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Preparing the Ground for Your Container

Ensuring the container is sited on hard standing and level ground is very important. Uneven ground can lead to containers "racking out", which can cause issues with properly opening and closing the doors. Racking out occurs even if just one corner of the container isn't level, particularly if the contents of the container are then unevenly distributed; the container will twist slightly which places the doors out of alignment, making them difficult to close.

Pre-delivery preparation

Where you choose to place your shipping container is very important and we strongly recommend placing your container on ground which is both level and hard standing. An even, solid site is the ideal environment to position your shipping container on, as soft and un-even ground may cause the corners of the container to sink, and therefore 'rack out'.

However, we understand that hard standing ground isn't always an option. If you're looking at placing your container on grass or in a field, you may wish to consider laying a concrete base/pad or simply place concrete slabs at each corner of the container. Containers rest completely on the corners, with the bottom rail raised slightly off the floor. Four concrete pads placed under each corner will help to level the container and avoid sinking, or rather 'racking out'.

However, please remember that getting your container onto the field will be up to you, as our hauliers are unable to leave hard standing ground. Check out our container delivery page for more details.

Railway sleepers

Another solution is railway sleepers. These are laid on the floor underneath the corners, similar to concrete pads, to aid in levelling the container. We can provide sleepers if required - £90.00 plus VAT for a pair. These will be delivered with your container, and you can place them down prior to the haulier offloading your unit.

Post-delivery checks

When the container is delivered, before the haulier leaves site, an easy way to check the container is levelled properly is to full open and close all of the doors. If you're experiencing issues at this stage, the likelihood is that the container isn't 100% level. The haulier will stay on site for up to an hour to ensure the container is fully level, and can lift the unit back up again while small corrections are made to make sure everything works. Pieces of flat timber can be inserted under the corners of the containers if you're experiencing issues to level the container out. We recommend you have a few pieces ready before the haulier arrives in case these are needed.
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