5 Long-Term Storage Tips and How to Get the Most Out of Your Portable Shipping Container

5 Long-Term Storage Tips and How to Get the Most Out of Your Portable Shipping Container

Shipping containers are one of the best storage solutions currently available. These weatherproof units are easy to secure and can be conveniently modified to contain shelving and lighting which makes storing your goods more accessible.

To help make storing your items for a short or long-term period as well as an overall satisfying experience, you are encouraged to use the following 5 tips for your shipping container:

 

5 Shipping Container Storage Tips

 

1. Use Plastic Storage Bins

Plastic storage bins provide many advantages over boxes and bags. These bins are airtight which keeps moisture away from your items.  It also helps prevent bugs and other unwanted “guests” from entering your belongings. Storage shipping containers are airtight and have good seals on the doors.  However, the added protection of plastic bins is always beneficial.

2. Label Everything and Create A Master List

You should label the outside of each container clearly and then keep a master list of what is inside. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to get at something that you put into storage but do not know where it is in the container. Time is saved, and frustration is reduced when you have a master list.

3. Pack the Container With A Plan

When you pack the shipping container, place items that you do not need as often in the back.  More frequently used items should be in the front.  This will make your belongings more accessible whenever you need to pull something out of storage.

4. Take Advantage of Shelving

Shelves help you keep your stored items more organized. They also help keep your things off the ground if there is a potential for water or other debris to enter into the storage container when the door is opened. If you take care of your container and check the seals around the door biannually, you should not have any issues with water coming into the unit.

5. Clean Furniture Before Storing

You should have your furniture cleaned before storing.  Mold or mildew will not form on the fabrics while in storage. Unless you are running a temperature-controlled unit, the temperature will change inside the shipping storage container during the year. This makes conditions susceptible to mold and mildew. Prevention is key to a clean storage container. Cleaned furniture will also be nicer to take out of storage and use at a later date.

These five simple storage container tips can make using a shipping container for storage much easier and more beneficial to you and your loved ones.

 

How Steel Shipping Containers Increase Job Site Mobility

How Steel Shipping Containers Increase Job Site Mobility

The oil and gas industry are unique in their need for job site mobility, employee housing, and equipment storage. Oil and gas exploration and pumping take place in some of the harsher climates of the country. From Arctic tundra to desert heat and jungle climates, these companies and their employees face conditions that most companies never experience. 

To provide workable office space, storage facilities, and employee housing in these types of conditions, oil and gas companies cannot rely on your typical trailer or mobile home. These structures cannot withstand severe conditions and can leave a company and its employees facing unnecessary lost time. 

The Benefits of Steel Shipping Containers 

The solution to this problem is using converted steel shipping containers for mobile offices, storage, and employee housing. These containers were designed to be strong and to withstand severe temperatures and weather fluctuations.  In addition, their contents are easily secured.

Shipping containers can be customized to meet the needs of the company. Electricity, running water, and climate control can be installed into these containers with little expense. Windows, doors, and other necessities, such as shelving, can be added to a container with ease. These containers can also be connected together and retrofitted if you need a larger space. 

The steel construction of these containers makes them more durable than your standard mobile home. These containers will withstand strong winds, rain, ice, and snow. Even more beneficial is the ability to move shipping containers into different temperature ranges for different jobs.  You will not have to make any adjustments to keep them functional. 

For storage purposes, steel shipping containers are perfect. With a single entrance that seals completely airtight, you can easily control security for all of your equipment. Additionally, you can also have lighting and shelving installed to hold smaller items. 

Employee housing in desolate places is often an issue. Shipping containers are easily converted into living spaces that are both comfortable and functional. When the job is complete, you can move it to the next site.  This makes the transition for your employees much easier as well. 

Retrofitting shipping containers provides the oil and gas industry with a logical, cost-effective solution to their on-site office, storage, and housing needs. 

Shipping Container Maintenance Guide

Shipping Container Maintenance Guide

Purchasing a portable shipping container is a cost-effective way of creating more space without having to invest in building a new structure. Shipping containers can be used for storage, customized into an office space or workshop area, used for growing food or specialty plants, and even make great emergency assistance housing. 

