If you are moving and need a place to store your appliances for a period of time, you may decide to rent a self-storage unit. While this is a great option for storing personal goods, there are several steps you should take before you place your appliances in a storage unit.
Empty Them First
The first step of preparing your appliances for storage is to empty them. If the appliance contains water of any kind, you must drain it from the device. This includes:
- Defrosting a freezer
- Emptying water from a refrigerator ice maker or water dispenser
- Removing water from the hoses attached to a washing machine or dishwasher
Leaving water inside your appliances may cause problems. The first problem is freezing. If the weather gets cold and the storage shed is unheated, the water could freeze and destroy your appliances.
The second problem this causes is mildew. If the weather is hot, mold and mildew may begin forming, but this is only a problem when there is moisture present. Always remove all water before storing these items and make sure you give the appliances plenty of time to dry out before closing them up.
Clean The Appliances
The second step is cleaning the appliances. A dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer are appliances that really do not need to be cleaned, but you should clean an oven, refrigerator, and a microwave before storing it.
Ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators may contain food particles, which will attract rodents and bugs. By cleaning out your appliances first, you will reduce the chances of unwanted pests getting inside your things.
Finally, you may want to take the appropriate measures to protect the exterior parts of the appliances. You can do this by:
- Taping the doors shut – this will prevent the doors from swinging open while you are moving them, and it will keep pests out of the devices.
- Wrapping them up – you can purchase large rolls of clear packaging wrap. If you place this around the appliances, they will be less likely to get scuffed and dented. This will also prevent bugs from getting in as easy. If you do not have packaging wrap, you could place blankets or sheets around the appliances.
By following these three tips, your appliances should stay safe and sound while packed in your storage shed. To learn more about how to protect your personal belongings, call a storage shed company, such as Epic Group Inc, today.