Exploring Vehicle Storage Options

Hello, my name is Devon Vester. I am here to talk to you about vehicle storage options. I have a strong passion for vehicles of all kinds. As a result, I am always picking up vintage vehicles to fix and sell. Unfortunately, I only have one authorized parking spot in front of my home. I cope with this limitation by storing all of my acquired vehicles in a high quality facility. Storage facilities offer outdoor and indoor storage options for vehicles. Indoor options may even be temperature and humidity controlled to protect the paint and interior materials. I hope to explore all of the storage options to help you pick the best unit for your vehicles. I will talk about the different vehicle parts that benefit from sitting in a garage rather than staying outdoors in the elements. Thank you.

Storing A Washing Machine: 4 Rules To Follow


You might think storing a washing machine is as simple as unplugging it, sticking it in a moving truck, and then plopping it in a storage unit at a place like Lake County Storage of Round Lake Heights. However, if you go this route, chances are good that your washing machine will emerge from storage damaged, chewed by rodents, or otherwise unusable. When storing a washing machine, make sure you follow these four rules for success.

Rule 1: Clean it out beforehand.

It's a common misconception that washing machines are clean inside. If you have a model where this is possible, tip the interior basket to the side a little; you'll probably see all sorts of yucky soap scum and grime around the edges. In storage, this grime can start to take on a pretty nasty stench, so it's best to remove it before storing your washer. Purchase a washing machine cleaner pack from your local store, and use it according to package instructions. Typically, you just run an empty load with the cleaning solution, which loosens and washes away the grime.

Rule 2: Make sure it's completely dry inside.

To make sure your washer does not get moldy in storage, leave it open to dry for at least a day after you're done cleaning it. If the machine is in a humid basement, you may want to carry it upstairs at this point, so it can dry out properly.

Rule 3: Choose climate-controlled storage.

Today's washing machines have a lot of electronic and computerized components that can be rendered useless if they go through a lot of changes in temperature or humidity. To ensure you don't rust out your computer components, always choose climate-controlled storage for a washer (and for any other large appliance, for that matter). The only exception to this might be if you know you're only storing your washer for a few weeks, and you know the temperature will be quite stable during that time.

Rule 4: Disconnect the hoses.

Always disconnect the hoses from the back of the washer. If left in place, these can be an appealing hideout for rodents and bugs. Wash the hoses, let them dry completely, and then store them inside the washing machine for safe keeping.

If you follow the rules above, you'll increase your chances of pulling your washer out of storage in good condition. Be sure to leave yourself a few days time for the preparation process, since you'll need to wash and dry your machine thoroughly.


4 August 2015