However, it is very important that once you have purchased a shipping container that you keep up with the maintenance on it to ensure many years of use. 

Maintenance Tips For Shipping Containers 
The Roof 

You should make sure that the roof of your container is kept clean of debris and that you do not allow water to pool on it for extended periods. Although these containers are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, allowing debris, water, or ice to remain on the roof can lead to rusting if there are any knicks or scratches in the paint. 

Although these containers are designed to be stacked on top of each other, it is important to realize that the corner areas are reinforced for this type of weight, not the entire roof. If you are going to store stuff on top of your container, make sure it is light enough not to cause the roof to bow. 

Windows and Doors 

It is recommended that you replace any loose caulking around the windows and doors and the weather stripping to keep your container airtight. This helps keep the weather out and your property protected.  

You are also encouraged to oil the hinges on the windows and doors once per year. This keeps them moving freely and easy to use. Time and weather conditions can lead to rust in these areas, and the oil coating will help prevent rust damage. 

Plumbing, Electrical and Heating, and Cooling 

At least once a year, you should complete a routine check on all of your plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling equipment installed in the container. Clean hoses, replace items that look worn, and replace filtration systems. If you use any of these, it’s a lot, such as plumbing for growing, you may want to complete this maintenance twice per year. 

Foundation 

Always check the foundation for your container at least once per year. Settling will occur, even with a cement foundation, and this could cause your container to be tilted. Leveling your container will help keep the container from experiencing tension in areas that could lead to a loss of structural integrity. 

Cleaning the Outside 

It is also important to keep the outside of your container clean. Use a mild detergent and a hose to clean off the outside of the container. This will eliminate mildew build up in areas that are humid and keep debris from affecting the paint. Check the paint for knicks or chips and touch them up accordingly. This will help prevent the container from rusting. 

These simple maintenance tips will ensure that you get extended use from your shipping container. 

Contact Portables360 for assistance with all of you portable shipping container requirements.

Is a Portable Container Office the Answer for Your Business?

Is a Portable Container Office the Answer for Your Business?

There are many industries where a portable office solution is necessary for business. Companies that need these portable offices often opt for trailers or other mobile units. Sadly, these offices often do not have indoor plumbing capabilities, and once moved, they quickly lose their structural integrity. In most cases, these portable offices can be used once or twice before needing to be replaced. 

The best solution for a portable office is a retrofitted standard portable shipping container. Shipping containers can easily be converted into a working office space with electricity, heating and cooling, and indoor plumbing. Think of how much happier your employees will be when they don’t have to go outside in all types of weather to use the port-o-potty. 

These shipping containers are sturdy and can withstand all weather conditions, and when moved, their structural integrity stays firm. You can build a portable office and move it many times for many years before you may need to think about upgrading. 

If you are considering a portable office solution for your company, these are the questions you should ask: 

Does My Company Need An Office Area Offsite?

If you need a working office area, such as at a construction site, you will love the convenience that converting a shipping container into an office provides. These containers are fully customizable and easy to move to each job site. 

Do I Want A Cost-Effective Solution? 

Investing in a shipping container for portable office use is very cost-effective, and the office will withstand weather, time, and continual moving. You will be able to use this type of office significantly more than a standard trailer, which often has to be replaced after each use.  Portables360 offers your the option to buy or rent portable shipping containers.

Transporting The Portable Office 

Instead of needing special trucking equipment and permits to move a trailer, you can have your shipping container office moved using a regular semi-truck. This is another convenient and cost-cutting benefit to using these containers over other building choices. Even the military has discovered the benefits of using portable shipping containers!

What About Building A Permanent Office? 

Shipping containers are the perfect resource for building a permanent office structure. Many construction companies have already begun to create homes, apartments, and hotels by using these containers.  

You can connect several containers together and stack them several containers high. The building can be fully customized to your needs. Using containers instead of new building drops the cost of your construction significantly, and you are protecting the environment by reusing building materials. 

Shipping containers have increased in demand over the last several years as more people discover the many uses that these solid-built containers provide. 

