitars, trumpets, clarinets, flutes, etc. should be stored in their carrying cases after being properly cleaned.
  • Photographs – Stored in boxes or bins neatly. Try to put the pictures in albums meant for photo storage to protect the images from the wear of time.
  • Sporting Goods – Must be cleaned, leather treated and stored neatly in bins or boxes.

These are just a few examples of how to store things. If you are unsure of how to pack an item to protect it for the long-term, clean it, wrap it in acid-free tissue paper and store it in an acid-free box. This is a sure way to protect any type of item from deteriorating and becoming damaged while in storage.

Transporting the Items

Once you have the items packed up, you have to transport them from your home to the storage facility. If you have a small car that doesn't fit a lot of boxes and you want to get it all taken care of in fewer trips, consider renting a van or moving truck to transport them. You don't want to try transporting more than your vehicle can handle because you could end up damaging the items you are trying to protect.

Choose the Storage Unit

The storage unit that you use for long-term storage of your items should be climate-controlled. Without a climate-controlled environment, the items could be exposed to extreme temperatures and moisture – both of which will damage just about anything that you put in storage to protect.

So, other than protecting the thing of monetary or sentimental value, why would you use self-storage if you have the space at home to store these things? Think about how much time you would save after a flood if you didn't have all of that stuff in your home to sort through – the time and effort that you save will be well worth the investment in itself.