Condensation Prevention Advice An Important Read
Condensation can be an issue in storage units. Storage units at Whiteball Self Store are insulated with layers of PU foam which greatly reduces the possibility of condensation but there are also ways that you can help protect your goods.
The unit will be dry when you put your goods into storage so where does the moisture that forms condensation come from? Our household effects hold more moisture than we think. Just a few litres of water trapped in your goods can have a devastating effect over time.
Warm days evaporate moisture from household effects. When the temperature drops, the moisture will settle out on to the surfaces of the stored goods. In your house you normally see little or no effect from this moisture dispersion because of the day to day movement of air & heating. This can become an issue in a relatively sealed space with no heating.
Moisture attracts mould and rust. Mould can grow on organic surfaces & make fabrics smell musty. Rust & oxidation will affect metal objects. After long periods of storage the chances of visible signs of deterioration increase & you should be prepared for this. Leaving goods in an unheated house or room for very long periods of time would be a good comparison.
Our experience informs us that customers rarely if ever check their units and even our insulated units are unable to hold back time; they are after all the equivalent of an unheated house as mentioned above. If you are planning to store for more than two years you should consider storing within a building. This of course will cost a lot more in storage fees than storage at Whiteball Self Storage as we are half the price of building self storage. It is a judgment call for you to make.
Steps to help protect from condensation
1: We offer a dehumidification service. This will help reduce any moisture in your goods.
2: Store dry clothes in vac bags available from shops such as Argos. We do not recommend polythene mattress covers due to them trapping moisture.
3: We strongly recommend the use of plastic storage boxes as cardboard retains moisture.
4: If you are planning to store for in excess of 12 months, please make due consideration to the possible deterioration of your goods. With regards to any damage to goods from moisture, you store all goods at your own risk.
5: Do not store garden furniture or shed contents with your household effects.
6: Ensure your white goods are thoroughly dried before you put them into store.
7: Check your unit on a regular basis and ask for dehumidification if necessary.
We have made every effort to limit the effects of natural condensation and recommend that you follow the advice above. We cannot be held liable for condensation or mould damage caused by moisture already in the goods you store. The Whiteball Self Storage Insurance Option does not cover moisture or mould damage to goods.