There are many different reasons for needing storage during the winter months. It may be nothing out of the ordinary like storing items because of a move or needing to clean up the clutter. Maybe it’s not just the normal. Maybe you have to clean up that extra bedroom because you have company coming in town for the holidays. You may need to store that nice car or motorcycle that you only drive during the summer.Also, you might need to store all of the extra decorations that you bought this year without one thought of where you are going to put them after the holidays are over. Whatever your reason for needing storage, there are several things you need to keep in mind when you are storing.
I constantly have people come in and say that they don’t need a heated and cooled unit because it is winter. Well think again! Just because it is winter does not mean you don’t have a need for heated and cooled storage. Yes it is true that moisture and humidity is down in the winter but we have to remember that we are in Tennessee and the humidity is never completely down. Also, sometime the extreme cold can do the same damage to wood furniture as heat can. If you don’t want the mattress you are storing to turn into a giant sponge by soaking up all the moisture in the air, then place it in a heated and cooled storing unit. Another issue could be water left in appliances. Residual water in a washing machine or refrigerator could freeze and then expand causing possible damage to those items. If you are not absolutely positive that you have removed all of the water from these machines, then it is a good idea to store them in a heated and cooled storage unit.
Next, make sure that any type of motor vehicle is winterized before storing. If you have a boat or RV that you need to store, the owner’s manual should walk you through the process of winterization. If you are storing a car for the winter, always check your antifreeze levels. If you have to add some antifreeze to the radiator don’t just consider the job done. After the antifreeze is added, start the vehicle and let it run long enough to get the radiator up to operating temperature. This will allow the thermostat to open letting the new antifreeze you added get into the engine block so that the engine itself will not freeze. There is also a product called “HEET” that you can add to your gas tank that will dry up any water that is in your gas so that it does not freeze during extremely low temps. No matter what kind of vehicle you are storing, always make sure the tires are full of air. Tires do tend to go flat during colder times during the year so unless you want a not-so-pleasant surprise of flat tires when you return in the summer make sure to check those tires often during the winter.
StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations that can help with your winter storage needs. Stop in and ask our storage managers how we can assist with any of your storage questions.
enjoy the holidays!