During the buying process of a used shipping container, some customers will head out to the local depot to take a look at what’s in stock. Container depots can be hectic, overwhelming in size and a lot of times they will be hard to navigate (or even get into due to security concerns). While it may seem as a daunting task to pick a container that is good for storage, its actually not very hard. Follow some of our tips below on picking the best available shipping container.
First thing you should do is inspect the doors. Make sure they are opening and closing properly. Some doors might be hard to open at first, so give it a little muscle and it should open right up. Always check out the gaskets around the door to make sure they are not torn. We recommend greasing the doors once you receive the container to ensure longevity and smooth operation.
Next take a step inside the container and inspect the roof all around. You’ll want to take a look and see if there are any patches. If so, make sure that they are in good condition. After checking for patches, start inspecting the side walls and front wall to make sure there are no holes or cuts. Some holes are fine (the size of a penny or dime), big holes are not.
Finally, take a look at the wood floor. Is it secured and level throughout? If it is, awesome! You’ve just fully inspected a used shipping container. If the container meets the criteria above you have found yourself a wind and watertight storage container.
One last thing to note is that some companies pass off used containers as being wind and watertight. Most companies do not offer a guarantee behind their container. At Steel Containers we guarantee all of our shipping containers to be wind and watertight.