Posted on: 2 September 2016
There are many things that can damage your belongings while they're in storage, but perhaps the most common culprit is flooding. The National Flood Insurance Program reports floods are the top natural disaster in America, causing over $1.9 billion in damage every year. If you live in areas where the flood risk is high or just want to protect your belongings from water damage, here are two tips for safeguarding your stored items from flooding.
Location, Location, Location
Possibly the best preventative measure you can take is to choose where you place your items wisely. The storage facility should be one that can withstand the force of flood waters. You can take all the precautions you want inside the unit, but it won't make any difference if the unit itself will be knocked over or broken down from the pressure exerted by rushing water.
Look for a facility with units made from flood-resistant materials, such as brick or concrete. The units should be secured to the ground. Some storage facilities have units that are essentially large removable containers. These units can easily get swept away by flood waters, taking your belonging along with them.
Opt for a storage unit on an upper floor; the higher up the better. This will significantly reduce the risk you'll experiencing any flooding from a natural or manmade disaster. It may also be a good idea to get a climate controlled unit to help keep humidity under control if water does make it into the area.
Raise Up Your Belongings
Another thing you should do is avoid storing your belongings on the floor. Instead, store boxes on shelves and racks where the bottom rung is at least a foot off the floor. Place the items that are most important to you on the topmost shelf to maximize the distance away from rising water.
Furniture that won't fit on shelves can still be elevated using pallets. Not only does elevating your items help protect them from being damaged by water, it helps promote good air circulation for faster drying if your belongings do get water logged.
Things that must be stored on the floor due to space restraints should be placed in plastic containers. Seal the lids with tape or wrap the entire container in plastic. Furniture should also be wrapped in waterproof materials such as plastic or rubber.
Lastly, if you live in an area where flooding is common or you get ample warning a flood may occur, take a moment to place sandbags just inside the door to help reduce the amount of water that may find its way inside the unit.
For more tips on protecting your belongings from floods, contact a storage facility in your area, such as Ventu Storage Center.Share