Prepare and Protect Your Outdoor Kitchen for Winter
If holiday decorating and shopping have kept you busy, you may not have gotten around to winterizing your outdoor kitchen. Spring is still a few months away, and it’s important to perform proper maintenance so you can enjoy your kitchen again when it warms up.
Today, the team at Nixa Lawn Service gives helpful tips for winterizing your outdoor kitchen, so it will be protected and ready when warm weather returns.
First, address your plumbing system. Water that remains in the pipes can cause major problems — when it’s cold enough the water can freeze and your pipes could burst. You can avoid expensive repairs by guaranteeing that no water is left in your plumbing system over the winter. Find the water supply line that leads to your kitchen from the indoor plumbing system. Use the valve inside your home to shut down the water supply, and begin draining the lines. Lastly, open the hot and cold faucets until no water runs out.
To clean and prepare your grill for winter, take these steps:
-Start with a degreaser, then follow it with stainless steel polish.
-Use a metal brush to clean areas that are difficult to reach.
-Clean the cooking grates and wipe vegetable oil on both sides of the grates (so they don’t rust).
-Allow the grill to heat at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. This will season the grates.
-Turn off the gas line.
Make sure to clean every surface before covering your grill for winter!
Cabinets and Countertops
While countertops in cold climates can become cracked and stained, taking the right steps will prevent wear and tear from the elements. First, remove everything from your cabinets and clean them out thoroughly. Next, you can apply sealers and finishers to protect your surfaces. If your cabinets are made from wood, use a protective oil. For stainless steel cabinets, coat them with a fresh layer of stainless steel polish. It’s also a good idea to cover your sink so winter debris doesn’t enter the drain or scratch the finish.
After you shut off the water supply lines connected to your fridge, ice maker and sink, allow any excess water to drain from the lines. Remove and scrub away any food and debris that remains. Unplug the device and clean it with soap and water. Next, wipe down the inside and dry it well. If you have an ice maker, empty the storage bin and close the drain valve. It’s better to leave refrigerators and ice makers uncovered, or else moisture will accumulate.
Finally, to thoroughly winterize your outdoor kitchen, take care of fire pits. Remove all debris, ash, and wood that may have assembled throughout the summer. If your fire runs on gas, make sure to turn off the supply. You can use a weather-resistant cover to protect your pit from snow, leaves, and animals. Choose a cover that’s custom designed for the dimensions of your unit.
Nixa Lawn Service Can Help
If you have an outdoor kitchen, Nixa Lawn Service can help you prepare for winter. If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen yet, Nixa Lawn Service can build the perfect outdoor kitchen for you. To enrich your property through landscaping, click here to request a quote or call us today at 417-724-0318.