3 Steps To Protect Your Business From Winter Storms
Prepare Before the Temperature Drops
A winter storm can do serious damage to your Houston, TX, commercial building. However, a little preparation can protect your building from cold temperatures, ice and snow. The following are three things to do before the temperature drops to make sure your business is ready for winter.
1. Inspect Building
Make sure your building is ready to withstand strong storms. Check the foundation and roof as well as the seals around doors and windows. Perform any necessary repairs promptly.
Also, check the area around your building for potential threats. Remove any sick trees or weak limbs so they do not fall on the building during a winter storm.
2. Protect Pipes
Frozen pipes are a common occurrence in winter. A pipe break can flood your building and lead to mold growth if not cleaned up quickly by the business owner or experienced restoration service. Insulating exposed pipes minimizes this risk. There is special insulation available at hardware stores, but you can use newspaper as insulation in a pinch.
Keep the thermostat set to at least 60 degrees to decrease the likelihood of a frozen pipe. If a pipe is located inside a cabinet, leave the cabinet door open to allow heat to reach the pipe. Leaving a trickle of water running through at-risk pipes also minimizes the chances of pipes freezing.
3. Gather Supplies and Make a Plan
Even well-maintained buildings can suffer storm damage and power loss. Have emergency supplies, including blankets, flashlights, water and non-perishable food, on hand for all employees. A battery-powered weather radio should also be available to keep everyone updated on the situation. Keep a snow rake on the premises to clear snow off the roof as needed.
Make sure everyone knows where all supplies are located. Create an emergency plan so that all employees know how to stay safe during severe weather.
A winter storm can result in snowbound employees, power outages and damage to your commercial building. Fortunately, a little preparation can minimize these risks.