South Mississippi and Alabama areas are experiencing unusually cold weather this winter season.  We thought it would be good to share some “Best practices” regarding storing during cold weather..

Cold Weather Vehicle Storage

Are you storing a vehicle?  It is almost a guarantee that your battery will be dead by the time spring arrives.  Please make sure that your vehicle isn’t leaking any fluids that may have frozen or expanded due to the freezing temperatures.  If they have, please notify the management immediately, so we can assist in cleaning  and to ensure that no chemicals have leaked into any other units.  It is always best to disconnect the battery and cover the battery terminals to prevent corrosion and possible leakage.

Temperature-controlled or not?

If you are looking to get a storage unit because you are concerned about the winter weather, it is advised that you get a temperature-controlled unit.  These units will ensure that your belongings do not experience freezing temperatures.  While they may not be kept at a toasty level that you may have your home set on, you won’t have to bundle up when going through your unit.

Are you seriously mowing in the winter?

While South MS & AL do experience warmer winters, grass still seems to go into a type of hibernation beginning in October every year.  So, during the winter months, store your yard equipment in a non-temperature controlled unit.  Ethanol Warning: Because ethanol is found in nearly all gas purchased from gas stations now, it is HIGHLY recommended that you empty your gas tanks and lines prior to storage (even if storing at your home.)  Ethanol can damage carburetors and lines when sitting for long periods of time, making repairs or replacement of parts necessary before using them again.  Emptying your gas tanks also helps to eliminate fumes while in storage as well as minimizes risk of accidental ignition.

Protecting collectibles?

When storing collectibles use plastic, acid-free sleeves to store pictures and sports cards.  While your collectibles might be safe in a non-temperature controlled unit during the cold weather, it is NOT recommended in hot weather.  Also, plastic sleeves in a hot unit can irreparably damage these things.  It is just a good idea to store these things in a temperature-controlled unit to prevent damage.

The Beach…In this Weather?

Since we live in an area where beach-going and river-riding is common place, during cold weather, make sure that you clean and dry your beach/water gear really well before storing them.  While cold weather might not damage these items, frozen water in porous materials can cause expansion and cracking.  Always make sure these items are clean and dry before storing in a non-temperature controlled unit.

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