We all have important documents that we would like to keep safe for a long period of time – maybe even for future generations. These can include birth certificates, marriage licenses, property titles, deeds and old books. Keeping them at home may not be the best option, especially in a humid climate. Moisture can cause paperwork to deteriorate, ruining your beloved documents.
That’s why the ideal situation is to store your sensitive documents in a storage unit. Most storage units, such as Security Storage in Toronto, offer many amenities, such as 24/7 security and a climate controlled environment, to protect your cherished possessions.
Climate Controlled Environment
A climate controlled environment keeps the temperature at an ideal setting throughout the year. In places where the weather is cold, heat may be needed to prevent cracking. If the weather is too hot, mildew and yellowing can occur, which means that air conditioning may be required.
Most storage facilities offer some sort of protection against the elements, but it may not be enough to keep your documents safe. Be sure to ask the facility about its offerings. Who adjusts the settings? If you feel the unit is too hot or too cold, can you change the settings yourself? If you have just a few items that need special protection, can you rent some shelving or cabinets instead of an entire unit?
Security is also important when storing sensitive documents. You’ll want to keep them free from prying eyes and away from thieves, since a stranger who gets a hold of this information can potentially commit an identity theft crime. The facility should have a secure gate and fencing around the property. In addition, there should be some sort of security measure in place on the property 24/7. Surveillance cameras and monitored access are other features that storage facilities offer to keep your possessions safe.
Even if you use a storage facility, you may still want to purchase filing boxes and cabinets to store the documents while they are in storage. The boxes should be waterproof, fireproof and moisture-proof.
Safely Store Your Prized Possessions
Security Storage has state-of-the-art technology in place to keep your documents and other possessions in a safe and secure environment free of moisture and other things that can cause damage. Give us a call at (416) 421-6630 to learn more about the various storage options we offer.