We’re in the middle of winters and there’s still time before the whimsical summers arrive. That said… one of the most important winter chores is to safeguard your summer essentials (patio, toys, garden tools etc.) to ensure they go through the cold months without any wear and tear.
One of the reasons why they need hibernation is that the weather can deteriorate their lifespan and you may end up requiring replacements when the summers start, which off course, won’t benefit your wallet.
In some parts of the U.S., like Phoenix, Arizona, the winter temperature can show its effect around the interior elevated regions. Furthermore, Arizona Climate Office points out that the Sunrise Mountain in this region had a snowfall record of 400.9 inches in the 1972-1973 winters.
Associated Press also reported at the end of last month that some parts in central Arizona and metro Phoenix witnessed heavy rainfall because of the winter storm, and some of the home roofs were also damaged in the process. Southwestern Oklahoma also had several inches of snowfall, resulting in traveling difficulties for the residents.
As these news reports indicate, the winter weather is quite harsh, so delaying the process of safeguarding summer essentials can be a decision you will regret. Thankfully, the following winter storage tips will help you get started quickly:
When you want to store your toys for the winter, storage facilities provide an ideal option. However, you also have to play a part by washing the toys thoroughly (get your kids involved as toys are more important to them) so that any mildew or dirt can be removed.
You can drain them in fresh water and then dry them in front of the heater or with an electronic heat massager. After that, cover them with a trap to prevent the moisture from building up. The rest is going to be taken care of by the storage provider.
2. Surfboards and boats
Boats require spraying fogging oil because the cylinders can become prone to corrosion, while surfboards need to remain dry because the layer beneath can get damaged from the snow. If these two items are stored outdoors, make sure you cover them; they will collect water and freeze otherwise.
In other words, they should be kept away from any areas where the water or snow can settle or build up. If a cover is not available at your disposal or has been used to cover the vehicle, place the boat and the surfboard in the garage or in the attic (if there’s enough space).
3. Gardening tools
As you won’t be mowing the lawn for the next few months, store it away so that it remains in a top notch condition until the summer arrive. You can make a couple of additions and modifications, such as draining the tank and adding a duel stabilizer; Home Depot also recommends these two measures.
This is because the gas should be consumed within three months because the water can fill up in gasoline if there is ethanol deterioration. Another thing you can do is eradicate the spark plug. After satisfying these prerequisites, you can store most of the gardening tools inside the house as they take up less space.
4. Outdoor furniture
An external storage is going to be the best option here, unless there is ample backyard storage in your residence or you have large space inside the house. You might have second thoughts, but it’s recommended that you go ahead in order to avoid the breakdown of wicker and glass.
However, stashing the furniture away is only one part of the picture; you need to make sure the wood or fabric is dry enough to keep the growth of mold at bay. Some other things you can do involves buying covers for the furniture to keep away the dust, although that might not be necessary with local storage providers. You can also wax the body of the furniture to remove impurities, and it will also help in giving a brand new feel.
5. Fishing and Camping tools
Fish rods, tents, sleeping bags etc. should be placed in self-storage or inside the house, but you should carry out a little inspection and cleaning. For example, tents should be checked for any holes and ripped areas, and if any are visible, they should be repaired and stitched.
The fishing tools should be lubricated and cleaned properly and you can ensure the lures remain protected with the help of rust preventer.