Winter-Weather Building Maintenanceplanning ahead // on Wednesday January 18, 2017
We are approaching the middle of winter and although some areas have had warm spells, the cold weather isn't backing down quite yet. Freezing temperatures can be harsh your on facility, and if your building isn't winterized, these temperatures can cause big problems. Here are a few tips to help keep your facility in tip-top shape no matter what winter brings its way.
Heating System Upkeep
The last thing anyone wants in the middle of winter is for their heating system to stop working. Before the winter weather approaches, it’s important to get a HVAC checkup. However, don’t forget about your heating system after the checkup. In order to keep your system running properly throughout winter, you should replace the filters every three months.
You can also help out your heating system by properly insulating your facility. Consider using window sealing products to help with insulation and prevent cold air from sneaking through cracks and seals.
Many organizations do not operate every day of the week and as a result, the facility may be left empty for a few days at a time. If your facility sits empty, make sure the heat is still turned on. If your facility’s internal temperature drops below 55°F, your pipes could freeze and potentially burst, causing a significant amount of damage.
Snow and Ice Removal
While snow creates beautiful scenery, it can become dangerous if it’s not handled properly. To prevent slips and falls, shovel all driveways, parking lots and sidewalks after a snowfall to create clear paths for your staff and visitors. Additionally, lay de-icing products, such as Ice Melt, on outside walkways to stop ice from forming and creating a dangerous walking surface.
It’s also important to take care of your roof and gutters after a snowfall. Snow can be heavy – especially if you get a wet snow – and can damage your roof. If snow begins to accumulate on your roof, use a snow rake to remove the snow two to three feet from the roof edges.
For more information on snow and ice removal, view this fact sheet.