Mobile storage containers allow you to store a wide variety of residential and commercial items. Almost anything that can be stored inside a home, office, storage closet, job site, store room or off-site warehouse can be stored inside portable storage containers. However, there are items that can’t be stored inside mobile storage units.
What Can’t Be Stored in Mobile Storage Units
The mobile storage experts at A.B. Richards – the leading supplier of ground-level storage containers in the Northeast since 1982 – have put together a list of items that cannot and should not be stored in these units.
Some of these might seem obvious, while others might surprise you:
- Hazardous Materials: These include all chemical, toxic and otherwise potentially dangerous substances and materials that are flammable, corrosive or explosive. Examples of these type of items include, but are not limited to, gasoline, kerosene, propane tanks, motor oil, fertilizers, paint, paint thinner, batteries of any kind, ammonia, bleach, cleaning solvents, aerosols, poisons, pesticides, charcoal, charcoal lighters, nail polish, nail polish remover, darkroom chemicals, swimming pool chemicals, sternos, chemistry sets, matches, lamp oils, grease, waste, asbestos and products containing asbestos.
- Food: This includes perishable and non-perishable food and food products of any kind as they will spoil and attract unwanted visitors of the insect variety.
- Animals, People, and Plants: Storage containers are not meant to house any type of person, plant or animal. They are also not meant to house the remains of pets or other loved ones who have passed away.
- Vehicles: Do not store registered or unregistered vehicles of any kind inside mobile containers. This includes cars, trucks, vans, boats, RVs, trailers, ATVs or motorcycles. It is not only unwelcome but also unsafe because of the fuel and fluids they contain to run them.
- Illegal Items: This includes, but not limited to, stolen property, drugs, and drug-related paraphernalia.
- Weapons: This includes firearms, explosives, fireworks, ammunition, gun powder and other potentially threatening weapons and devices.
Other Items Not Recommended for Mobile Storage Units
There are also items not recommended for storage inside mobile units. For example, computer equipment and other electronics and personal devices, appliances, books, and artwork could become compromised if stored long-term.
However, if you take the proper precautions for some of these non-recommended items – such as in the case of musical instruments and wood furniture – they should be fine.
As long as your items are not on the list of what not to store in portable storage containers, you’ll find that you can easily and securely store inventory, equipment, construction materials and key documents inside of them, just as our many business owners, retailer, contractor and homeowner customers throughout the Northeast have found.
The beauty of renting or leasing portable storage containers from A.B. Richards is the convenience of having your most prized possessions right on premises without cluttering your home, business, school, retail store or construction site.
To learn more about our portable storage options and join the ranks of our wide variety of container customers, contact A.B. Richards today at (800) 597-5971.