5 Things You Shouldn’t Store in a Storage Unit

Delta Self Storage Facility

A self-storage facility is great for anyone who’s in the middle of moving into a new home, remodeling an existing living space, or has just run out of room.

Extra space storage units offer customers safety and security, a chance to protect important or cherished possessions without having to clutter their homes.

But there are limits to what you can store in these units. For safety reasons, there are a few things you shouldn’t store in a self-storage unit, including:


1. Food

Ask anyone in the world of self-storage about things that shouldn’t be stored, and “Food products” will likely top their list.

Food – and this includes pet food – should never be kept in a storage space. Even in a climate-controlled unit, anything perishable will begin to decay, giving off a smell that attracts insects and rodents.

Those pests will then damage the other items in your unit by chewing or even nesting in them (while also using your storage space as their bathroom).

Worse still, this vermin invasion can spread to the rest of the facility. And even if rats and roaches don’t make their way into your storage unit, the rotting food can produce mold and bacteria, which cause their own brand of damage.


2. Animals and plants

This one should go without saying. Keeping an animal in a storage unit is both illegal and unkind, not to mention dangerous.

Storing plants is a bad idea too. They need fresh air, sunlight and water, none of which can be found inside storage units.


3. Tires

This comes with a caveat: We realize people use self-storage facilities to house their vehicles, and those vehicles include tires.

We’re talking about loose tires. They present a fire hazard, and they can be difficult and costly to dispose of if a customer decides to abandon their storage unit.

And since we’re talking about vehicle storage, you should forget about storing vehicles that are unregistered, uninsured or undrivable.


4. Flammable and corrosive items

This category includes propane tanks, gasoline, oil, grease, kerosene and anything else that might catch fire easily. Other items on this list: cleaners, ammonia or bleach, insecticides, fertilizers and paint, as well as car batteries, aerosol cans and fireworks.


5. Scented or wet items

Just like food, scented materials can attract insects and vermin. And wet items will produce mold and mildew, causing damage to your other possessions. Make sure the things you’re storing are dry before you pack them away inside your unit.

By the way, it goes without saying — living in a storage unit is illegal.

If you’re not sure what you should and shouldn’t store in a storage unit, it’s a good idea to check with the staff of your self-storage facility.

Delta Storage is happy to assist its customers in meeting their storage needs. Contact us today to find out what you can – and can’t – keep in our units.