Whether you need a space for residential or commercial purposes,
Barr Secure Storage wants to make the experience easier for you.
Below are some tips that will save you time and prevent you from
paying for more space than you need
Cars, Trucks & RVs
In the event vehicles are to be stored for extended periods beyond 30 days,
the following items are suggested:
- Apply a coat of wax to the exterior painted and plated surfaces.
Make sure your gas tank is full. This will reduce the amount
of water that can be absorbed by the gasoline and it also
slows the rate at which it turns to varnish. Use an additive
like "Sta-Bil", "Dry Gas" or similar.
Make sure it's well mixed and run the car for a while to make sure it's in the entire fuel system.
Run vehicle until engine is warm. Drain engine oil and
replace filter element, refill with fresh oil. After oil has
been replaced, remove air cleaner and pour one-half to one
pint of 10-W or lighter oil into carburetor air intake with
engine running [obviously not applicable to fuel injected
vehicles]. Pour slowly at first, then rapidly using last quarter
to seal engine. Replace air cleaner. If vehicle is equipped
with air conditioning, the unit should be operated during
this final engine warm-up to lubricate the compressor seals.
- Drain coolant from radiator, cylinder block and heater.
If freezing temperatures are expected, the battery should
be removed from the vehicle and stored in a cool, dry area
at above freezing temperatures.** CAUTION: As part of the
normal function of an automobile storage battery, hydrogen
gas is produced thru chemical action. This gas is toxic and
extremely combustible when mixed with air.
- Do not store battery where it will be exposed to sparks or open flames, nor where it is exposed to children.
- Place blocks under the front and rear suspension so that tires do not contact ground.
Drain gasoline from fuel tank, fuel lines, and carburetor to reduce the fire hazard and to prevent gumming of the
fuel as it evaporates.
Remove windshield wiper arms and blades and store in vehicle.
Keep cardboard on floor under engine.
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For Winter storage, the following items are suggested:
Begin with the engine
- check for worn or loose parts (don't forget any hoses, belts or wiring).
- check propeller (have it rebuilt or replaced, if needed), and lubricate the propeller shaft. Fill the fuel tank(s) and add a good fuel conditioner.
Change gear case lubricant in the lower unit(s) - check the owner's manual for details.
For Inboard and Inboard-Outdrive Motors
- disconnect the fuel line and run until the motor stops; make sure that there is water cooling the engine;
check the owner's manual on the use of flush kits. Store outboards
in the upright position (water should drain out this way.)
flush the cooling system, remove plugs and drain all water from the engine (unless it is a closed system with antifreeze)
drain oil from the crankcase,
change oil filter and refill (follow manufacturer's recommendations and don't forget to
recycle the old oil properly)
Trailers Need Maintenance
clean the boat inside and out (if possible remove electronics, life jackets, fire extinguishers, etc., and store indoors)
drain all water in bilge and leave the plug out of the transom; tie it to the tiller or steering wheel as a reminder to
put it back before launching next spring.
Cover the boat allowing for air circulation under the cover (placing ordinary mothballs inside
will discourage mice or other rodents from chewing on wiring or other objects)
check, repack or replace wheel bearings as necessary; to check the bearing for wear, pull the trailer behind a vehicle
for a mile or less, then get out and feel the hubs-any sign of heat suggests that the bearings need to be checked and
repacked or replaced.
Check wiring, lights and brakes (if trailer is so equipped), and repair or replace if needed
examine the tires and check the air pressure; tires last longer when the trailer is on blocks during storage
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Furniture / Upholstery
When storing furniture, use a platform
to raise it off the floor to prevent any possible water damage.
Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
For upholstery, allow space between the fabric and dust cover.
Never use plastic, it can collect moisture and cause mildew.
Always store your mattress flat on the ground and inside a protective
plastic bag. This will protect it from damage and from becoming
Ask Barr about pallets which are available for $10.00
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For important or old documents and records, to avoid deterioration,
be sure to use a climate controlled environment. Barr offers
climate controlled storage units that controll humidity to help
preserve your documents.
Documents should be stored in a box and stacked no more than 3 high (heaviest box on the bottom)
Barr Secure Storage offers a wide variety of new and used industrial pallet rack shelving for maximum
document storage solutions.
When storing boxes of files, be sure to create aisles to get around and easily locate what you need
quickly. Always label boxes. This will allow you to easily locate a specific item, and keep you organized.
To keep your important documents safe, please use a strong lock. Remember that
Barr Secure Storage
sells high quality disc locks.
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Finding Extra Space
Remember that items such as a refrigerator provide extra space
for storing smaller objects. Break down any
item possible, such as the legs of a table. This will allow you to store
the table on end to save more space.
When packing, especially smaller objects, try to completly fill
the boxes. Use newspaper or towels to fill in any empty space.
This will prevent boxes from caving in when stacked.
Use the drawers in your furniture to store fragile or breakable items. The furniture will provide a
much safer place than a box. You can transfer the clothes from the drawers into a bag or box,
since they are not fragile.
CAUTION: It is against the law to store materials that are HAZARDOUS.
Please do not store any hazardous materials such as paint, stains, or other chemicals.
Insuring my property
If your property is not covered under your homeowner's or renter's
insurance, we can provide you with information about insurance
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