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Self-Storage DONTs – What Not to put in Your London Storage Unit

posted: 7th October

London storageStorage units are great when you need to make some space around the house or keep your belongings safe for a period of time. However, some things are just not meant to be placed there. Let’s check out what are the biggest DONTs when it comes to self-storage in London.

1. Animals and Pets

Storages are not equipped for hosting a living creature. You should never leave your pet there. The weather conditions are harsh in some cases there is not enough air, not to mention the animal will stay alone in the dark. There are specialised pet hotels or pounds where you can leave your animal for a short period of times when you are out of town for example.

2. Plants

Do not put your house vegetation in your storage unit even for a day or two. The lack of sunlight can be detrimental to them. Some plants have a special requirement when it comes to temperature and humidity levels that can’t be easily met thus, the self-storage is not the place for them. Consider giving your leafy friends to a friend or make other arrangements.

3. Food Products

You might argue that if the food is canned there should be no problem, however cans and jar lids a can explode if the temperatures in the storage unit go over/under a certain degree. Not to mention if the product has a manufacturing defect. Cleaning tomato souse from the walls of your unit is the least of your worries. Mould and mildew are just waiting for the right opportunity to grow and spread. And of course, if there is food, there are insects. Overall it is an extremely bad idea to keep food in your London self-storage.

toxic materials in a London storage4. Chemicals and Toxic Materials

The list here goes on and on. Some things are just too dangerous to be left unattended in a storage unit. Even the slightest change in the conditions in the unit can cause a serious problem and sometimes even potentially lethal situations. Avoid storing combustible, flammable, hazardous or toxic items like gasoline, compressed gas, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, acid, corrosives, fertilizer, propane tanks, biological or toxic waste, asbestos or products that contain it.

5. Valuable Antiques

Even if you have chosen a unit that is under 24/7 surveillance, you can never be a 100% certain your valuables are safe. Actually most storage facilities have a policy against keeping antiques there. For example, paintings have very specific requirements when it comes to the way they are preserved, you can’t possibly meet them in a regular storage unit. The same goes for expensive carpeting, porcelain or jewellery. They need to be sealed up in a volt if you truly want to preserve them.

6. Illegal Stuff

It goes without saying, but you can’t keep in your storage unit illegal substances, weapons, unregistered or stolen vehicles. Every suspicious activity is closely monitored so make sure to strictly follow the law when it comes to your self-storage.

bills7. Money

We are talking about bills in particular. The reason is simple if the paper is improperly stored for a long period of time it can get damaged or straight out fall apart. If you want to keep your savings hidden you might want to try your local bank instead. Most bills are susceptible to changes in the humidity levels and not to mention what can happen if there is a leaking pipe in your unit.

Most London storage facilities have strict rules when it comes to what you can and can’t keep in their units. Be certain to check all of the requirement before renting.

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