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How To Store Your Lawn Equipment In A Storage Shed For The Season
Now that winter is here, it’s vital that you protect all your lawn tools safely by storing them away in your storage shed. However, it’s crucial to ensure you have taken the necessary steps to guarantee that your equipment will be protected from the elements before simply putting all your lawn equipment into the back of your storage shed.
Although putting these things away neatly is a significant starting step, there are a few measures you should use to make sure your equipment will work the following year correctly.
As winter settles in, you’ll need your garage and storage shed to keep your car dry and your winter gear close at hand. Stahl Storage is pleased to have assisted clients in building storage spaces that help keep the place organized and aesthetic. An off-site storage container is perfect for lawn and garden equipment when it’s too chilly to go out and work in the garden. Here are some pointers to assist you in storing your lawn equipment properly.
Maintain All Of Your Lawn Equipment Correctly
If you haven’t already tucked away all your lawn equipment neatly in your storage shed it will now be a bit more difficult to do so as the snow will make things more difficult. You should take your equipment to a local engine repair shop for maintenance and cleaning. If you choose, you may also complete it yourself.
You should strive to service your blowers and lawnmowers when you have the time because replacing them can cost several hundred dollars.
Keep Your Shed Spotless And Waterproof
If you don’t want to have to deal with severe water damage, your lawn equipment must be dried off before being stored. Additionally, only breathable materials should be used to store your smaller lawn products.
Packing lawn equipment is best done with wool or cotton, all seams should be extremely tightly taped to prevent water seepage.
If you experience mold in your shed, call a reputable shed builder to fix the problem ASAP.
Winterize Your Heavy Equipment
Fuel-powered devices like your lawnmower should be prepared to idle for several months. Sharpen the blades, clean the mower, swap out the filters, and change the oil. Drain the tank or run the machine to empty as fuel can degrade over several months of idleness. Keep your device covered and away from any heat sources in a clean, dry area.
Tune Up Your Manual Tools
Your manual tools will be prepared for spring operation and shielded from a season of inactivity if they are tuned up. Use a metal file to sharpen the blades after cleaning your products. Use sandpaper to polish metal, remove corrosion, and paint chips and splinters from hardwood handles.
Find A Good Storage Location
You must pick the best storage location to secure your priceless lawn equipment fully. While a covered/indoor facility is often more efficient, outdoor storage can work in some situations.
Your lawn equipment can be stored in a storage shed with a tarp cover to add more insulation. Finding the right spot in your storage is crucial as water can even make some gadgets corrode.
Additionally, look for a self-storage facility nearby. Due to Alberta’s traditionally long and severe winters, storage is crucial. A climate-controlled storage shed in Alberta will keep your lawn equipment at average temperature throughout the winter.
Maintain Your Lawn Mower Properly
You’ll need to empty the gas tank first. The unit’s oil should be changed as well. The mower blades should be removed and put aside as they are quite sharp. Cleaning the mower and its parts and attachments should be done carefully.
You should unplug the battery and spark plug. You must prevent moisture damage to the lawnmower and all of its parts. Engine maintenance is also essential if you want your lawn mower to be fully functional for many years.
Once your lawnmower has been thoroughly examined, cleaned, and maintained, you can store it in your storage shed until the end of the winter.
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Lawn Mower Storage: Why Draining The Fuel Tank Is A Mistake
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If you’ve checked your manufacturer’s guide, you’ve probably seen a suggestion to perform some preventive maintenance prior to storage. This is always a good habit to get into. Some manufacturers will also recommend running your equipment dry before putting it away for the winter.
While draining the fuel tank may sound like a good idea, it could harm your engine.
Running a lawn mower dry will make it harder for it to fire right up when it comes time to take it out of storage. This is true of all your outdoor equipment and tools, from mowers and blowers to trimmers and chainsaws.
Lawn equipment relies on three basic elements to work. If you don’t have all three, your engine will not run:
Clean air will always be available if you take time to clean or replace your air filter. And a clean, properly-gapped spark plug usually takes care of the spark.
But fuel? If you don’t maintain components that help properly distribute gas at the right time and in the right amount, your equipment might not perform well. In fact, it may not run at all.
Draining the tank harms your lawn mowers carburetor
Draining the tank harms the “heart” of your equipment. Think of one of the most important organs in your body: your heart. The lawn mower carburetor is, in many ways, your engine’s “heart.” It blends air and fuel and circulates these elements into an engine’s cylinders.
