Heavy precipitation and freezing cold temperatures can cause serious damage to your home or business. While property owners can’t control the weather, they can prepare, taking the sting out of winter weather. Following a few simple steps will help prevent costly damages.
Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Gutters should also be clear of debris that may have gathered during the fall months. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If popes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside a9ir to circulate around the popes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
It is also important to consider any potential safety hazards created as a result of winter weather. Protect yourself and your business by reviewing the following tips.
- Check your business for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water or ice could be present.
- Ask your local Servpro® Franchise Professional about creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
Servpro Restoration Newsline. 23(2), 2012