Winter is quickly approaching, are you ready? Here are three ways to prepare your stored belongings in colder weather. Don’t let winter’s weather sneak up on you before you’re done winterizing everything!
1. Vehicles in long-term winter storage are almost guaranteed to have a dead battery by the time spring comes along. Make sure chemicals under the hood haven’t burst in their compartments or in the trunk if there are any extra liquids stored there. Tires tend to deflate when exposed to cold air for long periods of time. Be ready to inflate them before taking the car out of storage. Measure the PSI with a tire gauge in each tire before filling as the air in the tire will condense in the cold, giving the appearance of a soft tire. Caution! Over-filling your tire can cause a blowout when driving due to the air in your tire expanding from the rising temperatures resulting in the tire rupturing.
2. Consider renting a temperature controlled storage unit for peace of mind during the winter months if available. A stable temperature helps preserve all of your belongings for many years to come.
3. Do you have fragile memorabilia such as baseball cards, old photos? Are you wondering how to safely store them in the cold? Plastic sleeves for cards of all types, even photos are a great way to protect them in the cold. They can prevent scratches, scuffs, tears, and folds to happen which will preserve the life of them! However plastic sleeves are not recommended in an excessively hot environment because those sleeves can melt and stick to the cards and photos causing damage to occur when being removed. Don’t forget to remove them before the summer.