What Not to Store in Your Storage Unit
While your storage unit can be used to house just about anything you own, there are a few items that are typically not allowed by storage facilities. These restrictions are for safety reasons, for you and for the storage facility. Below is a list of the most common items that don’t belong in your storage unit. This is not an exhaustive list, so check the terms of your lease to determine what other items are prohibited.
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Fresh produce and meats will eventually spoil and attract pests. Ants are small enough to fit through even the tiniest opening. Rodents can cut through a bag of dry dog or cat food, eat it up, and then dig through your other boxes looking for more. Keep perishable foods out of your storage unit!
Combustible, Flammable, Toxic
Anything that is flammable, combustible, toxic, or otherwise hazardous cannot be stored in a storage unit. Examples of hazardous materials include ammunition, gasoline, motor and lamp oil, compressed gas, propane tanks, acid and other corrosive materials, grease, fertilizers, paint, cleaners, chemicals, narcotics, biological waste, asbestos, and fireworks. Basically anything that can catch fire, explode, corrode, and/or is toxic in any way.
Tip: If you store a lawn mower or other gas operated equipment, empty out the gasoline and clean the unit before placing it in storage.
Vehicles, Boats, and Trailers
Properly registered vehicles are typically stored in outdoor storage spaces designated for automobiles, cars, boats, recreational vehicles, trailers, trucks, and work vans, not in the indoor storage units. If you do store these items inside, remove to remove gasoline and oil, as odors can be absorbed by furniture and clothing. For size limits, check out our outdoor storage spaces serving the Fountain Valley / Huntington Beach and Riverside / Corona areas of Southern California.
Plants, Animals, and People
Most people understand that living things need food, water, fresh air, and sunshine to thrive. Live plants, animals, birds, fish in fish tanks, etc. cannot be store in your unit. Deceased animals or plants cannot be stored either, as they will eventually rot, attract pests, disease, and cause mold and odors. And, no, you cannot live in your storage unit.
The average person isn’t going to have radioactive materials, but there are instances when this can happen. For example, if you have a cat with cancer, she might be treated with a pharmaceutical substance that has traces of radioactive particles. In that case, their litter box materials must be disposed of properly. No radioactive equipment or materials can legally be stored in a storage unit. Heavy fines can be assessed by law enforcement for improper disposal of radioactive materials.
Illegal Drugs and Stolen Property
If an item is illegal to possess, or the item is stolen, then it cannot be stored in your storage unit. Enough said!
We hope this article helped you to understand what not to store in your storage unit. If you have other items that you want to store, but you are not sure if it is allowed, check your lease, or call the facility manager (Fountain Valley / Huntington Beach or Riverside / Corona) for guidance. They will be happy to assist you!