Is Your Shed Ready for the Cold Weather?
Most people conduct a variety of maintenance tasks in order to prepare their homes for the cold winter months; but, did you know that there are things you can do to prepare your shed for winter? Of course, there are! Consider some basic maintenance tasks that can help keep your shed in good condition throughout the snowy months of winter.
A How-To Guide for Winter Shed Maintenance
Check the Weather Stripping
One of the most effective things you can do to get your shed ready for winter is to check the condition of the weather stripping around the doors and windows. If it's cracked or tearing away from the wall, then it's a good idea to replace it. Weather stripping can prevent moisture from gaining access to your shed. A buildup of moisture can lead to mold or even start to rot the wood of your shed. Weather stripping is relatively inexpensive and can be found at any hardware or home improvement store.
Clear Away Debris from Around Your Shed
Take a walk around your shed to see if there are any weeds, branches or sticks piled up against the walls. The presence of this type of debris can encourage mice to take up residence in and around your shed during the winter. Mice can chew through wood and damage items in your shed. Put all of the debris in a wheelbarrow and roll it a good distance away from your shed. In addition, look for hives and wasp nests attached to the outside of your shed. Be sure that the hive or nest is not active before knocking it down with a broom and removing it from the area. Never attempt to move a hive or wasp nest that is still occupied.
Clean the Interior of the Shed
Sweeping out dirt, removing used rags and taking trash away helps to discourage mice, moles and other rodents from creating a winter home in your shed. Try storing your garden gloves or work gloves in a covered plastic bin to keep them safe from mice. Also, if you store dry food for dogs or cats in your shed, be sure to put the bags into a metal garbage can with a secure lid. This keeps mice, rats and other rodents from tearing into the bag and trailing food across the floor of your shed. A little forethought allows you to safely store items in your shed throughout the winter months.
Check the Condition of Your Walls and Roof Shingles
Along with checking the area around the shed, look at the walls and roof. Are the shingles in good condition or do they need a repair or two? The walls should be free of holes and loose nails. Making small repairs to your shed before the cold weather sets in can help you to avoid a larger issue after the winter months are over.
If you notice the snow piling up on the roof of your shed, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time. Remember, do some winter maintenance to avoid unpleasant surprises in the spring. Thanks for reading!-Alan