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Clean Your Garage Now, Avoid Headaches When Temperatures Drop

By Joshua Baethge 10.30.17

While Texans may not have to deal with the merciless winters of the north, the Lone Star State still has its share of bone-chilling days. These changes often come with little warning, as 70-degree days quickly give way to road-crippling ice storms.

You may not realize one of the most vulnerable parts of your home is your garage. People in colder climates may consider insulating or even heating them. While these options can help, they are generally not cost-effective or energy-efficient. However, a little fall prep work can go a long way toward ensuring that cold winter nights are spent sipping cocoa in front of the fire instead of dealing with a homeowner’s nightmare.

Relocate Beverages

Back in the sunny days of summer, the garage seemed like the perfect place to store those extra soda bottles and cans you picked up on sale for your backyard barbecues and pool parties. But as cold weather moves in, those refreshing beverages could spell trouble. Without an internal heat source, the garage temperature will slowly fall until it matches the temperature outdoors. As we all learned in middle school science, water expands as it freezes, meaning those innocent drinks could soon crack, causing at minimum a mess to clean up.

Review Proper Storage Temperatures

There is a reason these products have recommended storage instructions. Many chemicals are vulnerable to temperature fluctuations. Things like pool chemicals, household cleaners, and car polish are best stored indoors where the temperature is controlled. Some products may simply become unusable, while others could actually explode.

Remove Toiletry Items

Hair spray, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, and lotion are also all vulnerable to cold weather. Take them inside — they may make you look better, but they don’t do much for the garage.

Paint

The garage may seem like the perfect place to store paint. However, if you plan on using it again, you’ll need to store it in a place that isn’t subject to freezing temperatures. Paint that has been frozen and thawed often acquires a different consistency that may render it useless.

Make Sure You’re Covered

Sometimes even your best efforts aren’t enough to prevent a disaster. Winter storms can bring far more harm than a garage mess to clean up. When the unpredictable happens, having a good homeowners policy is key. Call your Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent today and put your mind at ease. 

Coverage and discounts are subject to qualifications and policy terms and may vary by situation.

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