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Tips for Storing Winter Snow Equipment in Self Storage

No one wants to waste valuable space in their garage storing snow blowers, snow removal equipment and other items used only in the winter. A handy alternative to a cluttered garage is to rent a self storage unit in Denver to use for all out-of-season belongings. However, before putting snow removal equipment in storage units, it often needs some preventative maintenance. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a snowblower that doesn't work the next time it snows.

Check the User's Manual

The user's manual for the snow blower will have a section on repair and maintenance as well as one on off-season storage. These will help determine what should be done before contacting the self storage management about renting a storage unit. This usually involves cleaning the equipment and making sure it is totally dry. There are also some parts that are best replaced, or at least cleaned, at the end of each winter season. These include the spark plugs. Other parts, such as skid shoes and shave plates, need to be checked for wear or damage, but are often fine to use for more than one year.

Deal With the Fuel

Another step to take before going to the storage facility management office for a key to your new unit is to drain the fuel from the snow blower. Change the oil, clean the muffler and engine and apply a little oil to any place on the snow blower that might get rusty. Then add new fuel along with fuel stabilizer to the tank. Some people recommend storing this type of equipment with an empty tank, but this can cause its own problems, including an increased risk for rust or cracked O-rings or gaskets. Make sure that the engine isn't tilted, which could cause the fuel or the oil to leak.

Speak with storage management to find a facility that offers 24-hour access, is very clean, doesn't have any pest control issues and that has good security. Find a unit that is easy to get your snow blower to, such as one with drive-up access, and that is both climate and humidity controlled for the best results. This is particularly important when storing items with gas in the tank.

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