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Preparing Your Garage For Winter

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Oh my….Summer is coming to a close…Autumn is almost upon us, and the days are getting shorter already. The air is cooler now even during the daytime. Seems like there is a chill in the air that wasn’t there just a few weeks ago.

Winter is coming.

Holy cow! You have got to get things ready for the winter, and the garage is a top priority. After all, there is water out there, and you have the firewood stored there, too. It’s time to winterize the place.

What should you do to winterize your garage? Here is a brief checklist. Be sure to add any other things that might be particular to your own garage, house or area of the country.

  1. Prepare the water pipes. If you have running water out there, it is absolutely imperative that you protect the pipes. In some cases one can shut off the water to the garage, as the water is not essential for the winter. A spare bath, for example, might not be needed for the winter, and you can shut it off from the rest of the service. Be sure to drain the lines if you do this….
  2. Determine if you plan to use the garage for daily use of automobiles or other uses. You might actually determine a need to heat the space. I have a friend that leaves his home each winter, and stores all his special-needs items in the garage, and heats that space just enough to keep his items from being damaged.
  3. Prepare the windows and doors for snow and ice, if you are not planning to keep these areas clear all winter. Snowdrifts can break glass, and bend doors, as well as leak water to the inside, causing lots of water damage. Be aware that is a possibility, and keep your stored items dry.

Take some time to address these things and you will ride out the winter in peace and quiet.

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