Are you winter weather ready?
Are you prepared for the coming cold
weather? Cold weather can have a huge
impact on your home or business if you
are not ready for it. From heavy rain
and freezing temperatures to damaging
winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause
serious and costly property damage.
While you cannot control the weather,
you can take steps to be prepared and
help take the sting out of winter weather.
To help prevent costly damages due to
weather, consider taking the following
precautions to protect your property
before colder weather hits.
- Check your business property
for downed tree limbs and
branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice,
and snow can cause branches to
fall, which could cause damage
to the property and potentially
cause personal injuries.
- 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. Clear
gutters of debris that may have
gathered during the fall. Leaves
and other obstructions can
cause a damming effect, which
can lead to roof damage and
interior water problems.
- 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 could be present.
- Protect water pipes from freezing
by simply allowing water to drip
when temperatures dip below
freezing. If pipes are under a
cabinet, leave the cabinet doors
open, allowing warm inside air
to circulate around the pipes. If
the building has outdoor faucets,
consider shutting water 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.
Ask your local SERVPRO®
Franchise Professionals about
completing an Emergency READY
Profile® (ERP) for your business.
The ERP is a no-cost assessment
to your facility, and provides
you with a plan to get back in
business fast following a disaster.
When winter weather strikes, call
your local SERVPRO® Franchise
Professionals to strike back.