Many of our customers manage commercial and residential properties. With Winter around the corner we wanted to provide those on our mailing list with a quick checklist of important maintenance tips for winter. Some may apply, some may not, we just want everyone as prepared as possible.
1. Prepare For Closing
In places affected by snow, business closures are sometimes unavoidable. Here are a few things for business and property owners to consider.
– Be sure to inform customers in advance and check listed hours online if they change during holidays or inclement weather.
– If a space is unused or closed for several days, or longer, think about shutting down any office equipment that is not being used.
– Secure the building and set alarms if anticipating closures.
– Set wooden stakes near curbs around parking lots to set a visual guide for plows before it snows.
2. Protect Against Freezing
When temperatures plunge below freezing there are several important things to consider to protect ones property.
– When a building in unoccupied the thermostats should be maintained at a minimum of 55 degrees F.
– Open utility room doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures in order to help prevent against freezing.
– Insulate pipes in vulnerable areas, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements, with insulated sleeves or wrapping.
3. Ready The Roof
Prior to snowfall it is important to make sure the roof is ready.
– Debris, dirt and leaves can block gutters and downspouts leading to heavy snow build up and damaging ice dams. Consider safely clearing your roof before winter.
– Check to make sure gutters and downspouts are secure and will not break away from the building.
– In extreme weather consider having a professional remove excess snow and prevent excessive loads on the roof that could result in structural failure.
4. Decorate Safely
Lets enjoy the holiday’s safely.
– Be aware some decorations should be kept away from heat, ignition sources, or open flame as they can be flammable and/or combustible.
– Consider using battery operated candles instead of real flames.
– Do not cover emergency exits, fire extinguishers, or alarms with decorations.
– Do not hang decorations from fire sprinklers
– Use ladders and extension cords safely.
5. Winterize Your Building
Here are some products that can be useful in winterizing your property.
– Air Conditioning Covers – Protect from cold air entering air intakes.
– Weather Strips – Rubber, plastic, or foam strips can help seal windows.
– Draft Blockers – Use where there are large clearances under doors.
– Programmable Thermostats – Help conserve energy.