Storage Tips

Oh No…It’s Snowing! Can I Still Get into My Storage Unit?

Unit Access When Snowing
It never fails…just when you need something from your self storage unit Mother Nature has a mind of her own. With all the snow we have seen this winter, it’s no surprise if this thought has crossed your mind, “I wonder if I can get into my storage unit, or is it snowed in?” Driving around in the wintry mess is enough to worry about – we’ll make sure you have access to your storage unit even when it snows.

When the weather gets really bad and it becomes a danger for our managers to stay at the facilities, we may decide to close our rental offices early to ensure their safety. However, even if the rental office closes early due to inclement weather, your gate access is not affected. You can still visit the facility and access your storage unit during regular gate access hours.

Snow PlowWe do our very best to clear away the snow from our facilities in a timely manner. We have dedicated plow trucks that take care of the entire property, including the rental office parking lot, the main gate entrance and all access areas for every self storage building. We will even shovel out snow from areas that are difficult for a plow to reach, like the building entrances and sidewalks. Our goal is to provide our tenants as little inconvenience as possible during all types of weather, especially during the winter months.

Snow ShovelIf you visit your self storage unit and any amount of snow or ice is in front of your access door and in your way – you can simply contact the property manager during regular business hours and he or she will gladly come out and help clear the snow away or treat the ice so it melts. If you visit after hours and notice a problem, you can leave a message with our answering service and the manager will be sure to take care of it immediately when they arrive on site the next business day. We are very thorough with snow removal to prevent this from ever being an issue. But as we all know, blowing and drifting snow, as well as melting and refreezing, can present a problem from time to time. This winter has been no exception. Not sure about you, but I don’t remember so much snow and wind this early in the season any time recently. I feel like Old Man Winter sure has it out for us this year!

Icy WindowSnow isn’t the only problem that winter brings. Freezing rain and drizzle can also pose a very serious threat. We treat our pavement and sidewalks to melt existing ice and prevent it from forming to make sure our tenants are safe when visiting our facilities. However, your lock could become a real issue for you. The last thing you want to happen is to arrive at your storage unit to retrieve something that just cannot wait, but your lock is frozen and will not operate so you cannot get in. If freezing rain or even snow gets inside the lock, it can prevent the mechanism from working properly. With the bitterly cold temperatures we have experienced this winter, any amount of moisture that builds up inside the lock can pose a problem. A good tip to help ward off this potential issue is to wrap your lock tightly in aluminum foil. If you see the forecast is calling for snow, rain or freezing rain followed by temperatures below freezing, you should seriously consider visiting your storage unit and wrapping your lock. By doing so, you can prevent any moisture from getting in. You can also spray some WD-40 into your lock to help prevent your lock from freezing, whether or not you wrap it in foil. This may even be something to consider doing at the onset of winter to make sure you never run into a problem when temperatures are at their coldest.

Throughout the entire year but even more so during winter, we make sure to keep your self storage unit easily accessible to you at all times. If you have any weather-related concerns or questions about accessing your storage unit, you can contact your property manager at any time. You can also fill out our contact form and we will get back to you shortly. Stay warm and safe; because before you know it, we’ll be complaining about the summer heat rather than the winter snow!

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