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Spring has almost sprung! It’s finally time to retire the winter items in exchange for bicycles, rain boots and the summer grill. In order to keep your winter items in tip-top shape for next season, it is important to store them properly. Try out these winter storage tips!
How to Store a Snow Blower
In order to keep your snow blower working for next winter, it is important to properly prepare your it for storage.
- Drain the Fuel from the Snow Blower: Before you can store your snow blower, it is important to drain the gasoline from it. To ensure all of the gas is drained, start the snow blower and let it run until it goes out. If you don’t want to drain the gasoline, add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. This will keep the fuel from going bad during the off-season.
- Remove the Spark Plug: Before storing your snow blower, remove the spark plug from the machine. Lubricate the pieces of the engine by pouring some oil onto the pistons of the snow blower.
- Cover the Snow Blower: Cover your snow blower with a heavy tarp to prevent dust and dirt from settling on it during storage.
- Store in a Safe Location: To prevent the formation of rust, store your snow blower in a dry location free from fluctuations in temperature and humidity. It is best to store your snow blower indoors. If you are unable to store your snow blower indoors, consider storing it in a storage unit.
Shovel Storage Tips
Shovels can be tricky to store during the summer but are vital to have during the winter. Try out these shovel storage tips!
- Clean off Your Shovel: It is important to never store an item that is dirty. Any left-over dirt or moisture can form mold or mildew during the off-season.
- Use a Shovel Storage Rack: The last thing you want is your shovel falling and scratching your vehicle or bicycle during storage. Use a shovel rack to keep your shovels, rakes and summer tools organized during the off-season.
Sled Storage Tips
During the spring and summer, it is important to properly store your sled and winter tubes. Try out these sled and winter tube storage tips!
- Clean Off Your Sled and Snow Tube: In order to prevent mold or mildew from forming on your sled and snow tube during the off-season, it is important to clean them off before storage. Use a mild solution of water and detergent to remove any caked-on dirt, then rinse thoroughly.
- Find a Safe Storage Location: Due to the extreme heat fluctuations, a garage or tool shed is not a good off-season sled storage location. If you’re unable to store your sled or snow tube indoors, consider storing them in a storage unit.
Are You Looking for a Place to Store Your Winter Items?
ezStorage has storage facilities in Maryland, Virginia and the DC and Baltimore region. Our storage unit sizes range the smaller 5×5 sized storage unit, to the 10×30 sized storage unit. So, whether you are storing a snow blower and a few sleds, or, a whole fleet of sleds and other winter equipment, we have you covered. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!