Winter’s coming and, in some parts of the country, its frosty fingers have already been felt. However, it’s never too late to get your commercial property ready for winter. Here are some tips from the experts at Matthew’s Structural Solutions.
As winter approaches, make sure you have a plan for any problems that may arise. If you don’t already have a snow removal service hired, you should get that taken care of. Matthews Structural Solution can help with snow and ice removal. If you don’t have a maintenance crew on hand, make sure that you have a trusted company to help with any repairs that may be needed. If you take care of small problems when they occur, they won’t grow into larger ones.
If you have a preventative maintenance program in place, it is easier to head off bigger problems. Plan ahead so you don’t have to scramble in bad weather.
During a January ice storm is no time for your furnace to go on the fritz. Take the time now to make sure everything is in good order. Fire it up, even if it’s warm out. Make sure that system is ready to go and that the filters are all clean and in good shape. Check that all vents are open and cold air returns aren’t blocked by boxes or other obstacles.
As mentioned above, you should have a plan or company in place for snow removal. Don’t let it build up and become a slip and fall hazard. Keep salt or ice melt on hand for sidewalks and entryways, in case it gets icy before the snow removal team can arrive. Staying ahead of major snowfalls can help prevent people from being injured.
Make sure any outside hoses are removed from their spigots. If possible, replace outdoor faucets with frostproof ones. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure the pipes are blown out by a lawn care expert. They will winterize the system and make sure that burst pipes are not in your future.
Dealing with a broken pipe and flooding is never fun, but imagine doing it in sub-freezing temperatures in the middle of February! Being proactive will save you headaches (and potential frostbite!).
If you have backup generators, make sure they are fueled up. If they run on diesel, make sure you have a winter blend in the tanks. Having a generator does you no good if they also fail during a blackout.
If you prepare your commercial property ahead of time, you’ll be ready for whatever the winter months throw at you. Spending some time on preventative maintenance and making plans in case of bad weather or other problems will pay off down the road. Scrambling to figure out what to do once the furnace breaks or the power goes out isn’t good for your company or office.
Contact Matthews Structural Solutions today to help get your commercial property ready for the winter. We’d be happy to work with you on getting ready.