How to Pack Appliances in Self-Storage
While packing most belongings in a self-storage unit may be quite simple and straightforward, preparing appliances for storage may be a bit trickier. Some household appliances contain hazardous or damaging materials, so packing them requires careful preparation. Before placing any appliance in self-storage, here are some suggestions to help ensure that they will be safe and ready for use when needed in the future.
Preparing Your Refrigerator for Self-Storage
Make sure that you empty out your refrigerator and freezer, then defrost. To speed up the thawing process, place a microwavable bowl of hot water inside the freezer. Re-heat the bowl of hot water as needed. After you are done defrosting your refrigerator and freezer, clean thoroughly. Check the pipes and hoses, removing any standing water. Dry the refrigerator and freezer thoroughly to avoid any mildew from forming. A hair dryer is useful in drying out the entire interior of your refrigerator, especially those hard-to-reach places. Be extra careful with the electrical cord around water. Keep the inside of your appliance dry by wiping it down with baking soda. Then tie the doors down so they remain closed while moving them to the self-storage facility, but keep them slightly ajar once in storage to prevent mildew.
Securely Packing Electronic Appliances
It is best to pack electronic appliances in their original box or packaging. However, if you do not have these anymore, you can use a box that is close to the size of your appliance. For example, get a box that is the same size as your television so you get a snug fit. If there are any empty spaces, fill these with paper. If possible, wrap your television with a blanket to cushion it and keep it safe while being moved. Seal the box with a packaging tape and place a big label on it that reads “FRAGILE”.
Packing a Washer or Dryer for Self-Storage
Your washer and dryer also need to be emptied of all liquids and carefully cleaned and dried before packing them for storage. If there is standing water inside the washer, dip it out using a measuring cup. Thoroughly wipe down the interior of the washer and dryer. Make sure that you clean out any leftover liquids from the detergent or bleach compartments. Detach any pipes and tubing. Drain any moisture inside by hanging it up or using a hair dryer. Fasten the doors shut when moving, but prop them open once inside the storage unit to prevent mildew from forming.
Storing Your Lawn Mower Safely
Hazardous materials are generally banned at self-storage facilities, so be sure to drain and clean out all gas from your lawn mower. Aside from decreasing the possibility of accidents due to hazardous substances, doing this also keeps the tank and fuel lines from becoming gummed up. To empty gasoline from your mower, use a wide shallow container, set it beside the mower, then tilt the mower until all the gas drains out. Once this is done, run the lawn mower until it stops, so all the gasoline is used up. Prevent rusting by cleaning the mower thoroughly, especially underneath. Lastly, rub oil on all the metal attachments for added rust protection.
Preparing Your Dishwasher Before Storing
Drain and clean the dishwasher. Check and make sure that the filter is removed. Clean out any remnants of food or residue to prevent mold and to avoid attracting pests. Carefully clean and dry the dishwasher. You can either gather and tie any hanging parts, or remove them completely and keep them inside the dishwasher for self-storage. Be careful when moving dishwashers into or out of the storage unit. Make sure that the doors are tied or taped securely shut to avoid injuries. Once in storage, remember to prop the doors open.
By following these tips, you are guaranteed to be safe while moving your appliances into our self-storage facility and also have your belongings in great condition during their slumber and once you are ready to get them back. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at (330) 875-4237 or (330) 875-8030 or email us today.