6 Portable Shipping Container Storage Benefits

6 Portable Shipping Container Storage Benefits

Businesses that operate seasonal equipment need creative storage solutions for their equipment during the off season. This equipment can take up large amounts of space when not in use, leading to overcrowding of work areas. Equipment left out in the yard areas of a business are subject to damage from the weather, animal or pest interaction, or even theft. 

The solution to this problem is simple. Businesses can take advantage of portable storage containers to use as storage facilities for their temporary storage needs. 

The Benefits Of Portable Shipping Container Storage 

There are many benefits associated with using portable containers as a storage facility for your equipment. Every business expects to enjoy the following perks when using a portable shipping container for storage. 

  1. Cost-Effective – Portable storage containers will be very beneficial to your company budget. Using a container will be less expensive than storing your equipment offsite or paying for a public storage unit.  Portable storage containers may be rented or purchased from Portables360.
  1. Convenience – You can have the shipping container placed anywhere on your property. This allows for easy access any time you need to change your seasonal equipment.
  1. Safety – Shipping containers are very secure. There is only one entrance into most containers, making them easy to lock up when the equipment is not in use. The containers also have air-tight seals on their doorways. This type of seal protects your equipment from weather conditions and helps keep unwanted pests away from your machinery.
  1. Organization – You can design the interior of your container to meet the needs of your company. Shelving or hanging equipment can be placed inside of the container so that you can organize your equipment while it is stored. This will also help you track your equipment while in storage and reduce instances of theft.
  1. Work Area – When you’re in the off season, it is the perfect time to perform preventative maintenance and other repairs and upgrades. Having a portable shipping container shed area will provide you with a roofed area where you can perform these duties without being interrupted by the weather.
  1. Portability – Shipping containers were originally designed to be portable. If you find that you need to move your equipment for any reason, such as moving to a larger facility, you can easily move large quantities of equipment and supplies by simply moving the container.

portable storage container

Portable shipping containers are available in different sizes so your business can get what they need for storage. Refrigerated containers are also available if the company needs special storage for chemicals or similar products that they use with their equipment. 

Real Time Temperature Monitoring

Real Time Temperature Monitoring

Any company that needs to transport its product in a refrigerated trailer should also have the advantage of real time temperature monitoring. When you monitor the temperature throughout the entire process, you can ensure that your product remains within food and pharma compliance standards.  

Real time temperature monitoring also provides you with GPS data on your cargo so that you know where it is at all times. You can monitor your shipment and see if there are delays.  With the right monitoring service, you can even detect changes to your shipment due to theft.  

Real Time Temperature Monitoring Will Help your Company Mitigate Losses

Monitoring helps your company mitigate losses and spoilage. Continual monitoring of the temperature gives you immediate notifications of temperature fluctuations.  You will have the ability to correct problems instantly. Monitoring the temperature continually throughout the shipment also decreases the number of times the load needs to be opened and checked manually. 

Additionally, monitoring provides you with superior data collection on your load. You can generate complete reports on your shipment to prove to regulatory agencies that your product was at controlled levels during the entire shipping process. For pharmaceutical companies, these reports are critical to the acceptance of your product by many health departments across the country.   

Companies transporting food products over great distances are accustomed to having a portion of their product spoil during the process. With continual remote monitoring of the load, it is easy to reduce this spoilage and increase your overall profit. Most of the waste occurs with large temperature fluctuations. Being able to address these problems en route will reduce the number of lost products. 

ice cream in freezer

Managing your load while it is being transported also reduces legal liabilities for the company. If contamination occurs in the product and a lawsuit follows, you can produce the reports from your real-time monitoring to show that your product arrived at the end-user uncontaminated and not spoiled.   

Portables360 offers state-of-the-art real time temperature monitoring services for all refer shipping containers. We are able to monitor shipments for all of the major trailer manufacturers. Our real-time monitoring services provide continual monitoring from the minute your delivery leaves your warehouse until the minute it arrives at its destination.  

Data regarding your shipment is easily accessible and can easily be converted into any type of spreadsheet or data representation that you need for your business. The information is available for an extended period of time.  This gives your business the security that it needs if any questions arise about the shipment in the future.  

 For more information about monitoring your reefer shipment, you are encouraged to speak with a knowledgeable staff member at Portables360.