Shipping containers have become useful not only in the transportation sector but also in constructing houses, portable storage units, and mobile offices among other things. People are considering containers as a simple and cheaper way to construct homes. Whether you are using a shipping container to transport goods or for housing, it is important to know how to maintain this facility. Below is a list of some maintenance tips you can use to renovate your container.
Paint the Container to Prevent Rust
Used containers are prone to rust due to moisture building inside, hence reacting with oxygen to cause oxidation of steel. The first thing to do before painting a rusty container is grinding down rust from the affected areas, then smoothing the surfaces using a medium grit sandpaper. You need to apply a rust converter on the sanded areas before embarking on the painting job. A rust converter is applied using a paint brush to make the surface paintable. The rest of the painting job should be easy and trouble free.
Repairing Dented Parts
Most second hand containers come with dents, especially on the roof, which could increase rusting when water collects on the roof. If the dent is small, you can use a huge hammer to align the dented part. In case the dent is too big and has caused some part of the roof to rust to the extent of leaking, it's important to contact a welder. The welder will entirely remove the dented part and replace it with a strong steel panel.
Repairing and Lubricating the Doors
Considering the frequent use of container doors, it is highly likely that they wear out with time. You, therefore, need to carry out a thorough examination of the container doors to know whether they need to be replaced or lubricated. Ensure that you clean the locking bars and door hinges to remove any rust. When all the parts are clean, use a good lubricant on the hinges to ensure the door opens and closes with ease.
Make Sure the Container Is Well Ventilated
If your container is well ventilated, then you will not have to deal with condensation problems going forward. Condensation is a main cause of rust in storage containers, and it can be prevented through proper ventilation. You may consider seeking the help of an expert to ensure you don't face issues such as fluctuating internal temperatures, dampness, rust, or even condensation when using the container.