Your trusty lawn mower has loyally helped you keep your yard in pristine condition all summer long. As the temperatures drop, and it’s time to put your mower away, you should ensure you properly prepare it for storage. According to a press release from the Briggs & Stratton Corporation, a majority of homeowners don’t properly maintain their lawn mowers during the fall. A survey on behalf of the company indicated 58 percent of individuals who live in a climate that experiences winter just store their mower as-is during the colder months. “A few simple steps in fall can help keep your lawn mower in good working condition and make it last longer,” said Carissa Gingras, marketing director for consumer engines and service at Briggs & Stratton. “Just like car owners routinely performing oil changes and tune-ups, homeowners need to take care of their outdoor power equipment.
Consider a professional servicing
If you don’t have the time to clean your lawn mower, This Old House suggested hiring a professional to service the machine. Without the proper maintenance, you risk having a mower that doesn’t work properly when the grass starts growing again.
Prepare for storage
If you decide to clean your lawn mower yourself, there are a few things you’ll need to make sure of. First, ensure the gas tank is run empty. It’s also a good idea to add a fuel treatment and stabilizer. In addition, it’s important to remove the battery if one is present and thoroughly clean the undercarriage.
The harsh temperatures and conditions during the winter can leave a lawn mower damaged. Consider a climate-controlled storage unit to ensure your machine continues running and working perfectly. Check out a local SecurCare Self Storage facility today!