Part of any container placement on site is in the planning. It’s critical that the area preparation is completed correctly. Not doing so could risk the items or people inside the container. A strong, stable base has to be created. Containers are massive and need a sturdy place to sit, or they’ll sink into the ground.
Here are some frequently asked questions to help with the planning process:
How to Prepare for Container Site Setup and Delivery?
Many things have to be considered when planning the preparation – size of the site, soil conditions, the slope of the ground, size of the container, and container usage are important factors. Each of these items may require a separate process. If the soil needs to be leveled, does that mean bringing in extra dirt or removing it? Will the container need to be accessed frequently (it’s an office or tool storage) or infrequently (long term supply storage)? Review what will need to be done and in what order they will need to be completed.
Will the Container Be Moved Frequently?
If the container will be moved frequently, it should be placed on dry, flat soil. The ground should be level to ease container relocation. The site should have easy access for a truck to deliver and pick-up the container. Spending money preparing the site should be kept to a minimum.
Will the Container Stay in One Place on the Site?
When a container sits in one location for a lengthy period, the site setup should still not only be on level ground but consider using gravel pads to prevent the container from sinking into the ground or becoming stuck. Often, dirt settles over time, and the gravel pad will prevent the container from sinking with it. A best practice is to check the container and levelness with the ground routinely.
Does the Container Need Electricity and Plumbing?
A licensed electrician and plumbing company are needed for site setup. Sometimes permits are required to set up electricity and plumbing, so it’s essential to call the local permit office during the planning process. Before you call, check that power is possible at the container setup site. Confirm the presence of water/sewer/septic lines if a plumbing hookup is needed. If the container is being modified, check the number of disconnect panels required for setup. Determine if electricity will be through a generator or utility service. Finally, schedule an appointment with an electrician and professional plumber for installation.
How Do I Prepare for a Container Delivery?
The container site setup extends beyond the level ground. Different counties require regulations for container sites. Check with local offices for any necessary permits or codes for the site. Some jurisdictions do not allow containers to be placed at specific locations, so check early in your planning.
Double-check delivery dates so that all permits and site preparation, such as electricity and plumbing are in place. Be sure to contact Carolina Containers to confirm the delivery date of the container.