Winter is usually very harsh, the cold can cause many damages to your home and with that, you always need to prepare for it. Prepping, your garage for winter is essential as it can limit the amount of damage that the cold can do. Insulating it can protect the pipes, keep the garage warmer as well as protect the storage and the items in it.
Moreover, great preparation and care during this time can also increase the level of warmth in your home, only if the garage has a wall attached to the main house. It can also help with reducing the energy bills.
You can always rotate your storage area, remove some liquids in the garage, and store them elsewhere. Probably somewhere, the cold will not freeze them.
However, the garage is a big place and there is bound to be loads of other items that you cannot just rotate season after season in order to protect them.
Therefore, here are a few steps you can follow, in order to make your garage conducive and safe, even in winter.
1. You Can Insulate the Garage Door
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You can insulate your garage doors by simply measuring and cutting foam boards, which you can add on each metal panel. Likewise, you can opt for a new insulated garage door to replace the old one.
Moreover, automatic garage doors also need to be checked from the wiring to the batteries. Ice and cold can also make the doors a bit hard to open, so just lubricate all the metal parts, and remove, any ice on them.
In addition, weather stripping often wears annually. Therefore, make some checks, especially on all doors and windows. You can use PVC stop molding or any other quality heavy-duty stripping, as they tend to last.
You can then buy a portable garage space heater. It can make your garage space easy to work in. Besides, you can use the space heater for all seasons, to control the temperatures.
2. Insulate the Garage Plumbing
Before winter comes, make sure you have insulated all the pipes that run through the garage.You can use tubular foam sealing to wrap them up. Just ensure the insulations wraps are the right size for the pipes, to ensure complete insulation all over.
Moreover, if your hot water heater is located in the garage, cover it as well. Also, cover your air conditioner, or turn it right side up and store it in the garage. Otherwise, it might not work in summer when you need it the most.
Also, try to keep your house temperature above 55°F. In addition, cut off the water supply to your outdoor hose and store the sprinkler in a dry place.
3. Create Room for Outdoor Items
You should also create some dry space in the garage for storing outdoor furniture, grill, and even toys. Otherwise, pests will use them as a new winter home, destroying them in the process.
Moreover, to keep all pests and rodents off your garage, store everything in a dry place and seal any bags and containers to prevent any critters from climbing inside them.
In relation, moisture can also help in the breeding of flea, water bugs and mosquitoes so keep everything dry and compact during the winter season.
4. Have a Stockpile of Material for Taking Care of the Ice and Snow
You can have a stockpile of salt for taking care of the snow on your steps, sidewalks, and driveway. A snow shovel and snow blower are also necessary for digging and taking care of your whole property.
You can also invest in a coat rack, floor mats, and a shoe rack to track any muddy snow, no further than your garage.
5. Car care
When it comes to preparing your garage for winter, it is important you also prepare your car, as it will spend most of its time there. You can check for its battery life, antifreeze levels and remember to stock some fuel.
Additionally, you will need a windshield scraper as well as other snow removal tools in store, some sand to use as traction in case you are stuck.
An emergency kit is also essential. You can have some antiseptics and Band-Aids as well as an extra blanket and a hand-crank radio in your car, just in case your mobile phone dies. You never know when you will be stranded on the road or snowed in your own house.
Garage maintenance and care before and during winter are essential, as it can affect loads of other stuff from your car to your main house. Therefore, you have to prepare very well and do everything as expected to keep your items, tools and even house in good care.