Each time you drain the gas tank, you inadvertently put stress on your equipment’s critical “organ.” Here’s what happens:
- Draining fuel allows oxygen to enter the lawn mower’s carburetor.It’s impossible to get every last drop of gasoline out. When oxygen attacks the small fuel droplets left behind, it causes gum and varnish. If this debris settles in the wrong place, such as a needle valve tip, the carburetor will need cleaning to work properly.
- Where there is air, there is water (damage).Allowing your gas tank to sit empty for long periods leaves a huge area for water vapor to condense. When moisture collects, it can trigger corrosion in the tank, fuel lines, carburetor and cylinders, and can even cause catastrophic engine failure if a big “gulp” is taken into the engine all at once. (If your mechanic says there is “white rust” in the carburetor, this is why.)
- Fuel system plastics and rubbers are designed to live in fuel.These parts can become brittle and crack when exposed to air.
What to do instead: Avoid risks with gas stabilizer.
Manufacturers sometimes recommend draining the tank to winterize a lawn mower because the worst thing you can do is leave old fuel in an engine during long periods of storage.
You may have followed this advice in the past without noticeable issues, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. If draining the tank becomes a yearly habit, there’s a good chance you’re shortening the lifespan of your lawn mower and other tools.
There’s a much easier way to properly store your lawn equipment. To avoid damage, simply use a quality fuel stabilizer and fresh fuel before putting equipment away for the season.
Here’s how to winterize a lawn mower correctly
Step 1: Buy and stabilize fresh fuel for maximum protection. Adding fuel stabilizer to old fuel will stop it from degrading further, but the fuel may already have broken down.
Step 2: Fill your tank 95% full with fresh, stabilized fuel. Leaving a little room prevents the fuel from expanding and spilling in warmer weather, and reduces the risk of water vapor that can condense and contaminate fuel.
Step 3: Run the engine for a couple of minutes. This gets the stabilized fuel into the carburetor and fuel lines.
While you should still consult with your manufacturer for product-specific equipment and engine maintenance tips, these simple steps apply to all engines, big and small. A few minutes on each piece of yard equipment can save hours when the grass starts growing and the season kicks off in spring.
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step one is incorrect. an ethanol treatment should be used all of the time. oxygenated fuel @ 10% (e10) adds 3 1/2% oxygen to the fuel and oxygen contains water which can cause “white rust” (calcium and lime) it also enleans the fuel to a mixture from 14.7 to 1 to 15.2 to 1. which can increase the engines running temperature.
We recommend treating the fuel as soon as it is dispensed from the pump This will ensure that the fuel will be kept as fresh as possible and also help keep the fuel system clean. There is no need to add any more STA-BIL Brand unless more fuel is added. In such case, simply add enough product to cover the additional fuel. If the concern is countering the negative effects of ethanol in the fuel system, we highly recommend treating with STA-BIL 360 Performance which will prevent such issues such as corrosion, rust and condensation issues. It will also stabilize fuel for at least 12 months. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this. Thank you.
On step 4 when said to run with fuel stabilizer for couple minites, then do we still leaved fuel stabilizer in tank thru winter?
Hi Larry, after adding fuel stabilizer to a full tank and letting the engine run for a few minutes, then you are done. That’s all you need to do! Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
I have been doing the same thing with all my gas power equipment since 1976. [ snowblower, chain saw. gas trimmer. gas power washer, gas power generator. my John Deere lawn tractors right up to my new 2017 X – 570 JD. Just add a bottle of dry gas [ STA – BIL ] Starts right up come spring time. I run that same gas for my 1st lawn cutting then just had fresh gas to the tractor. Never had one single problem.
What if it is already January. and quite cool. (2 degress C at night), ….and I CANNOT start my mower and weed eater easily. Should I just pull the cord to distribute gas and stabiizer?
This will not get the gas into the carb. The carb bowl can be remove and let the fuel run through and then replace. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this. Thank you.
I am new at this and just learned this information. My mower has some gas left in it, and today is the first warm day we’ve had, so I went and bought some stabilizer. Can I put it directly in my tank with the gas it already has left in it and run the mower before storing it for the rest of the winter? I live far from town and don’t think I am able to go get fresh fuel. Thanks!
Yes. It goes directly into the mower’s gas tank. Although it is best to keep the lawnmower’s tank as full as possible prior to storage, treating the remainder fuel with STA-BIL and running the engine for about 2 minutes will help in keeping the system from varnishing (gunk).
