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3 Big Tips for Proper Container Maintenance

The shipping container is one solid structure that acts as way more than just a glorified box. Manufactured from a special type of steel, the container has the ability to withstand hurricanes and other extremely harsh weather conditions as it travels across the globe, carrying your precious cargo and keeping it protected.

Containers need love too, and that means keeping them well maintained to extend longevity. If taken care of, they can last for several years. Here’s how you can ensure you get the most out of your container.

Level it up

It’s important to keep humidity and condensation away from the inside of a container. One way to do this is by considering where to place or store it. Wherever you decide to set down your container, make sure it’s on level ground. This helps to avoid corrosion that can creep in from puddles of water that tend to gather underneath the structure. To really keep that standing water well away, suspend your container on concrete blocks or railroad ties.

Keep extra weight off

It’s true that the roof of a container is built to stack up to 7 containers. But, the center of the roof cannot hold as much. If extra weight is left unchecked in this specific area, it will weaken over time. From time to time, take care to brush off debris, snow or water that has collected up above.

Give the doors some love

As a container ages, the doors start to experience wear and tear. It’s important to focus on door maintenance to keep them opening, closing and locking smoothly. Always clean dirt and rust to avoid corrosion. Lubricate the hinges of the doors by applying grease on a regular basis. Watch the rubber seals on doors, as these have a lifespan of about 10 years. Replace them if you notice deterioration, as well as any caulking work.

3 Big Tips for Proper Container Maintenance
Courtney L.
October 21, 2018

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