Six Banned Items You Can’t Keep in Storage Units

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TI Storage
August 10th, 2020


Self-Storage unit renting continues to grow in popularity as more and more people are decluttering and downsizing their homes, garages, businesses, and offices. Yet, this isn’t surprising, as storage units can solve several difficult storing problems you may have. However, to set up a secure storage unit, you’ll need to comply with certain requirements and rules.  One of the rules you must follow is specific to items that are not allowed to be stored in your unit. Regulating what goes in your storage unit is important in order to best protect your items and keep the storage facility safe. If you don’t follow the specific guidelines presented to you, you may be responsible for any damage or issues that occur. With that said, here are six banned items you should never keep in your storage unit. 

Live Animals or People

Believe it or not, people have left their animals inside a storage unit while they are away on vacation or need a place for their pet to stay for a while. However, keeping your pet inside a dark and lonely storage unit without the attention it needs could put your pet in danger. Storage units are not equipped to properly care for your pets, therefore, do the right thing and board your pet with a sitter, friend, family member, or kennel. The same situation applies for people. Do not ever attempt to live or have someone live in your storage unit. If you or someone else is caught living in a storage unit, you will be kicked out immediately because it is almost certainly against your rental contract. Not only does it breach your agreement, but it violates the law in many ways.  

Perishable Food

When you start reviewing the list of what’s banned from storing in your unit, you’ll notice that perishable foods should never be stored in your unit. These include: 
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Vegetables 
  • Dairy products 
While some non-perishable items like canned foods can be stored without the risk of going bad, mold and bacteria can build up on perishable foods including dry food or pet food. Also, leaving food in your storage unit can attract unwanted rodents and insects that can eat your food, chew on your valuables, or even nest in your unit. 

Living Plants 

Plants need sunlight, water, and oxygen to survive. If you store your plants in a unit with no natural light, they will not be able to thrive and get the nutrients they need to grow. It’s best not to put plants in a storage unit since they can cause dirt and debris to build up around your unit, attract mold and insects due to the humidity levels, and leave your unit with an unpleasant odor. 

Stolen or Illegal items 

Keep in mind that your storage unit isn’t a hub for any illegal or stolen items. Anything that is not owned by you or if you don’t have permission to store them from the owner are not allowed to be kept in your unit. Examples of stolen or illegal items include: 
  • Cars
  • Drugs 
  • Weapons 
  • Evidence to a crime 
If a storage facility manager notices anything sketchy going on in your unit, they may call the police to further investigate what’s going on in your unit. 

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials can pose a threat to health, property or safety if exposed in your unit. Hazardous materials are toxic chemical substances that can introduce substantive damage to your belongings, the storage unit, or the facility itself. Any combustible, explosive, corrosive, or flammable materials should not be kept inside your unit. Some types of hazardous materials include:
  • Chemicals
  • Aerosol cans
  • Gases
  • Fuel 
  • Propane tanks 
  • Oils
  • Paints 
  • Cleaners
  • Ammunition
  • Pesticides
  • Fireworks 

Wet or Scented Items

If you don’t want to deal with the nuisance of bugs, rodents, mold, or mildew, don’t plan on storing anything wet or scented in your storage unit. All types of vermin love the smell of strong scents like soaps, perfumes, or lotions that can lead to an infestation of creatures crawling and flying around your unit. Make sure to check if it’s supposed to rain before you move into your unit to ensure boxes, towels, or other items don’t get wet. This can help you prevent mold and mildew from building up in a humid storage unit. If you’re worried about high humidity levels, consider a climate-controlled unit to preserve your valuable belongings. 

Understand What to Store with Treasure Island Storage 

When you choose to rent a storage unit in New York or New Jersey with Treasure Island Storage, one of our storage experts will discuss with you all there is to know about keeping your unit out of harm’s way. This way you can get started on preparing your unit with everything you’ll need to easily access and preserve your belongings.  At Treasure Island Storage, we prioritize our renters’ needs above all else, which is why we walk you through our storage process and make sure to review our storage unit rental agreements with you thoroughly. We take immense pride in not only offering top-notch amenities, but in the happiness of our customers. If you’re ready to explore your storage solution or have any concerns related to what’s banned from our units, call us today at (212) 804-8972 or fill out our contact form


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