How to prepare your garage for winter
Whether you use your garage as a place to park your vehicles or rather as a workshop, now is the time to prepare it for the winter season. But either way, it can be a daunting task and you might not know where to start.
In an article for The Drive, AndrÃ©ana Lefton walks us through some of the steps to take now to ensure that your garage is able to perform its function all winter long.uh long. Here is what you need to know.
Declutter by donating
Before time turns Lefton recommends do your spring cleaning in the fall. The first step is to take a walk in the garage and look for things that you no longer need and that you can donate. Move them around to give yourself more room, then take them to a local donation site.
Get rid of old chemicals and other hazardss
Then get rid of all the old chemicals because Lefton says that fluctuating temperatures and cold weather in general can cause liquids to expand and contract, in some cases causing their containers to warp or burst, and possibly a chemical spill.
Get together old paint and any other potentially toxic substance, as well as dead car batteries and anything else you shouldn’t put in your regular garbage collection, and take them to a hazardous waste disposal site, Lefton advises.
Make sure all the chemicals you keep are stored safely
Of course you won’t want to get rid of it all your chemicals and other liquids, so take the time to place the ones you want to keep in cabinets or temperature-controlled spaces so they don’t freeze, says Lefton. “Wrap extra car batteries in insulation to prevent freezing and cracking” She adds. âProtect tools and metal parts from moisture by storing them securely in a well-sealed toolbox or drawer. “
Organize everything else
Now that you’ve cleaned up some of the clutter and stored your chemicals and liquids safely, walk around the garage and organize what’s left, using existing shelves, hooks, or wall brackets.
If you haven’t already installed them in your garage, Lefton recommends do it now, but it may be more of a project than you can handle at the moment. Either way, try to get as much off the ground as possible, then sweep it up, checking for cracks and signs of leaks and pests as you go.
Make sure your winter tools and supplies are close at hand
Once everything is (relatively) tidy, find the items you use every winter – things like shovels, the snowblower, fuel for the snowblower, tools you might need to fix it (or your vehicle), etc. – and make sure they are easy to access. Then check if you have any sand, salt and / or de-icer left over from last year, and if not, fill up on the ones you use, Lefton advises.
Weatherize the garage
If you have more time and want to winterize your garage, now is the time to do so. Here are the tasks Lefton recommends:
- Replace the old weather stripping (especially if it has shrunk or weakened over time)
- Caulk doors and windows
- Check garage door cables and rollers for wear, then use lubricant spray on all moving components
- Blanket exposed pipes with sheet or fiberglass insulation
- Seal smaller openings like electrical outlets (and use firestop caulk for those)
If you don’t have the time to protect your garage from the elements right now, even if you just have a clean and organized space will help get through the winter. Yesyou can always tackle the other projects next year.