Shipping containers are known for their versatility and durability, with very low maintenance requirements. They can last a long time, usually up to 25 years and beyond with proper upkeep. It’s quite easy to maintain your container over the years. Here are some helpful shipping container maintenance tips.
Year One (and As Needed)
Step 1: Buy a container from a reputable source
You don’t want to be taken for a ride when it comes to making a big investment like a shipping container. You want peace of mind knowing the product you’re buying will be in good condition, dependable and a value for the money. Always do your research on the container company you choose. At Container King, we stand behind every container we rent and sell.
Step 2: Don’t put too much weight on the roof
The shipping container’s corner posts offer the bulk of the strength and support your container needs, rather than the actual roof itself. When you walk across the roof or store heavy items on it, will bend and flex. This will damage the roof over time and take away from the structural integrity of your container.
If you absolutely require rooftop storage, ask your supplier to reinforce it for heavy loads.
Step 3: Remove debris, standing water, snow and ice from the roof
Water, ice, and snow also strain the roof, causing dents and scratches. Be sure to have lots of cleaning supplies handy. Did you know that standing water can cause rust, thin out the metal in the roof, and allow moisture to penetrate? After a weather event, such as a snow, ice or wind storm, clean off the roof as soon as you can. Get a cordless leaf vacuum to clear off the leaves and any snow within a few weeks.
Step 4: Follow manufacturer recommendations for climate control systems
The heating and air conditioning system within your modified shipping container is just like any other HVAC system. Air filters need to be replaced and the system needs regular maintenance from a professional. Stay on top of inspections, regular maintenance, service, and repair.
Annual Shipping Container Maintenance
Step 5: Inspect the roof for debris, rust, dents, scratches and moisture
Scratches, dents, and peeling paint all increase your chances for rust. That’s why it’s important to inspect the roof and remove debris at least once a year. Touch up any chipped-off paint so the metal doesn’t thin out.
You can utilize a commercial cleaner, mild bleach, or anti-mildew solution to clean off rust and dirt. Use a simple water hose and broom to encourage the process. If you see large dents, scratches, rust spots, and holes, call a professional as soon as possible.
Step 6: Inspect and replace caulk and weather stripping
Moisture can enter spaces where caulk or weather stripping has cracked or peeled off. Moisture encourages mildew growth.
Every Few Years or As Needed
Step 7: Monitor the container for settling and re-level
If you wish to install your shipping container on a soft surface, keep in mind it will settle over time. Before buying, ask your shipping container supplier for recommendations on proper foundation and support mechanisms to guard against settling.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shipping Container Maintenance
Do shipping containers need maintenance?
Yes, like any structure, shipping containers require periodic maintenance to extend their lifespan and ensure safety.
How do you maintain a shipping container?
Regularly inspect for damage, clean the exterior, treat any rust spots, lubricate door hinges and locks, and ensure proper ventilation to prevent condensation.
Will a shipping container rust on the ground?
If directly placed on the ground, moisture can cause a container’s underside to rust. It’s advised to elevate containers slightly, using materials like gravel or wooden beams.
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To ask more questions about our shipping containers and their associated maintenance tasks, contact us or request a quote online.