Winterize Your Garage

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Dec 15, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Winterize_Your_GarageOld Man winter is getting ready to level his yearly assault on us. Let's all hope we avoid the Snowmageddons of prior years.  

Just as we get our yards, pools and porches ready for winter, we can do the same for our garage. Here are a few tips to assist with safety, storage, maintenance and prevention.  Most take only a few minutes and can save hours of headache and additional spending.

Check the Garage Door Seals for Issues

Take a moment to check the weather stripping on the bottom of the garage door and also the seals on the man-door into the home. If any of these seals are damaged, it allows cold air, debris and rodents to enter the garage or home. Keeping seals tight will keep those field mice in the fields.

Shield Garage Door Rails & Sensors from Damage

Keep items away or secured so that they cannot impede or damage the garage door tracks. If moving large items or equipment in and out of the your garage, be careful not to strike the tracks or sensors. Bumping the sensors can cause the garage door to not open or close properly from the remotes.

Pre-position Snow Blowers for Convenience

Have that snow blower or tractor with plow gassed up and a clear path out the garage door. Moving the cars, contents and storage items around during a snow storm is no fun. Make sure you need only open one garage door and run the snow blower directly out the door.

Moving bags or containers of snow melt chemicals close to the man door makes it quick and safe to apply those chemicals outside. Also, have snow shovels out and ready.

Add Floor Mats for Safety

While most of us have a welcome mat at the man doors, winter makes for slippery conditions when entering and leaving vehicles and traversing the main walkway. Adding carpet strips or floor mats from the outside door to the entry into the main home not only removes debris from footware, but prevents slipping on snow shoes and other footware that lacks wet floor traction.

Adding floor mats at the doors of the vehicles also prevents slipping when entering and departing from vehicles that are dropping snow and water onto the garage floor.

Safeguard Your Garage Investment

As a professional floor coatings company, I know this one sounds self-serving. But, a garage floor coating protects your garage floor from damaging winter salts, abrasive sands and stones in snow and from rust stains from snow shovels, tire chains and snow blowers.

It's not too late, as our professional floor coatings can be installed below freezing temperatures. Our teams have installed hundreds of garage floor coatings at temperatures below 30 degrees in all of our service areas.

Coated or not, sweeping the winter melt off and debris out periodically will help protect your floor and keep you from tracking these items into the home.

Unhook & Drain Water Hoses

If you garage has a hose bib, ensure the garden hose is disconnected. Drain hoses of all water before wrapping them up for the season. 

If your garage has heat, this step is probably not necessary. If you wish to add heat, check out 3 ways to add heat to your garage.

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Subscribe to our blog Ray-Rays-BallMike can personally vouch for ensuring the snow blower is ready. Several years, he has forgot this tip and been out in a freezing cold garage trying to jockey the snow blower around the garden tractor, push mower and various other items.

Mike also suggests you ensure no items can get sucked up into the snow blower. He pulled in one of his Greyhound's play toys (a pony ball) and seized his snow blower's auger for the remainder of the winter.

Topics: Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Organization

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