I have tried all ways to store my snow blower for the summer and have still replaced the carberator several times. I now have found the answer. I use Tru Fuel available at Home Depot And Lowes. It is gasoline with NO ethanol. I still use stabil and still drain the tank and carb before storage. Been several years now with not one problem. Yea, it’s 20 bucks a gallon but how much do you use a season, maybe two gallons. Less that a carberator
You are correct. It is definitely true that non-ethanol fuel is more reliable than ethanol-blended fuel as it is not as susceptible to condensation, corrosion and rust issues and treating with STA-BIL still must be done to keep it as fresh as possible. However, if obtaining non-ethanol fuel is a challenge (cannot find it or unaffordable), we recommend trying STA-BIL 360 Performance as it tackles those problems while in use and storage.
Sounds like a good idea. I used 360 stabil and pure gas during the season. For me, the gas went bad and made the mower difficult to crank and keep running after about 6 weeks of nonuse. I’ll go back to running it empty at the end of the season.
We are disappointed to hear that our product did not live up to your expectations. There are several reasons that may affect results in storing fuel –from age and quality of the fuel, to the products shelf life (2 years after opening), to storage conditions. So far, in 60 years we have had very good feedback from consumers and STA-BIL is even recommended by many OEMs such as MTD and Generac as well as featuring a Full Satisfaction Guarantee. Having said that, dry storage is also a good option as long as it is done properly as leaving any residue in the fuel system may lead to varnishing, sediment accumulation, corrosion and rust.
Hi Wayne, all STA-BIL products have a shelf life of two years from the time of opening. Unopened it’s 8-10 years. Please contact us at email@example.com if you’d like help checking the manufacturing date of your bottle.
I’ve been using the red stable for all my small engines (2/4cycle) for at least 30 years with great results. I use sta-bil year around and only buy premium with no ethanol. 2016 I bought a boat with a Yamaha four stroke motor which l use the 360 marine sta-bil. Can I use the 360 marine for all of my equipment or do l need to keep a bottle of the red stable for my lawn equipment?
Hi Dan, you can use STA-BIL 360 Marine for all of your equipment. However, it is more concentrated so be sure to pay close attention to the treatment rate. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this. Thank you.
I left gas in my mower all winter, but didn’t add stabilizer, can I add it now and still use what’s in the mower or should I drain it and start with fresh gas. I still have a gallon of gas that has sat all winter. Can I add stabilizer and still use it.
It is always best to drain and start fresh if the fuel is older than 30 days. Adding STA-BIL at this point will not refresh this fuel –it will only keep it from deteriorating even further. However, there is a good chance that this fuel would be OK to use in a vehicle combined with fresh fuel. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions about this. Thank you.
Hi Ellen. Yes. Even non-ethanol blend fuel needs to be stabilized as it can start to go stale in as little as 30 days. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this. Thank you.
Ok so what happens when you run the tank dry but forget about the gas in the bowl and now the carborater is gunned up with varnish? Is there a solution to that or something that you can add to the tank to run it through to clean it up or do you have to take the carborater apart to clean it up
Hello Andrea, Before doing a thorough cleaning or have it serviced, try START YOUR ENGINES! To try to get all the gunk and varnish cleaned up. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Last season my mower stopped working. The guys at the shop recommended using Sta-Bil all year round. What type should I be using DURING the season?
Hi Brian, we would recommend using STA-BIL 360 Performance for in-season use: https://www.goldeagle.com/product/sta-bil-360-performance/ Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this product. Thank you!
what is shelf life for Sta-Bil? I have a few cans with the code 05814 and need to know if it’s still usable. Thanks.
When you buy a new lawnmower etc it does not come with gas. for years i always run the tank dry for strorage whether my generator between runs or my lawnmower between mowing seasons. They always start right up. I always keep small engines empty of fuel for down time. Works great!
Hi, Sean. If the equipment uses a 2-cycle mix fuel, simply top off the gas tank and treat with STA-BIL. No need to take the oil out.
