Every year, companies endure winter. However, the majority aren’t making adequate preparations. Yes, they know that it is going to be cold, but they’re not really ready to deal with the freezing conditions when they arise.l
In this post, we take a look at some of the ways that your business can prepare itself for a cold snap. Here, you’ll find out some of the actions that you can take to protect against damage and reduce your risks.
Establish Snow-Removal Contracts
You don’t know how much snow is likely to fall on your premises ahead of time. That’s why it is always a good idea to establish snow-removal contracts in advance. These kick in and prioritize your business the moment heavy snowfall is forecast. You’ll be first in line to receive snow removal services at a fixed price while other businesses may have to wait and pay higher fees.
Clear Your Roof Drains Of Debris
During winter, roof drains need to be able to operate at their maximum capacity. Heavy rainfall is common over the colder months. However, if roof drains are not working effectively, then they may spill over the sides of the building, leading to water damage.
You can prevent roof drain overflow by hiring a handyman service to clean them out for you. You can also use professional roofing contractors to check over your roof and ensure that it is structurally sound before the winter hits.
Switch To Propane
Most commercial vehicles, such as forklift trucks, use regular fuel. However, it may be worth investing in propane conversion kits so that they can run on propane instead.
Why propane? Simple really: propane doesn’t freeze or gum up during winter. Instead, it’ll burn happily, even if temperatures plummet.
For any company with outdoor operations, a non-freezing fuel is essential. Frozen pipes could damage your equipment and essentially bring your operation to a standstill.
If you haven’t done so yet, install double-glazing on your premises to lower heating bills. If you don’t have the budget for that, make sure that your existing glazing is intact. Replace any broken window panels and check the window frames’ exterior for any signs of damage or rot.
You can also check things like door and window seals to ensure that they keep the weather out. Try spraying them with a hose and see if you experience any ingress.
Service Your Heating System
Don’t leave it until the middle of winter to service your heating system. Do it now while there is still time before the cold weather hits. You want to ensure that your heating system is able to supply adequately warm temperatures all winter long. Check fuel lines to ensure that your heaters do not freeze during winter. If you are going to be away from your premises, switch your heating system to 10 C so that your water pipes do not freeze. If they are at risk of freezing, shroud them in foam insulation.
So, is your business ready for winter?