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Is Your Storage Building Water Proof

Aug 4, 2008
It has always been traditional to save things. You name it and we will save it. Clothes that have been outgrown, miscellaneous furniture, curtains and draperies, toys, home decorations, and of course our treasured collectibles, like books or a thousand other things we take an interest in, can fill our houses to overflowing. Once all of the basement area, attic space, and closets in the home are all filled up, the next step will usually be to get a storage building of our own or rent a space in a storage facility somewhere near by.

It is really ridiculous to accumulate so much stuff, but some of us just can not seem to help it. Then there are times when we move or remodel our home when we might only need to use a storage facility or out building temporarily. Whatever the reason, we will need to make sure that any of the items that we store will be protected from water damage and mold.

If you are going to rent a storage space, be sure and ask the owner if it is entirely water proof. They will probably tell you it is and they should be insured just in case something did happen to any of your things while they are there. The reason that it is so important for the storage unit to be waterproof is because water or excessive moisture can ruin items like wood or upholstered furniture, unprotected clothes, and paper or books. When things like this get wet or even damp enough, it is a prefect breeding ground for mold.

Three elements are required to produce mold and they are moisture, warmth, and food. When mold begins to grow on one wet item, it will spread to any other things that are near by and damp too. If you have things stored in a facility that has all three of these conditions present, over a short period of time, it could all be ruined.

Taking appropriate precautions with your mold prone items is the best assurance against it. Whether you are using a rented storage facility or you use your own storage building at home, be sure to cover your furniture with plastic and secure it to keep it dry. Put clothing and any other fabrics in plastic bins with lids to keep moisture and insects out.

Use plastic bins as well to protect books or other paper materials. Make sure the lids are secure. Doing this will protect your things from water and mold for a good long while until you are ready for them again.
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