While I understand your concerns on draining your gasoline at the seasons end, I still do. I own a fleet of small machines. For example I own a power washer, 2 and 4 cycle garden tillers. A chipper shredder. 3 lawn mowers of different shapes and sizes even a pair of snowblowers. Don’t forget the chainsaw, weed wacker and a hand held. back pack and big walk behind leaf blower. I almost forgot the hedge trimmer. Oh yeah, a house generator too. Some are 2 cycle engines most are 4 cycle. Some machines are run only once a year then the oil is changed, the gas run dry and the machine is put back in the shed clean waiting for next year. Others are run almost non stop 12 months a year. I currently use STA-BIL 360 Marine in all my fuel as they go into gas cans. I store 45 gallons of 91 octane here in 5 gallon gas cans for the emergency generator. This gas is used in all my machines as well which is tagged with the date of purchase and rotated (the oldest is burned first). If not burned in the small machines by 6 months, it’s poured into my truck to get rid of it. My spare snowblower had rust in the carburetor which I had to fix regardless of using the red stabil at the time. My push mower had issues as well, which needed my attention. Today’s gasoline is garbage. I trust stabil but only to a point. I will continue running the carburetor’s dry in the lightly used machines. I don’t have any further issues with water damage in my carburetors. They all start when needed in 1 or two pulls so running them dry won’t hurt a thing. I even use STA-BIL 360 Marine in my lightly used vehicle because the fuel purchased at the pump is of such poor quality.
Is it safe and best to use fuel stabilizer for snow blowers when you store them during the summer and fall seasons? That is around 10 months of storage. Sta bil packaging shows it is good for 6 months while videos claim up to 24 months. Honda recommends draining the fuel as fuel-caused problems will void the warranty. Looking forward to your advice.
Hello, STA-BIL Storage will keep fuel fresh for up to 24 months. However, we always recommend to follow the manufacturer guidelines to avoid any warranty issues. If you have any other questions please contact consumer support at email@example.com
Long-Term Storage for Lawnmower: Tips and Best Practices
Looking for long-term storage for lawnmower equipment? Check out our tips and best practices to keep everything in top condition!
Lawnmowers are necessary for many homeowners, but they can quickly become source of clutter and stress if not correctly stored during those winter months. If you’re looking to keep your push mower, riding lawnmower, and other garden tools for an extended period, there are a few tips and tricks you should know to keep it in good condition. Here are our best practices on long-term storage for lawnmowers and equipment:
Storage for Lawnmower and Lawn Equipment
Depending on the type, size, and amount of lawn care equipment you own, there are various storage options to take advantage of. Here are some of the most common:
Garage storage is probably the most common option for storing equipment. Most garages have enough space to store a push mower and other lawn equipment. There are some disadvantages to this option. First, keep the garage clean and organized to maximize limited storage space. Second, you must decide what you store in the garage because space is limited. If you’re keeping equipment for the winter when you don’t regularly use it, will there still be room for your vehicles? Finally, just because it’s stored in your garage doesn’t mean you don’t have to take measures to ensure your lawn equipment is maintained correctly. It will probably break down over time if you don’t take care of it. And if it breaks down, you’ll need to replace it with a new one.
There are many benefits to using storage sheds for lawn equipment. They are weatherproof and resistant to pests and decay. They also offer an easy way to organize and access tools and equipment.
However, this storage method for lawnmower equipment also has disadvantages. Sheds generally do not offer any climate control. While your equipment might not be so delicate as to require exact temperatures, extreme temperature exposure during long-term storage can still be damaging.
Storage for Lawnmower in a Unit
Self-storage units have become popular storage options for lawnmowers and lawn equipment.
Here are some of the many benefits of self-storage units:
- They can be cheaper than other storage options
- They offer the convenience of being able to store these items close to where they are used. It means you can access your equipment when you need it.
- They can be a good option if using your lawn equipment frequently, as they can hold multiple pieces of equipment at once.
- These units are also secure and usually come with 24-hour security.
When you’re ready to store equipment for the winter, consider using a storage unit. Often these units come with various features, such as climate control.
Prepare your equipment for long-term storage
If you want it to be in good shape when spring rolls around, follow these tips for long-term lawnmower storage.
Remove, sharpen and inspect the blade
To remove the blade, you’ll need to loosen the bolts that connect it to your mower. Then, use a file to sharpen the blade and inspect it for cracks or other damage. Replace it if necessary—you can buy replacement blades at most hardware stores and lawn equipment dealerships. Alternatively, most places have businesses that sharpen and inspect blades for you.
Clean your mower
Clean your mower. First, remove all leaves, twigs, and other debris from the underside of the deck. Remove any buildup of clippings in the chute by using a vacuum attachment to clean it out. Then, use a brush to clean underneath each blade on both sides of your mower’s deck. Finally, hose down your engine with water to remove dirt and grease buildup from moving parts (but don’t let water sit anywhere for too long).
Replace the spark plugs
Spark plugs need to be replaced every year. If you don’t, they can cause your lawnmower to run poorly and might lead to a dangerous fire. Spark plugs are easy and cheap to replace, so there’s no reason not to do it.
