Storage Kelowna: 5 Ways to Keep Your Belongings Safe from the Cold

Posted on November 12, 2020

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Protect your boat in winter by covering it at Space Centre’s Kelowna storage facilities.

While snow falling on cedars is a beautiful thing, snow falling on your rattan patio furniture is not. Cold temperatures and moisture can cause extensive damage to your belongings. We look at things that should be protected when the temperature drops and why heated storage in Kelowna is one of the best ways to keep your possessions from freezing.


Move These Items from the Outside In

Fall is an excellent time to look around your lawn for items that might be susceptible to the cold. Yard items can often become brittle or can corrode in cold weather. Look for dry and evenly heated indoor spaces, such as climate-controlled storage, to protect items such as:

  • Lawn equipment (lawnmowers, battery-operated trimmers)
  • Patio furniture (seek storage for furniture that contains wood, wicker/rattan, fabrics, and metal)
  • Tools (garden implements, mechanical tools)
  • Sports equipment (bicycles, paddleboards, hiking and fishing hear)
  • Barbecues/propane fire spits (disengage from the propane tank first)
  • Summer tires 
  • RV, camper and boat batteries 


Check What’s Stored Inside Your Attic, Basement, Crawl Space, Shed or Garage

Attics, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, and unfinished basements are not only breeding grounds for rodents and insects, but they are also susceptible to moisture and cold. Items that can become damaged from the cold inside an attic, garage, basement, shed or crawl space include:

  • Furniture made from natural materials such as wood and leather
  • Clothing and natural fabrics
  • Electronics and battery-operated toys
  • Documents and photos
  • Glass and ceramic dishware or decor
  • Water-based appliances (such as washing machines, fridges, freezers) 
  • Musical instruments
  • Artwork
  • Wine and other liquids


Look for Packaging Materials to Protect Your Items From the Cold 

In the same way that we wear protective clothing, your belongings should also be protected from the cold with the right packaging materials. When packing  items for storage, use:

  • Towels or blankets
  • Wardrobe boxes for clothing
  • Plastic containers
  • Insulated bubble wrap   
  • Water-resistant packing tape


Protect Your Boat, RV, Trailer, or Car

Snow and cold can affect recreational vehicles, boats, and cars in storage. When storing any vehicle, make sure to:

  • Drain water in all lines, pipes
  • Remove propane tanks and batteries and store separately
  • Seal cracks and repair damage to roofs, windows, doors
  • Cover your RV, boat, or car with a water-proof canvas

For more information, read how to Get a Jump Start on Winter with Boat and RV Storage.

Seek Out Heated and Climate-Controlled Storage Facilities in Kelowna

Protect your items from the cold by storing them in heated storage units with humidity control or look for self-storage where the temperature is kept above 0°C.

Are you looking for heated and climate-controlled Kelowna storage?  Space Centre Storage offers humidity-controlled, heated, and non-heated units kept above °0C, with indoor and covered access. Contact Space Centre Storage for more information and a free tour of our storage facilities in Kelowna.

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