Winter weather can cause a range of issues to a property, including burst pipes and leaking roofs, so it is crucial that preventative maintenance is in place to guarantee you are as prepared as can be.
Setting up a planned property maintenance schedule can help ensure all required maintenance has been completed, and aspects of your facility are regularly checked.
Here are some of the most important property maintenance tasks to carry out in the winter months, to help reduce issues brought on by adverse weather.
It is important regular checks are taken on the outside of the building during winter weather to ensure the safety of the property. Pipes should be regularly inspected, because dropping temperatures can cause them to freeze and burst.
Damage to pipes can lead to issues with drainage, water supply and heating systems – if this occurs, they should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further issues. Insulating pipes in the first place can reduce the risk of them freezing.
Adverse weather conditions can also have a damaging effect on the roof of a property, causing deterioration and cracks to appear. Regularly inspect the roof to prevent the build of debris, rainwater or ice, which can have a damaging effect to the buildings drainage. Cracks within the roof may also cause leaks within the building.
The surrounding land on the property should also be maintained, with larger trees pruned to prevent branches falling and causing damage. External walls should also be checked for damage to protect the integrity of the building.
Maintenance to the inside of a building should also be carried out in order to keep it both warm and a safe environment for people to work.
One of the most vital things to bear in mind is what would happen if damage occurred to the heating system. If this happens in the winter, it could well make buildings uninhabitable.
Make sure to check heating systems regularly, ensuring they are set on the correct temperature and are turned on periodically, even if the office is shut, to be sure pipes are kept warm.
Windows and doors around the facility should also be checked regularly, as gaps could allow the warmer inside air to escape, and introduce cold drafts from the outside.
These gaps can hugely lower energy efficiency, as heating usage will inevitably go up. A full inspection of areas where these gaps may occur should be carried out, as well as ensuring your building is properly insulated.
With a correctly set out maintenance schedule, your building will be prepared for whatever the winter weather brings.
Regular upkeep and checks will mean smaller issues will not escalate, and your facility is safe and comfortable during the colder months.
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