Winter is here and it is predicted that it will be one of the coldest that South Africa has seen in many years. If you have items kept in a self-storage unit, now is the time to start thinking about how you can protect your belongings from the cold weather. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your unit for winter.

Protect Your Electronics 

Just like your car, your electronics need to be winterised before the cold weather hits. If you’re not careful, condensation can form inside your devices and cause all sorts of problems. To protect your electronics, start by making sure they’re clean and dry. If possible, remove any batteries and store them in a warm, dry place. Next, consider investing in a moisture-absorbing packet or desiccant. These packets are designed to absorb moisture from the air, preventing condensation from forming inside your devices. Finally, make sure your electronics are stored in a cool, dry place. If possible, store them in a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

Use Airtight Containers 

If you’re storing any items that are susceptible to freezing, such as food or beverages, it’s important to take steps to protect them from the cold. The best way to do this is to store them in airtight containers. This will help to keep them fresh and prevent them from freezing. You can purchase airtight containers specifically designed for freezer storage, or you can use regular storage containers and seal them tightly with tape. Whatever type of container you choose, be sure to label it clearly so that you know what’s inside. And when in doubt, err on the side of caution and throw it out. 

Use Fireproof Storage Boxes 

Fireproof storage boxes are a great way to protect your most valuable belongings. If you have any items that are particularly important to you, such as family photos or important documents, storing them in a fireproof box is a good idea. This will help to protect them from the elements and prevent them from being damaged by the cold. Fireproof boxes are available in a variety of sizes, so you can choose one that is large enough to accommodate all of your belongings. They are also typically made from durable materials, so you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and sound.

Insulate Your Unit 

When the temperature starts to drop, it’s important to make sure your self-storage unit is properly insulated. This will help to keep your belongings warm and prevent them from being damaged by the cold. If possible, invest in a storage unit with climate control. This will help to regulate the temperature inside your unit, keeping your belongings safe from the cold.

Dry Your Summer Items

If you have any summer items, such as pool toys or garden furniture, that you won’t be using during the winter months, it’s important to make sure they’re completely dry before storing them away. If possible, store them in a self-storage unit that has climate control. This will help to prevent mould and mildew from developing. 

Wrap Your Belongings

If you have any items that are particularly susceptible to damage from the cold, such as electronics or family heirlooms, it’s a good idea to wrap them in bubble wrap or blankets. This will help to protect them from the elements and prevent them from being damaged by the cold.

Consider Insurance

When storing your belongings during the winter months, it’s important to consider insurance. If possible, invest in a storage unit that is insured against damage from the elements. This will help to protect your belongings if they are damaged by the cold.

Prep Your Machinery

If you’re storing any machinery, such as lawnmowers, it’s important to prepare them for storage before the cold weather hits. To do this, make sure they’re clean and dry. If possible, remove any batteries and store them in a warm, dry place. Next, add a layer of lubricant to all moving parts. This will help to prevent rust and corrosion. Finally, make sure your machinery is stored in a cool, dry place. If possible, store them in a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

Keep Electronics Off the Ground

When storing electronics, it’s important to keep them off the ground. If possible, store them on a shelf or in a storage box. This will help to prevent them from being damaged by the cold.

Use a Space Heater

If you’re storing any items that are particularly susceptible to damage from the cold, such as electronics or family heirlooms, it’s a good idea to use a space heater. This will help to keep your belongings warm and prevent them from being damaged by the cold.

Check your Storage Unit Regularly

During the winter months, it’s important to check on your belongings regularly. This will help to make sure they’re not being damaged by the cold. If you notice any problems, such as mould or mildew, it’s important to address them as soon as possible.

The winter months can be tough on your belongings. By taking the time to prepare your self-storage unit, you can help to protect your belongings from the cold. By following these tips, you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and sound all winter long.

About Prestige Storage 

Whether you need to store a few boxes or an entire office’s worth of furniture, Prestige Storage has the perfect solution for you. Our safe and secure storage units are available in a variety of sizes, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your needs. In addition, our professional staff is always on hand to provide assistance and answer any questions you may have. Best of all, our competitive rates make Prestige Storage the perfect choice for budget-minded customers. So if you’re looking for safe, convenient, and affordable storage in Johannesburg, look no further than Prestige Storage.

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