Sea containers are extremely strong structures designed to withstand hurricanes and extreme heat as they travel around the world on ships. With a few maintenance tips, you can extend the life of your shipments!
Sea containers are built to withstand the harsh environment while making their journey around the world. Made of special COR-TEN steel, used shipping containers can last for many years after being removed from shipping fleets.
How do you maintain your container?
To help you maximize the life of your shipping container, GOLIAT Containers has some tips to keep your container in shape:
- Make sure your container is on a flat floor. This makes it easier to avoid corrosion if puddles develop under or around the container and allows the doors to open and close as they should. We recommend placing containers on railway ties or concrete blocks to keep them up off the ground and in a uniform position.
- Lubricate the door hinges. Door hinges can become jammed after not being used for a long period of time. Regular application of grease will ensure that your doors operate properly.
- Clean away dirt and rust. This will help maximize the life of the container and reduce the possibility of corrosion. A simple cleaning agent or bleach and a hose will solve most surface dirt and rust problems.
- Avoid putting weight on the roof. Although the corners of the container are extremely durable (they carry seven fully loaded containers on top), the actual middle of the container roof is significantly weaker because it is not designed to take up weight. This would also include the brushing of snow in the winter and any other debris that may land on it.
- Store only dry products to avoid condensation. Used containers have vents installed to ensure air circulation and reduce condensation. To avoid condensation, make sure that only 100% dry products are stored in the unit and if possible, do not open the doors in wet or very humid weather. Avoid storing furniture or other sensitive objects against walls, where condensation is most likely to form.
- Replace worn rubber gaskets on the doors. Rubber gaskets are fitted to the doors to prevent moisture from entering the container. Rubber gaskets typically last about 10 years, so be sure to replace them if they appear worn. The same goes for the weather stripping and caulking if it appears worn.