What You Can and Cannot (Or Should Not) Store in a Storage Unit

When considering storing your goods in a storage unit, it is very important for you to have a clear understanding of what you can and cannot store in this type of storage facility. At Allstate self-storage, we usually advise our customers on the various things that they can entrust to us, and those that we cannot store. In over 35 years that we have been in operation, we have been asked many questions regarding this matter. The following are some of the commonly asked questions: -

What types of foods can you store?

No perishables can be stored in storage units, even using coolers or for short periods of time, this includes; cereals, milk, vegetables, fruits and meats. These types of foods get spoilt easily, and also tend to attract insects. Undamaged canned foods are allowed in storage units since they have an extended shelf life and will not attract rodents.

Are hazardous substances allowed in storage units?

The answer to that is an obvious no. Flammables, toxics or combustibles cannot be stored in a storage unit. Some of the hazardous and toxic substances that should not be kept in a storage unit include asbestos, gasoline, kerosene, corrosives, biological waste, fertilizer, narcotics and compressed gas. Others include explosives, ammunition, fireworks and weapons among others.

Can you store pharmaceutical equipment and supplies?

Pharmaceutical supplies can be kept in a storage unit. However, radioactive equipment cannot be stored in storage units. Storing any equipment that contains radioactive substances is not only dangerous, but also illegal in many states.

Is storing a vehicle in a storage unit acceptable?

It is acceptable to store a vehicle in a storage unit. However, the vehicles should be in operational condition, registered and insured. Otherwise, they can’t be stored.

Can construction equipment be kept in storage units?

There is construction equipment that can be kept in a storage unit, but there is also equipment that is prohibited those that are prohibited. An example of prohibited construction equipment is the one that is used to trace underground water.  Consult with the storage company of your choice for specific information on storage your construction equipment.

Other things that may not be allowed in storage units include animals, plants and stolen items. If you are considering storing your items in a storage unit, you can contact our support staff and you will be advised on the types of goods you can or cannot store in our storage unit.


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