To change spark plugs, we recommend you check the owner’s manual for your equipment to see specific instructions. It would be best if you replaced spark plugs every year or two, depending on how often you use your mower and how much grass clippings, debris, and dust it picks up during operation.
It may also be necessary to replace them more frequently if you start having problems with starting or idling more than usual—this is an indication that there’s a problem somewhere within your engine that may require professional attention before any further damage is done to other parts beyond just replacing one component!
Drain and replace engine oil
Your lawnmower, trimmer, and other equipment are essential tools that help you maintain your lawn. They can also be a huge pain if they break down in the middle of the cutting season or while you’re away on vacation.
To prevent malfunctions, ensure your equipment is ready for long-term storage after the last time you use it before winter. This includes draining all fluids from the engine and changing their oil before storing them for months at a time. Oil is vital to keeping your engine running smoothly and safely.
When an engine gets cold (as in winter), its oil will thicken and become more difficult to pump through its pipelines when it warms up again later in the year when you’re ready to use it again.
In addition, old oil will begin breaking down over time into sludge that clogs up vital parts of your machine’s internal workings if left unattended too long under these conditions.
Remove the battery
It’s essential to remove the battery from your mower before storing it. Otherwise, you may experience damage to the equipment or injury while trying to start it in the spring.
- Ensure all accessories are disconnected from your lawnmower, including any extension cords or power tools used during storage.
- Remove the key from its storage compartment on your lawnmower and store it safely.
- Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on removing the battery from your model and how to store the battery correctly.
Lubricate essential parts
Before putting your equipment away, you should lubricate all the moving parts. Lubricating your lawnmower will make springtime start-up much more effortless. Here are some steps to take:
- Apply a few drops of oil to each blade. Wipe away any excess with a rag or shop towel.
- Apply a little bit of 3 in 1 oil (or other multi-purpose oil) on all four wheels that roll and each roller shoe if yours have them. This will help prevent rust from forming in those areas and allow for easier rolling when you’re ready to use it again!
- After cleaning out any debris inside the engine compartment, apply small amounts of motor oil where metal meets metal—especially around nuts holding things together and connecting rods near their bearings—and where bearings sit against their housing units. This will ensure smooth operation during storage without causing corrosion or damage over time due to a lack of lubrication during off-season storage periods.
Store in a dry and clean space
After you’ve finished using your lawn equipment, it’s time to store it. If a storage shed isn’t an option, keep in mind that there are many ways to store your gear outside a shed or garage. Perhaps the safest and most straightforward solution is within your unit at South Rock Storage!
Here are some essential things to keep in mind when storing any lawn equipment:
- Store in a dry and clean space. It’s best to find a place where the ground is level and has no moisture, such as under a carport or on your driveway. Don’t let your mower sit out in the rain because this will cause rusting over time!
- Don’t store near heat sources like fireplaces or furnaces since heat may damage certain parts of the machine, like paint jobs or plastic parts.
Remember to keep your lawnmower in good working order by following these tips and tricks for long-term storage. This will ensure that your lawnmower can serve you for many years.
Of all the storage options mentioned, storing lawnmowers and other equipment in self-storage units is the best. It will provide a safe and secure spot for your lawnmower to be held in, protecting it from water, dust, and other elements that can damage or destroy it. It also gives you the peace of mind that it will be safely stored and not damaged. This will allow you to use your lawnmower when you need it and keep it in good shape, improving your overall working experience.
If you are in Wichita, Kansas, and looking for a place to store your lawnmower, look no further than South Rock Storage. Our storage units provide you with the utmost security, making you feel confident that your belongings will be safe from theft and damage.
How to Organize a Storage Unit: 6 Tips to Get You Started
Renting a self storage unit? Check out these six tips to help you organize and plan ahead to make the most of the space.
