Spring Shipping Container Maintenance

Spring Shipping Container Maintenance


Spring is an important time to clean and inspect shipping containers. These tips can help you avoid costly repair bills and keep your items stored in the best possible condition.

Inspect The Roof

A shipping container roof is one of the most important areas to check during spring maintenance. You want to check for rust, damage, cracks, and deep dents. Dents collect standing water and lead to corrosion if left untreated. Rust can also be major problem for shipping containers, so be sure to inspect the entire exterior of your container for rust spots. Small spots can easily be sanded down and repainted.

Clean The Interior

The interior of a shipping container can accumulate a lot of dust and debris. Regularly sweeping the container will go a long way. A broom, mop, or leaf blower can be used to clean the flooring, walls, and roof of the container. While cleaning, take special attention to any areas that might be rusty or have holes and dents. These can worsen over time, so make sure to get them repaired and painted.

Examine The Doors

Doors are the main moving part of a shipping container and are subject to wear and tear with frequent use. The door hinges should be inspected and cleaned often to remove any rust, dirt, or grit that could make them stick when they’re opened. Then, lubricate the hinges with a spray to ensure they’re able to open and close easily.

Check The Modified Areas

Modifications like cutting and welding may affect a shipping container’s ability to resist corrosion, water, and dirt. These areas should be checked frequently, repainted, and rust proofed. To further prevent the harmful affects of moisture, replace caulk and weather stripping when they peel or crack in any modified areas.

Monitor The Container For Settling

If you install your shipping container on a softer surface, like asphalt or clay, the container may settle over time. Occasionally wildlife, moisture build up, and door hinge issues may arise. To combat potential challenges, you may need to relevel your container unit. Jake Containers can help you relocate your container if releveling is needed.

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