Self-Storage During the Winter


There’s not a lot of places in the country that will avoid the frosty temperatures of winter and if you think its cold out there, imagine what it's like in a self-storage unit. Since many people use self-storage as a way to store seasonal items that aren’t used during the winter, it’s important to protect those belongings from winter-related damage.


Common Uses for Storage During Winter

Lots of people often use storage to keep items that will be unused over the winter in the summertime. This doesn’t change when it comes to the winter, it’s just the opposite, storing unused summer items rather than winter ones.

Keeping seasonal items in storage is a great way to avoid cluttering up your home and to give you more space to do seasonal activities.


Objects that can be susceptible to damage from exposure to cold temperatures

We all know cold temperatures can be damaging to ourselves and it’s no different when it comes to your belongings. Prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures can be severely damaging to a variety of commonly stored items.

Items to be watchful of include:



  • Shifting temperatures can produce condensation inside of electronic equipment which can cause damage, please ensure that these items allow for circulation of air.

Items that contain liquid

  • Anything containing liquid can be damaged due to expansion of the liquid caused by freezing. It’s unlikely that a self storage facility would get below freezing but as a precaution it makes sense to drain any liquids if a long very cold spell is forecast.

Battery-operated items

  • Similar to items containing liquid, battery cells also come under the same threat and can crack when frozen, ensure that batteries are removed from items to avoid damage.



The reality is that it should not get cold enough in a self storage facility for damage to occur, I have almost fifteen years experience in the industry and have not heard of any problems caused by cold weather. Having said that, self storage facilities vary greatly, and it makes sense to store your items where you feel they would be safe from damage. But I would suggest that you only need to bother with the above precautions when there is a protracted spell of extremely cold weather due.