Storage units can be a very helpful when you’re moving, or even if you just need to store some items that you don’t have room for in the house. They’re often used as a catch all for the items we don’t have room for, or need immediate access to, but there is another concern you should keep in mind too: not all items can be put into a storage unit. While each storage facility is likely to have its own set of specific rules for what can and cannot be stored, there are some common items that you’ll find on the prohibited list for all storage units, which we’ll go over here.
Any type of hazardous material may not be put in a storage unit. This includes anything that may be considered toxic, flammable, or combustible. Since storage units can get hot (with the exception of climate controlled unit), it creates a great risk if anything hazardous is stored which may react to the temperature. Common items that fall under this category include paint and paint thinner, poisons, fertilizers, oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane and other compressed gasses, grease, chlorine bleach, and any radioactive material. If you have questions that go beyond these items, be sure to reach out to the storage facility directly so that you’re familiar with their policy.
Food is another item that cannot be stored at a facility, whether it’s non-perishable or not. Again, the temperatures in a storage unit can get extreme, both hot and cold, and stored food doesn’t last long in this scenario. Additionally, stored food can rot or if it’s in a can, there’s a risk of explosion. Some facilities won’t allow items that have previously held food either since it presents a risk of mold or mildew infiltrating the other units.
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Weapons & Ammo
Firearms and ammunition are on the prohibited list for just about every storage unit. This one seems relatively obvious to most people since guns and ammunition in a storage container can be a real threat that something could fall and go off accidentally. Aside from the health risks, most facilities don’t allow these items because of the greater liability involved in storing them.
While it’s unclear why someone would think they could put live plants in a storage unit, it’s often something we have to make clear to customers. Not only will your plants not be able to survive in a storage unit that likely offers no sunlight, but they can also attract pests and mold that may cause problems for other people that are renting out a storage unit.
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Other Prohibited Items
We’ve covered most of what cannot be housed in a storage facility, but there are a couple of other random categories of items that you’ll want to be aware of too. For example, anything that is wet cannot be stored in a unit, again because of the possibility of mold and mildew. Fur clothing is another item that may be on a prohibited list for many storage facilities and they may ask that you consider a climate controlled unit. Tires are another item that cannot be stored since they can be flammable and be a problem if the storage unit is put up for auction and someone else has to get rid of the tires. The same goes for any vehicle that is unregistered or uninsured. And finally, anything that is stolen or illegal to possess in the first place cannot be put into a storage unit.