It’s February and most of us can’t wait for the winter weather to be over! But while we are trying to brave through the cold, we should remember to take care of our homes and commercial properties. Commercial properties particularly need special care and attention during this time of year. That’s because snow, ice, and temperatures below freezing can contribute to the damage of your building. So it’s important to continue taking proactive steps to protect it.
Here are 8 tips to help you maintain your commercial property this remaining winter period:
1. Keep Your Pipes Warm and Insulated
To avoid frozen and bursting pipes, make sure all faucets and pipes are properly insulated. This is especially true for pipes outside the building. Check for insulation gaps that might be causing heat loss in cold weather. In addition, use electric heating tape to keep your pipes warm throughout the season. You want to maintain temperatures above 55°F at all times for water to flow freely through your plumbing system.
2. Regularly Check and Clean the Gutters
Gutters are essential for preventing water damage in your commercial property, but they can be easily clogged with fallen leaves, dirt, and other debris during winter months. Make sure to regularly check your gutters and clean them out when necessary so that snowmelt and heavy rains will have a place to go instead of flooding the building.
3. Cut Off Water to External Sources
If you have any external water sources, like garden fountains or sprinkler systems, make sure to cut off the water supply to prevent any pipes from freezing and bursting in cold temperatures. It is also a good idea to disconnect all garden hoses and store them indoors during winter months. Keeping water only in the house makes it easier to manage your plumbing system. It also keeps the power costs lower
4. Check the Heating and AC Systems
Make sure that your heating and air conditioning systems are working properly during winter. Have your HVAC system checked out by a professional to make sure it is in good condition and can keep the temperature of your commercial property stable during this period. Have them inspect the filters and clean them if necessary, as well as check for any potential leaks or other issues that may arise in the future.
Meanwhile, ensure there’s airflow around your unit and nothing is obstructing the flow of air. Also, get rid of dirt, debris, and grime on the coils, fan blades, and other parts of the system that could affect its performance.
5. Remove Ice and Snow in High Traffic Areas:
Snow and ice can be hazardous to those in your commercial property if they move around. So make sure to keep any high-traffic areas clear. Clear away snow from entrances and exits, use a de-icing agent such as rock salt to help reduce the formation of ice on walkways, and if necessary, hire someone with a shovel or power sweeper for large areas. That’s how you keep everyone working on your property safe from slips and falls.
6. Check the Roof for Damage:
The winter months can be hard on your roof, so it’s important to check regularly for any damage that may have occurred over time. Look for loose or missing shingles, cracks in the flashing, and other signs of wear. Also, take care of ice dams as soon as they’re noticed; these can be a major source of water damage to the interior of your building.
7. Prepare for Power Outages:
It’s always a good idea to prepare for power outages during the winter months. That’s because winter storms often bring high winds and heavy snow, which can cause widespread outages. Make sure you have a plan in place to keep your property functioning if the power goes out. Have extra batteries on hand for flashlights, and make sure to stock up on non-perishable food items. In addition, consider purchasing a generator in case of prolonged outages.
8. Make Sure Your Fire Prevention Equipment is Working Properly:
Property fires happen more during winter than in any other season. This happens because of the heating required to run things and make the building warm. Another contributor is the neglect of fire prevention equipment.
To avoid your property becoming part of the statistics, make sure your fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems are all in working order. Have them inspected regularly so they are ready if needed. In addition, make sure emergency exit signs are lit and that everyone who works in the building knows where they are located.
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