How to Avoid The 3 Most Common Shipping Container Problems!

Shipping Container from Southwest Mobile Storage

A refurbished ISO steel storage container is one of the most versatile storage solutions out there.

However, whether you are looking to rent or buy there are a few things you should look out for.

In this article, we’ll show you the 3 most common problems with refurbished ISO steel shipping containers so that you can make an informed choice.

The 3 Most Common Problems with Shipping Containers:

1. Broken Locking mechanisms. No matter what you are storing, you want your shipping container to be secure. Oftentimes, used shipping containers can have problems with their locking mechanisms. Before buying or renting a shipping container, be sure to check how securely the doors close and if there is a lockbox. Here at Southwest Mobile Storage, we make sure that all our shipping containers come equipped with lockboxes and our Slide Bolt locking system for top of the line security.

2. Odor. Depending on what the shipping container was used to transport there might be a pungent odor in the container. Before renting or buying a shipping container be sure to ask what it was used to transport and if it has been cleaned or disinfected since it’s initial use. If you’re buying a container you should inspect it before committing to the purchase. If you’re renting the unit should be relatively clean but it’s still a good idea to ask when it was last rented or what it was used for most recently.

3. Rust. Rust is another common problem with refurbished shipping containers. Besides being ugly, rust can very easily turn into holes, which can jeopardize the contents of your container to both thieves and pests. Luckily rust and corrosion are easy to fix. If the rust is minor you can use rust-remover to get rid of it, then apply an anti-rust paint. If the rusting is more severe you may need to remove or replace part of the unit. If you are renting, you should be able to swap out the unit if you see any rust.

Shipping containers are a great solution to a variety of different storage problems!

But there are a few common problems you should know about before renting or buying a shipping container.

In this article, we looked at the 3 most common problems with shipping container storage units.

They were:

  1. Broken locking mechanisms.
  2. Odor.
  3. Rust.

Now you’re ready to make an informed choice and find the perfect shipping container for your business!

And if you need some help our dedicated shipping container experts are ready to assist you!

Give us a call at 1–800–686–9114 and they will be happy to help you find a shipping container with working locks, no odor or rust.