8 Items That Cannot be Placed in a Storage Unit

Oct 25, 2022 in Self-Storage Leave a Comment

If you are looking to rent a storage unit for your business or to store your personal belongings, it is crucial to understand what can and cannot be placed in the unit. As a leading provider of quality self-store solutions, the team at LoknStore knows how difficult it can be to get a comprehensive list of prohibited items for storage units. That is why we have provided a list of 8 items that cannot be placed in a storage unit to ensure that you have the information you need to stay compliant with facility rules while ensuring that your belongings are safe.

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What Cannot be Placed in a Storage Unit?

The following items should never be placed in a storage unit:

1. Food

Perishable food items should never be placed in storage as they can rot or decay over time. The scent of this food can then attract insects and rodents, which can lead to damage to your belongings.

2. Plants

Plants require sunlight and water to grow, neither of which can be found in a storage unit. Most plants will wither and perish in a storage facility, so they should never be placed in one. Withering plants can also attract various insects, increasing the risk of damage to your belongings.

3. Hazardous Materials

Any items that burn, explode, or corrode can pose a serious risk while in a storage unit. Fuels, chemicals, acids, pesticides, aerosols, and fireworks are not suitable for prolonged storage as they can spill, open, or burst and cause damage to other items within the unit.

4. Uninsured Vehicles

To store a vehicle, it must be insured, in good repair, and placed in a suitable storage unit. Scrapped and uninsured vehicles are not permitted in most storage facilities.

5. Wet Items

Before placing an item in your storage unit, it is crucial to ensure that it is completely dry. Moisture creates the ideal conditions for mold, mildew, and bacteria, so be sure to take the time to dry off your seasonal sporting gear, camping gear, and other items as needed.

6. Tires

While insured vehicles and the four tires they are equipped with can be stored in your unit, loose tires cannot. Tires are prohibited by most storage facilities due to the risk of being left with disposal fees should you stop paying for your unit.

7. Weapons & Ammunition

Firearms and ammunition are typically not allowed in storage units due to the risk of accidental discharge or explosion. Firearms can also create issues for the storage facility if they are discovered when unloading a unit that is no longer being paid for.

8. Animals

While this should go without saying, the unfortunate reality is that some people have tried to use a storage unit as a temporary kennel for their pets in the past. Animals should never be left alone in your storage unit for any amount of time. If you can no longer care for your pet after a move or due to your current circumstances, leave them with a trusted friend or family member.

To learn more about our storage unit rentals or for assistance choosing the perfect solution for your needs, get in touch with the team at LoknStore. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our storage solutions.