Shipping containers are an essential part of the global economy, used to transport goods overseas, for construction and DIY projects, and for agricultural and residential storage. But, like any other type of equipment, they can suffer from wear and tear. It is important to inspect a shipping container before buying it, and to be aware of the common types of damage and repairs that may be necessary. The most common types of damage to shipping containers are water damage, improper mooring, filling and handling, physical damage, holes, dents, scratches, and rust.
Water damage is caused by moisture seeping in through holes or rust. Improper mooring, filling and handling can cause physical damage such as falls, shocks, rolling, breaks, and shocks during transport. Holes can form when the container is drilled or when the steel begins to rust. Rust is often mentioned as it tends to be one of the most common hazards for steel containers.
To avoid serious problems, holes should be repaired as soon as possible. Minor scratches and dents are nearly impossible to avoid with shipping containers but they're also easy to detect and repair. Rust can be prevented by sanding and applying paint or anti-corrosion coatings. Reference-related damage usually occurs due to a power outage or improper handling of the equipment. Inspecting a shipping container like a pro requires understanding the basic anatomy of a shipping container and knowing about the different types of damage and repairs.
Before buying a used shipping container, it is important to inspect it for any signs of water damage, holes, dents, scratches, rust, or reference-related damage. Periodic inspections of the entire container is the best way to keep track of any potential problems. If you notice any dents or damage in the paint that could retain moisture or any signs of rust, these should be repaired as soon as possible. Smaller dents don't necessarily have to be repaired but if they are severe they can cause problems with the ceiling or floor.
Welding can reconnect steel for smaller holes but repairing a shipping container with larger holes is costly since the steel patch must be removed and then a new part welded in place. Wall damage often occurs when signs are placed on shipping containers or due to interior alterations such as bookcases. If you have problems with rust, holes, or ventilation, mold can develop which often affects floorboards. Be proactive by touching up the paint on the container structure and performing periodic inspections of the entire container to keep track of any potential problems. It is important that carriers choose the correct route and seal all container doors when transporting goods that are susceptible to water damage. Knowing about these types of repairs will help you keep your container in good condition and protect your investment and your cargo.