Don’t Let a Harsh Winter Ruin Your Spring!
While Chicagoans are rarely caught off guard when it comes to weather, the winter of 2013/2014 is one most of us will certainly remember. And while the harsh temperatures and heavy snow were difficult, the true difficulties arose for some long after the last of the snow had melted. Springtime is a time of renewal, but also a time to see whether or not proper preparation has paid off. Keep a few things in mind and hopefully you’ll be smiling next spring.
Of course, when it comes to preparing for winter storage, the most convenient, affordable solution is Zippy Shell. Patio furniture, winter clothing, camping gear and other items can be easily stored for the winter. Knowing our warehouse is secure and climate controlled will put your mind at ease over the cold winter months. You can also rest easy knowing your items will be delivered back to you in the same condition as when they were stored, something you can’t be sure of if you don’t prepare properly for cold weather.
If a storage unit isn’t for you, then take the time to prepare for the winter by taking a few simple steps to preserve those springtime items. Most homeowners know the basics, like cleaning out gutters to prevent ice dams or covering your central air conditioning condenser to keep the parts from deteriorating. But, when it comes to smaller, seasonal items, a little winter prep can go a long way. Make sure areas where things like seat cushions and umbrellas are stored are free from mice. Items like these should also be wrapped in plastic or stored in bins to prevent moisture and mold from building up. Also, make sure those empty coolers are water free and sanitized to keep out mold and mildew. Did you do any camping over the summer? Well, give those sleeping bags a pre-winter wash (in a front loading washer) and store them indoors so they’re ready to go next season. Give any grills or cooking items a thorough washing before storing and those hungry winter critters will have to look elsewhere for food. Lastly, if storing items in an outdoor shed, take the time to remove anything that would make a good nesting area for mice and other small animals. If you keep firewood, keep it in an area away from the outer walls of your home or shed. No one likes unpleasant surprises. When you put your things away for the winter, follow these tips and start next spring off with a smile... a pleasant surprise after a long winter.