Wood is our most common material for building pallets because it is strong and durable. To make sure your pallets avoid rot and stay this way, proper storage is essential. First, consider how long you will be storing pallets made from wood.
For short-term storage of a few months or less (most pallets out there), the effects of outdoor storage such as moisture, sun, snow, etc. will usually not have an adverse effect on wooden pallet performance. But, long-term storage under poor conditions can lead to pallets that "look" bad, grow mold and can even become rotten and unsuitable for use.
4 Tips for Preventing Wooden Pallet Rot
If you need to store wooden pallets for long periods, try these tips to help make sure your pallets stay fresh:
How can I Tell if a Wooden Pallet is Rotten?
If you have pallets that are questionable, hit the boards with a hammer. Rotten boards will break in a straight line and appear "brittle." You can break good boards with enough force, but the wood will break in a splintering manner. It takes a lot of force to break a sound board even with a hammer.
Do not use a questionable pallet, as the potential for additional damage to products or people is not worth the savings. If ever in doubt, contact your pallet supplier to test older pallets to ensure they remain safe for use.
Have storage conditions ever caused your wooden pallets to rot? Tell us how you found (or solved) the issue in the comments below or ask for help.
Post by: John Clarke, Technical Director
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