Are you considering renting a self-storage unit in Wichita, KS? If so, it’s essential to be organized and plan to make the most of the space. Check out these six tips for getting started. How to Organize Your Items in Self-Storage Units 1. Use shelves for boxes and other items. Using shelves is a great way to organize your boxes, books, and other items you plan to use frequently. They’re also helpful for keeping the floor clear of clutter and making it easier to move throughout your storage unit. Although any shelving will technically work, we recommend sturdy shelving with a high weight limit to easily handle anything you place on it. When setting up your shelving unit, place heavy items near the bottom, fragile (or light) items at the top, and items that you frequently use on the middle shelves. Next, make sure all your boxes are labeled. Being well organized helps you remember where everything is or even helps a friend if they’re getting something from your unit on your behalf! After this step, try to organize the items by category (clothing vs. tools vs. sports gear), so related items are grouped and easier to find. 2. Label everything with a list of the contents. Labeling every box you put in your unit is essential, whether it’s full or empty. People often misplace items in their storage units because they cannot remember which unit they put them in. Labeling your boxes will always know where your belongings are, and you won’t have to waste time searching through multiple units. Labeling is also an effective way to keep track of items after they have been moved into your home when you unpack them again after moving out of storage into your new place! It may seem overkill at first because there will only be a few things left in each box, but it just becomes second nature after a while. 3. Fold clothing and linens neatly to save on space. Folding is the easiest way to save space in a self-storage unit. To fold clothes and linens, first lay them flat on a surface so that the long edges are parallel (this will create an “L” shape). Fold the bottom third of your piece of clothing up toward where it meets at the top, then fold it in half along its length. Finally, fold both sides inward toward one another until they meet at their respective middle points (like folding in half) and place them into your storage unit together with their seams facing outwards so that any dirt or dust won’t get trapped inside when you open them later on! 4. Create a list of what is in each box so that you can easily find each item. If you feel overwhelmed by the size of your storage unit, creating a list of what’s in can be helpful. After all, one of the main reasons people use self-storage units is because they need extra space for their stuff! But if you don’t know what’s in the unit already, how will you know what else needs to go in? Here are a few tips when creating a list: Be as specific as possible. For example, if you have a box labeled “summer clothes,” include a list of every item inside the box. This way, you will know precisely what is in the box and where to find it when you need it. Include the box number, what is in the box, and where it is located. Store the list with your other essential documents in a fireproof lockbox. This way, it will be protected from water damage and other disasters. Keep adding new things to your list as you move more boxes into your storage unit. If something gets lost or forgotten, you will have a comprehensive list of contents for each box to find whatever needs finding quickly! 5. Store large items like bikes and furniture against the walls. If you have larger items like bicycles or furniture, it’s best to store them against the walls of your self-storage unit. This will free up space in the middle of the unit so that you can store other things, and it will also help to protect your belongings from getting damaged if someone accidentally bumps into them while walking around. To maximize space, you can also disassemble furniture before storing it in the unit. For example, take the legs off a table or the mattress and box spring off a bed frame. Just make sure to label all the pieces, so you know how to put them back together later! Another tip is to keep the legs and machinery (screws) together by tape or in a clear plastic bag so that everything is there when you go to reassemble. 6. Use a floor plan. Just like moving into an apartment or home, having a floor plan will help keep everything organized and tidy. You might want to consider making sure that everything has its place, especially if it’s something large like furniture pieces or appliances (think washing machines). Consider putting the items you want to use the closest to the front and the longer-term storage items in the back. This will save time when looking for where something goes when needed again. Creating a floor plan is easy! Take a measuring tape and measure out the dimensions of your storage unit. Then, use graph paper to draw out a scale model of the space. Finally, start placing your belongings in the unit according to the floor plan. Final Thoughts If you take time to organize before you move in, then it will be easy to find what you need when you need it later. Self-storage units can be a great way to keep your belongings safe and sound while you’re in between homes or even need extra space. That way, it will be accessible when you need to find something later! But before you start packing everything into boxes, it’s essential to take some time to think about how you’re going to organize everything. Contact South Rock Storage today to learn more about our self-storage units in Wichita, Kansas! We have a variety of sizes and amenities to choose from so that you can find the perfect unit for your needs. Give us a call or stop by our facility today!
The Benefits of Storing Your Belongings in a Military Storage Unit
Storage units in Wichita, Kansas are a great way to store all of your belongings. Find out why a military storage unit is the best choice for you.
