Winter is on the horizon, and as the temperature drops, it’s essential to ensure that your property is ready to withstand the challenges of the season. At Gage Commercial Construction, proactive winter preparation is important to safeguard your investment.
Here are 10 ways to prepare your commercial property to be winter-ready for the season:
- Seal Windows and Doors –
Inspect windows and doors for drafts. Properly seal gaps with weather stripping or caulking to enhance energy efficiency and keep the cold air out.
- HVAC System Check –
Always have your heating system inspected by a professional before you intend to use it. Changing air filters and cleaning vents will ensure the HVAC system is in optimal condition to tackle the cold winter months.
- Roof Inspection and Maintenance –
Annual roof inspections are always recommended. Look for damaged shingles, and signs of leaks, and make sure all flashing is intact. Being proactive when it comes to roofing can prevent costly repairs later.
- Gutter Cleaning –
Cleaning out gutters and downspouts will prevent ice dams and water damage from starting. Clogged gutters can lead to water accumulation, which can freeze and cause structural issues.
- Protect Pipes from Freezing –
Frozen pipes can lead to extensive damage! Insulate exposed pipes and consider adding insulation to your basement or crawl space to prevent freezing over.
- Landscaping and Tree Maintenance –
Trim overgrown branches and trees around the property. Heavy snow and ice can cause branches to break and potentially damage your roof, windows, parked cars, and more.
- Snow Removal Plan –
Establish a snow removal plan in advance. Make sure that you have a reliable service in place to clear driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots promptly.
- Emergency Kit –
Create an emergency kit that includes essentials like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and non-perishable food items. Always be prepared and have a plan for power outages and extreme weather events.
- Exterior Inspection –
Inspect the exterior of the property for any signs of wear and tear. Addressing issues like peeling paint or cracked siding can prevent further damage from harsh winter conditions.
- Emergency Contact List –
Compile a list of emergency contacts, including your commercial construction and maintenance team, utility providers, and local emergency services, and ensure they are readily available and visible in the office and on your mobile phone. Quick access to these numbers can prove invaluable in a crisis.
Winter preparation is not just about mitigating potential damage; it’s about ensuring the safety and comfort of those within your property. Whether it’s preventative maintenance, repairs, or emergency services, we’re here to ensure that your property stands strong in the face of winter’s challenges. Don’t wait until the first snowfall—take proactive steps now to prepare your property for the winter ahead. Your investment deserves the best care, and at Gage, we’re committed to delivering excellence in every season.