7 Steps To Storing Electronics In A Storage Facility

Most items you need to place in a self storage facility can be simply boxed, tagged, and stacked into your unit. However, if you are storing electronics, there are special preparations that you need to take to ensure the items are not damaged while in storage. Here are some steps to take to prepare your electronics for storage. 

  1. Rent a climate-controlled unit. Fluctuations in the humidity in your storage unit can be damaging to electronics. Humidity can cause moisture buildup in the electronics, which causes cracking and other related problems. A climate-controlled unit provides a stable temperature without the humidity issues. 
  2. Wipe off the electronics. Dust can clog your electronics and cause problems. For instance, dust can clog a fan vent on a computer and lead to overheating when you get the computer out of storage and try to use it again. Therefore, make sure to thoroughly dust and clean your electronics before storing them.
  3. Remove all cables and wires. When the cables and wires are left connected to your electronics, they put a strain on the electronics' connectors. As a result, when you do remove them from storage, the electronics might need repair. Therefore it is best to remove cables and wires before storing your items. For easier reassembly after getting them out of storage, take a picture of the setup before taking out the cables and wires. 
  4. Take out batteries. Over time, the batteries in your electronics can swell and leak acid into your electronics. The result is damage to vital components necessary for the operation of the items.
  5. Use the original packaging. The original packaging for an electronic is specifically designed to protect and secure it. If you do not have the packaging, Styrofoam can be used to help create a snug fit.
  6. Wrap each electronic. If you do not have the original packaging for your electronics, wrapping them in dust sheets will provide protection. Never use plastic. Plastic prevents air from flowing through the electronics, which can lead to a buildup of moisture.  
  7. Label each box with details. Due to the sensitivity of electronics, it is important that you do not stack heavy items on top of them. Items such as a monitor or scanner glass could be broken. The labels on the boxes help to ensure that fragile items do not end up on the bottom.

Taking the time to prepare your electronics before you place them in storage can save you money later. If properly stored, you will not have to replace damaged items when you finally do take the items out of storage. Talk to a company like California Storagemasters for more tips on properly storing your electronics.