The Benefits of Storing Your Belongings in a Military Storage UnitYou may consider a military storage unit if you’re looking for a safe and secure place to store your belongings as an armed forces member. This type of storage offers many options, including 24/7 security, climate control, and fire protection. Here are some of the top reasons to choose a military storage solution for your storage needs.Reasons You Need Storage While in the MilitaryIn the military, you know that storage is helpful and sometimes essential. Here are a few reasons why: Military deployment When you are in the military, deploying to a location far away from your home is always possible. Deployments can be complicated because you must leave all your belongings behind. Fortunately, military storage options can help you keep your belongings safe while you are away.Military deployment can be stressful, and worrying about your belongings only adds stress. This storage option can give you peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and sound.Storage options are also great for storing things you may not need immediately but still want to keep, such as seasonal clothing or holiday decorations. This way, you can declutter your living space and make it more comfortable when you return home.PCS move You may need storage if you are in the military and have to move due to a PCS (Permanent Change of Station).Military families have to move an average of every 2-3 years, making it challenging as you accumulate a lot of belongings. Storage is an excellent solution for military personnel who need a place to keep their belongings while moving.Benefits of Military Storage Unit When you’re in the military, you have to be prepared to move at a moment’s notice. That’s why military self-storage is such a valuable resource. With military self-storage, you can safely and securely store your belongings while away on deployment or training.Here are some of the benefits of using military self-storage: Month-to-month leasing flexibility As anyone in the military knows, things can change at a moment’s notice. That’s why month-to-month leases for self-storage solutions can be a lifesaver for service members and their families. With no long-term commitment, military self-storage can provide the perfect solution for storing belongings during a PCS move or deployment.There are many other benefits of military self-storage as well. Units are typically available in a wide range of sizes, so you can find one that fits your needs. And most facilities offer military discounts to active duty and retired service members.So if you’re looking for a flexible, affordable solution for your storage needs, look no further than military self-storage.Range of military storage unit sizes You may have to move around a lot in the military. Frequent moves can make finding a place to store your belongings challenging. However, self-storage solutions come in various sizes, so you can find one that fits your needs.Smaller units are great for storing items you don’t regularly need, such as seasonal clothing or holiday decorations. You can choose a larger unit if you have more oversized items, like furniture. And if you need to store sensitive materials, like medical records or financial documents, climate-controlled units are available.The wide range of sizes benefits military self-storage because it allows you to find a unit that fits your needs.Affordable storage units with military discounts When you’re in the military, you move around a lot. And that can mean a lot of hassle when it comes to storing your belongings. But self-storage units, like South Rock Storage, with discounts for the military, can help make your life a little easier.Here are just a few of the benefits of having affordable storage solutions offering military storage discounts: You can store your belongings safely and securely while deployed.You don’t have to worry about finding a place to store your belongings when you move to a new duty station.You can access your belongings 24/7, so you don’t have to worry about them being in someone else’s possession.You can request climate-controlled storage units.Vehicle storage for the military Military self-storage has many benefits, including vehicle storage for the military. Storing a vehicle is an excellent benefit for military members who need to keep their cars stored while they are away on deployment or training.This type of storage for the military can be a great benefit because it can help keep your vehicle safe while you are away. It can also be a great way to save money on storage fees because many self-storage facilities offer discounts for military personnel.Another benefit of vehicle storage for the military is that it can help you keep your vehicle in good condition. Many self-storage facilities have climate-controlled units that can help protect your vehicle from the elements.Conveniently located next to McConnell AFBWhen looking to store your belongings, South Rock Storage’s location next to McConnell Air Force Base is a benefit of military self-storage. Here are a few reasons why: You won’t have to go far to retrieve your belongings when you need them.You can easily store things like holiday decorations and out-of-season clothes without having to drive a long distance to do so.If you’re deployed or have to move suddenly, you can rest assured that we are looking after your belongings.Simplify the Moving ProcessAs a military family, you’re used to moving around. But, that doesn’t make the process any less stressful. It can be even more challenging to keep track of everything when you’re constantly on the go. That’s why it’s vital to simplify the moving process as much as possible.One way to do this is using military storage, which can help you declutter your home and make it easier to pack up and move when the time comes. It’s also a great way to keep belongings safe while deployed or stationed overseas.Military storage units are the answer if you’re looking for a hassle-free way to move your belongings. It will make your life a lot easier and help you stay organized while constantly on the go.Moving Tips for Military FamiliesAs military families are well aware, moving can be a part of life. While exploring a new place can be exciting, it can also be stressful.Here are a few moving ideas to help make the transition smoother for everyone involved.Start by decluttering your home. Decluttering will not only make packing more straightforward, but it will also help you save on storage costs.Make sure to pack essential items separately from everything else. This way, you’ll have what you need right away and won’t have to rummage through boxes in search of specific items.Utilize self-storage, if possible, as a great way to keep your belongings safe and out of the way while you’re settling into your new home.Give yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare for the move.Military Storage TipsIf you are in the military or have a family member who is, you know that storage can be a challenge. