Preventing Weather/Storm Damage
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. 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. 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 the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space.