CONTAINER STORAGE: ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR LONG-TERM PRESERVATION
Shipping containers are durable and can last up to 20 years. Used shipping containers have been exposed to years of service and weathering, withstanding harsh conditions and maintaining their durability. Unfortunately, shipping containers do not last forever; therefore, it is vital to maintain your shipping container to preserve its longevity.
Tip #1: Weatherproof Your Shipping Container
Inspect the container’s seals and gaskets regularly, replacing damaged or overused parts. Investing in high-quality weather stripping has a significant impact on preventing water infiltration and mold.
Tip #2: Address Rust & Corrosion
Use a wire brush to remove surface rust; then apply a rust converter or inhibitor to prevent further spread. Consider sandblasting the affected area and applying a specialized paint or coating that counteracts corrosion. Check on your stored items periodically to inspect any signs of rust and corrosion affecting your stored goods.
Tip #3: Clean the Exterior
Shipping containers are exposed to various elements. Therefore, it is vital to regularly clean the exterior with mild detergent and water, removing corrosive substances and maintaining the container’s protective coating. After applying cleaning solutions and scrubbing the tough areas, thoroughly rinse your container using a water hose or pressure washer. Make sure to remove all soap residue to prevent streaks and spots.
Tip #4: Clean the Interior
Cleaning the interior prevents musty odors and mold buildup. Regularly clean the interior to remove dirt, dust, and any potential sources of musty odors. Pay attention to corners, crevices, and hidden areas where mold and mildew can develop. If you are experiencing musty odors, use natural deodorizers, such as baking soda, coffee grounds, or activated charcoal.
Tip #5: Protect Against Pests
Seal gaps, keep the surroundings clean, and use non-toxic pet repellents to avoid potential harm. At XCaliber Container, our Basic and Premium Refurbished Shipping Container and our New 1-Trip Shipping Containers come with a 1-Year Warranty against rodents, pests, and leaks.
Tip #6: Seal Air Leaks
Sealing air leaks prevents moisture infiltration, protects stored items, and preserves temperature control. Air leaks can allow moisture to enter the container, forming condensation and mold, mildew, and rust. Moisture and uncontrollable temperature can affect the structural integrity of the container and damage the stored items.
Inspect the containers for any openings that allow cold air to seep in. Seal these air leaks using weatherstripping, caulking, or expanding the foam insulation.
Tip #7: Monitor Temperature
Monitoring temperature prevents condensation and moisture, causing moisture-related problems and damaged stored items. To add, it is recommended to monitor the temperature, as it ensures energy efficiency and reduces the need for excessive heat or cooling. Proper insulation and temperature control systems can contribute to cost savings and a more comfortable environment. Furthermore, if your stored items require a certain climate, controlling and maintaining temperature is necessary.
Invest in a temperature monitoring system or use a wireless thermometer to keep track of the interior temperature of the container remotely. At XCaliber Container, we offer air conditioning and heat units, spray foam insulation, and solar vents, creating a maintainable temperature control system.
A more eco-friendly way to control the temperature is to use energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, such as heat pumps and energy-stared rated supplies. Ensure the container is well-insulated to maintain a stable interior temperature and minimize energy consumption.
Tip #8: Disconnect & Drain Water Supply
If you expect prolonged freezing temperatures or periods when the container will be unoccupied, consider shutting off the water supply and draining the pipes. This precautionary step ensures no water is left in the pipes to freeze and cause damage.
Moreover, to prevent frozen plumping, insulate the pipes with pipe insulation sleeves to create a barrier between the pipes and cold air.
Tip #9: Ensure Proper Ventilation
Ensuring proper ventilation prevents musty odors and preserves the stored products. Install vents or small fans to facilitate the movement of fresh air. You can also keep windows and doors open when weather conditions permit. When opening windows, make sure the shipping container is still safe for your products with window bars.
Tip #10: Choose the Right Container
The foundation of successful long-term storage preservation begins with selecting the appropriate container. Opt for high-quality, durable storage containers with security features. XCaliber Container’s Used and New Shipping Containers are durable containers that withstand their structural integrity through harsh conditions. Security features can be added, including a door bar, lock box, window bars, and window shutters.
Whether you’re downsizing, decluttering, or in the process of a big move, storage and shipping containers can be a lifesaver. However, ensuring that your items remain in pristine condition requires strategic long-term preservation plans. With these long-term preservation tips, your container will last a long time, and your stored items will be safe.
Contact us to learn more about maintaining your storage container!