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your space.Have a plan. Decide what you need to store and where it will go. Just as in the field, having a plan will help you make the most of your space and avoid clutter.Use storage containers. Invest in good-quality storage containers to protect your belongings from dust, moisture, and pests.Label everything. Labeling will help you find things quickly and keep track of what is where.Keep it clean. Regular cleaning will help organize your storage area and prevent mold and mildew from growing.Check for pests regularly.Remember Your Rights and Reasonable ExpectationsWhen military families move, there are certain things they should expect from their storage unit facility, and in particular situations, they may be protected by Federal laws.Here are three things you should expect from your facility: Military families have the right to a safe and secure storage facility.Military families have the right to have their belongings stored for a reasonable period of time.Military families have the right to receive compensation if their belongings are damaged or lost while in storage.How does the SCRA affect your storage?When active duty military members enter into storage contracts, they could receive protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). This federal law provides certain protections for service members in particular situations, including a limit on how much storage companies can charge for late fees.Under the SCRA conditions, storage companies are only allowed to charge up to 6% annually on any unpaid balances owed by service members. So, if you have a balance of 100 that you haven’t paid in 3 months, the most the storage company can charge you is 1.80 in late fees (0.60 per month).In addition, the SCRA has, in particular circumstances, guidelines regarding the storage company’s ability to auction off service members’ units who are behind on their payments. This protection applies to self-storage units and those part of a moving company’s services.It is wise to familiarize yourself with the details to see if you qualify under SCRA for protection and benefits.Final ThoughtsStoring your belongings in a military storage unit has many benefits. You can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and secure, and you can take advantage of the discounts available to military members.You can simply pick up your belongings and leave when ready to move—no need to worry about finding a new storage solution or packing and moving your belongings.If you are in Wichita, KS, and looking for a storage facility near McConnell Air Force Base, contact South Rock Storage today! The company is a proud provider of storage and moving services to the military community, and we’d love to tell you about our discounts for military members.
Tips for Lawn Equipment Storage
Fall is around the corner, and the weather is starting to change. It’s about time to go through all your outdoor lawn equipment and get them ready to store for the winter months. Or maybe you are moving and have the task of going through your garage or shed and getting all these things ready to store and move. Either way, this task can seem overwhelming, since there are so many tools that are sharp, odd shaped, dirty, and/or heavy. Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your lawn equipment is ready for storage and that you store it in the most organized way possible.
The first step to simplifying the packing and storing process is to dedicate some time to go through everything and toss out what you do not need. If that hose is completely bent out of shape or those hedge clippers are dull and warped beyond repair, do you really want to bother storing those things when you know you will not use them next year? Of course you don’t!
This is the time to stop feeling bad about tossing out junk or donating any duplicate items. If it is something you did not use while you were keeping up and enjoying your yard this year, chances are you will not use it next year. Clear it out so you have the space to store what you will actually use. Check out Porta-Stor’s blog on decluttering for more information.
Organize What’s Left
Now that you have tossed out those broken tools and decluttered all your lawn equipment, you need to get everything good and organized.
Hand Tools – Place all of these items in a handled bucket, basket, or other easy-to-access container. This way they are all together and easy for you to find and use as you go to work in your yard the next time.
Long-Handled Equipment – These types of items should all be bundled together and do not necessarily need to be stored in a box or tote.
Attachments – Take the attachments off of your power tools and other complex equipment and store them separately. This keeps them from coming apart and breaking while moving around placing in storage.
Equipment with Engines – The first thing you need to do is make sure that gas-powered items are clean of gasoline and oil and completely dry. Give them a good power wash and clean underneath. You can also get some protective covers for the blades, and make sure all attachments are taken off and stored away safely.
Organize Patio and Outdoor Areas
By going through all of the things on your deck or outdoor patio, you will find things to discard as well as things that will need to be packed with your outdoor equipment. Do a quick walk through and look over of these areas. Be sure to clean and dry what you can and get it ready to store. This could include your grill, which you will need to make sure is cleaned up and protected before putting into storage. If you are storing your outdoor furniture with your outdoor lawn equipment, make sure that is also clean and covered to prevent damage.
Over time, things will need to be replaced and some will go missing, but if you take the steps to go through, clean, and organize all of your outdoor lawn equipment each season, you are less likely to misplace or break something. Remember to label your storage totes and pack it all in your storage area in a way that will be easy to access. When filling a storage area, consider which items will need to be retrieved first, and put those closer to the front.
As you go to store your larger equipment like your lawn mower and patio furniture, remember to make sure they are well cleaned, completely dry, and have good covers over them. Even though they are in a storage container or shed, dust and other particles can still get to them. The better upkeep maintenance you do with these items, the longer they will last.