Guide to shipping container maintenance
Easy Shipping Container Maintenance Tips
Shipping containers were built to last and endure harsh weather, heavy loads and lots of movement, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of the one you recently purchased. East Coast Containers has highlighted the top 7 shipping container maintenance tips you should perform to maximize its lifespan. These care & maintenance tips are simple and only need to be done every 3 – 6 months. Follow our guide below to keep your container in top shape!
7-Step Guide to Care & Shipping Container Maintenance
Keep on Level Ground: Level ground, preferably a hard surface, will prevent pools of water from surrounding the bottom of your container and causing corrosion. East Coast Containers even recommends raising the shipping container a few inches above the ground using concrete blocks for added protection.
Regularly Clean Dirt & Rust: A mix of Windex and water works wonders to remove surface dirt & rust. This cleaning should be done at least every 3 months to reduce corrosion.
Replace Worn Seals: Rubber seals on the doors are vital to keeping out moisturizer. Make sure to inspect them every 6 months to 1 year and replace any that look worn or if your shipping container has been getting leaks or rust on the walls.
Grease Door Hinges: Especially when purchasing a used storage container, the hinges should get a good coating of grease periodically to prevent any seizing and ensure the doors open/close smoothly.
Avoid Roof Weight: While a storage container is meant to hold and withstand hundreds of pounds of weight, you should avoid adding extra to the roof, particularly the center. The corners are the strongest part, while the farther into the middle you go it becomes slightly weaker. Remove piles of snow, ice and standing water after every storm.
Minimize Condensation: If you allow condensation to build up in your shipping container, it will become susceptible to rust, which can quickly deteriorate the most important components. Avoid moisture at all costs by not opening the doors when it is raining or very humid, only store dry goods inside and ensuring proper air flow.
Buy from Reputable Source: Like most things in life, you get what you pay for and where you purchase your shipping container definitely matters. Use our guide to selecting a shipping container supplier to help you look for tell-tell signs of a reputable company.
Tips to Maximize the Life of Storage Containers
Incorporating these and other such maintenance and care protocols will ensure you get the longest life out of your shipping container. If you’ve been thinking about investing in a used or new storage container, now is the best time! Order online using our safe & secure website or call our Pennsylvania office for phone orders at 215-407-8529. For questions on our inventory & delivery instructions, visit our box containers FAQ page or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.