Winterizing the Garage
One or, depending on the size, two cars, garden and work tools, maybe even bicycles or a motorbike - in a garage, the most diverse things are often stored dry and secure. In order to keep the in-house garage dry even in the cold winter months, it should be winterized in the fall.
Dryness - particularly important in winter
Especially during the winter months, can be cold and damp cause mold, mildew or rust to form on equipment or stored objects. For longer standing in the garage, damp cold is also very harmful, both for the engine and for the body. Accordingly, places where moisture can enter can be sealed or closed.
Cleanliness - Part of a Winterproof Garage
Dusty implements, fallen leaves and dirt in the corners - such conditions should be dealt with in order to protect one's health Winterizing the garage. Because this should not only be dry in winter, but also as clean as possible. Foliage, dust and dirt are removed, as they can form an ideal breeding ground for mold and odors, especially along with moisture during the winter months. Also you should be able to penetrate potential spots on the dirt and dust in the garage, seal or seal. One or more floor mats to scrape off dirt, snow or leaves from the shoes when entering the garage from the outside may also be useful. These measures keep it clean inside the garage during the winter months, which in turn protects the stored items and parked vehicles.
How to make the garage quick and easy for the winter
Moisture and dirt are all in one during the winter months Garage problematic if you want to accommodate vehicles or equipment with a certain value in it.
Before it gets cold and damp, you should accordingly cover or close places, can get through the dirt and moisture in the interior of the garage. This includes checking if the garage door properly closes , as well as any existing garage doors. A badly closing door or a poorly closing door should be repaired, sometimes it helps to lubricate the hinges. Lubricated hinges also make it easier to open and close the garage door, even in winter cold weather.
At the same time, make sure that adequate ventilation remains, as there is also a lack of ventilation to collect moisture and Formation of mold can result. Ventilation slots should not be obstructed by objects and should be kept as clear as possible.
If the humidity in the garage is still quite high, a dehumidifier with salt granules can be an easy solution to get drier air. The granules extract the moisture from the ambient air until it is saturated with water. The excess water then drips into a collection container, which should be emptied regularly. You can get simple but effective dehumidifiers with granules for little money in the hardware store.
The dirt that has accumulated in the garage over the year can usually be easily removed with a broom . Sometimes it can be useful to hose down or wipe the floor.
Garage Storage Winter Tips
Storage for all sorts of things that have accumulated over the year - besides parking cars many garages also used as storeroom.
However, garden tools and other utensils to survive the cold season in the garage as unscathed as possible, you should stow them well and in some cases also pack or cover. In most cases, simple tarpaulins protect against dirt and moisture. Instead of cardboard boxes, plastic boxes or boxes made of wood are recommended for smaller appliances and utensils, as they are more stable and can not harm them. If the garage is very crowded, labeling the boxes may make sense to make it easier to find everything.
Sensitive plants that can not survive the winter outside can also be put into the garage, where they can spend the winter protected. Depending on the type of plant, a protective cover is also recommended, in part a window is also needed for light exposure.
The car in the winter-proof garage
No slush, no cold or damp - a winter-proof garage is the ideal place if you want to get your car through the cold months unscathed. If you want to keep your car in the garage for the winter, keep it as dry as possible and do not temper it too cold. This prevents the formation of rust and corrosion and also protects the engine. A bed sheet or a tarpaulin, as well as the sweeping or sucking out of the garage interior helps against dust on the paint. The battery should be disconnected and can remain in the engine if the garage is not too cold. Otherwise, this should be better housed in the house, where it is warmer, then it still works in the spring and the car should start easily.
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