Best Practices for Storage

Published on 7/29/2019

Do and Don’t Storage Guide

The threat of damaged storage items typically comes as a result of climate, especially by changes in temperature and humidity.

Eagle Bay Storage, LLC - Does not offer Climate Controlled services or units. Summer or Winter, the items you store will be at the current outside temperature and humidity which can be as low as -40F to +90F and 100% humidity. Be sure to follow best practices in storing your items to avoid damage and disappointment.

What Not to Store

Gasses/Toxins—aerosol cans, gasoline, propane tanks, paint, car batteries, pesticides, hairspray, etc.

Candles and Scented Items—the smell will permeate boxes and plastic and seep into cloth. It will never leave. Also, there is nothing that will attract bugs faster than scents or liquid.

Ammunition/Explosives—it’s illegal to store ammunition and explosives in most states. Units can become dangerously hot and, well, gunpowder and heat aren’t friends.

Food/Liquid—don’t even risk it. Even canned food can bloat in storage over time, and if something should burst, you will be overrun with rodents and mold.

Climate-Controlled Unit- which are not available at Eagle Bay Storage, LLC.

For best outcomes, climate controlled units are better for storing some things.

Artwork—beware humidity and temperature change. It can cause canvas sagging, paint cracking, frame distortion, sunspots, and more.

Wool/Clothing/Carpets— humidity will cause molding, if you do store items that absorb moisture, store in sealed cartons or consider wrapping in plastic.

Books/Documents—heat and humidity are the danger with books and documents. If exposed to either, the paper’s shape will distort and its print will fade.

Musical Instruments—you MUST keep instruments in climate-controlled units. If you don’t, wind instrument strings snap or lose their ability to be tuned.

Photos—nothing will ruin pictures faster than throwing them in a box in a hot or cold unit. Prints will stick together and bubble. If it is humid in the unit, they will also bend.

These additional considerations may also be helpful

Use a disc or cylinder lock • These locks provide a higher level of security compared to other locks.
Cover your items with plastic or moving sheets • This will better protect your items from dust, moisture, etc.
Keep moisture sensitive items off of the floor • Pallets (or other supports) should be used to elevate your items and allow air to move around your items.
Do not store 'valuables' • Jewelry, currency, or other valuable items should not be stored.
Do not store flammable or hazardous materials • Storing these items are dangerous to you and the facility.

Do not put plastic sheeting on the floor • plastic will trap moisture between concrete and plastic and will keep moisture in your unit and potentially other units near yours. High humidity and higher temperature air will migrate into closed units and this hot moist air can condense when it reaches the colder concrete floor. It will naturally dissipate when the climate and relative humidity changes.
Make an inventory of your stored items •For your own personal reasons, it's a good practice to know what you have in your unit.