Winter Storage – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 How To Properly Store Your Winter Equipment https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/properly-store-winter-equipment/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/properly-store-winter-equipment/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 14:00:29 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186144 The spring looks like it is finally upon us and that means, among other things, making way for all of the spring gear and equipment you are going to need. You are going to want to get all of that winter equipment out of the way so that you have room for your spring stuff,
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The spring looks like it is finally upon us and that means, among other things, making way for all of the spring gear and equipment you are going to need. You are going to want to get all of that winter equipment out of the way so that you have room for your spring stuff, but if you don’t have enough room in your house for both, you might want to consider outsourcing your storage to a self storage facility. Below are some tips for properly storing your winter equipment.

Properly Store Your Winter Equipment

Clothing

Anything fabric, whether it’s jackets, scarves, mittens, or big winter blankets, must go into storage for the spring and summer clean and dry. Wet, dirty winter clothing can quickly become heaps of mold, mildew and bacteria while in storage, and will be useless to you when you go to take it out next winter. In addition to cleaning and drying everything before it goes into storage, you should also pick up some small packets of silica gel which will help to decrease the moisture in the air.

Sports and Activity Equipment

Winter sports equipment such as skis and snowboards should be carefully cleaned and waxed before being placed into storage, and ideally, placed into travel bags so they don’t collect dust while in storage. Skis and snowboards are best stored flat on the ground. If you lean them up against a wall, or put anything on top of them, it can warp and bend them.

Decorations

Part of your winter equipment might include your seasonal decorations. If you are using a storage facility to keep your winter decorations out of the way, make sure that you properly box and label them. Just throwing things into storage haphazardly is going to make taking everything out the following winter a huge chore.

Winter Car

If you have separate cars for the warmer and colder months, the two most important things that you must do to your car before putting it into winter storage at a storage facility are making sure that you have taken the battery out and adding fuel stabilizer to the gas tank.

Using a storage facility to house your winter equipment is a great way to make sure that you always have room for your most important items as the seasons change. If you are running out of space in your home and want to keep your winter equipment out of sight and out of mind during the warmer months, consider a self storage unit at a reputable storage facility.

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Tips For Taking Your Old Car Out Of Winter Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/tips-taking-old-car-winter-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/tips-taking-old-car-winter-storage/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 14:00:54 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186120 Many people who are fortunate enough to have seasonal cars, or simply need one for business, or because of the area of the country they live in, turn to self storage units to take care of their vehicles during the long winter months. Putting your car into self storage over the winter involves some special
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Many people who are fortunate enough to have seasonal cars, or simply need one for business, or because of the area of the country they live in, turn to self storage units to take care of their vehicles during the long winter months. Putting your car into self storage over the winter involves some special procedures to make sure it is fully functional when you take it out, but taking it out also involves some care and consideration to make sure you are not damaging the car. Below are some tips for taking your old car out of winter storage.

How To Safely Take Your Old Car Out Of Winter Storage

Inspect the Battery

The most important step when removing your car from a self storage unit is inspecting the battery. Hopefully you have had your battery connected to a battery maintainer while you weren’t driving it, but check the battery to ensure that it is fully charged before you attempt to drive your car again. A dead battery means you won’t be going anywhere. A battery that has been left out all winter, and hasn’t been cared for might even be permanently damaged.

Test Your Engine Oil

Even if you changed your engine oil just before putting the car into storage, it is a good idea to change it again once you have taken it out. Old oil is inefficient oil and the last thing that your car needs after a long time inactive is oil that is not going to be properly lubricating the engine. This is especially true for older cars whose engines have already withstood the test of time.

Check Your Other Fluids

The oil isn’t the only fluid that you have to check before getting your car back onto the road for spring. Coolant, power steering, brake and windshield wiper fluids should all be checked and topped up if need be. You also should consider adding some high octane booster to the fuel that you had in the tank before the car went into storage, as well as filling it up the first time after getting back on the road with high octane gas.

Check Your Tires

Even if you overfilled the tires before putting the car into the storage unit for the winter, check your tire pressure, they can lose significant air during the months of inactivity. Look for cracks or bulges in the rubber if the temperature fluctuated dramatically over the winter, and fill the tires to the recommended PSI if need be.

Whether your spring/summer car is something that you drive purely for pleasure, is part of your livelihood, or is needed for a long haul trip, get off to a good start this spring and keep the above winter car removal tips in mind.

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How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/prepare-car-winter-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/prepare-car-winter-storage/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:25:53 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185905 Your summer vehicle has had a pretty carefree season. Warm weather, no ice on the roads, no salt collecting on the body. Now that the winter is almost upon us, it’s time to start prepping for winter storage. Putting your fun summer car into winter hibernation isn’t as simple as just locking it away in
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Your summer vehicle has had a pretty carefree season. Warm weather, no ice on the roads, no salt collecting on the body. Now that the winter is almost upon us, it’s time to start prepping for winter storage. Putting your fun summer car into winter hibernation isn’t as simple as just locking it away in storage and forgetting about it. There are some important steps that you need to follow to make sure it is well looked after and ready for next summer. Below is a how-to guide for preparing your car for winter storage.

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Storage

Choose a Storage Location

First and foremost you have to make sure that you choose the right storage location for your car. If you are opting to store your vehicle off your property and in a self-storage facility, it is incredibly important that you make sure that the facility has climate-controlled storage to protect your car’s electronics and battery over the winter.

Top Up Fluids

Do yourself a favour and top up your car’s fluids before you put it away for the winter. By doing this you are saving time when you take it out the following spring and can get back to driving right away without having to run around to the store to pick up supplies.

Wash and Clean It

You should put your car into winter storage spic and span. This is not just because that way you are removing a clean car the following spring, it’s because leaving your car sitting all winter, covered in dirt and grime can do real damage to your paint job.

Roll Down the Windows a Bit

It’s a good idea to roll down a couple of your windows for ventilation over the winter to avoid moisture building up inside and potentially damaging the interior and the electronics. You don’t have to roll the windows down all the way, just two windows, rolled down a quarter of the way should be adequate.

The Battery

If you really value your battery (which I’m sure you do), the best thing that you can do when putting your car in storage for the winter is completely remove it, bring it inside your house, and leave it somewhere safe connected to a battery maintainer. Not a charger, but a maintainer. Overcharging your battery will damage it.

You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your fun summer car. Make sure that you get many more summers worth of enjoyment out of it and take the above necessary steps when putting it away for the winter. Your car will thank you.

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