To prevent harsh winter weather from affecting your property, residential or commercial, preparation is key. Here are some pointers to keep your property running as smooth as ice this winter.
Inspect Your Roof
Summer heat and storms can put a lot of strain on your roof. Once cold weather sets in, small roofing issues can lead to bigger problems. To avoid structural damage, as well as mold and mildew growth, begin your winter preparations with a roof inspection.
When inspecting your roof look for signs of water and moisture damage such as water stains and bubbles. Pay special attention to seams around roof-mounted equipment like skylights since they can crack and let in moisture.
Have Your Heating Tuned and Cleaned
As the demand for heating repair increases in the winter, so does the cost of servicing these systems. Having your HVAC system inspected and cleaned during the fall can prevent system failures when you rely on it most during cold weather and also lower your utility bills.
Check Your Ductwork
While you're having your heating system checked is a good time to have your ductwork cleaned. Dirty ductwork can lead to poor air quality, health issues, and drive up utility bills by making your system work harder.
Examine the Pipe Work and Foundation
If you live in an area with freezing temperatures, it is important to inspect your pipework and foundation. Cracks in the foundation allow water and cold air to enter, causing damage and increased heating costs. Improperly protected pipes can lead to freezing and major damage. Check the weather stripping around windows and door to keep cold air out and heating costs down.
Stock Up Ahead of Time
Fall is an excellent time to plan for safety concerns. Review your fire safety plan and prepare for possible electrical outages. Property owners can reduce the risks associated with snowfall by keeping salt or sand on hand and having proper snow removal equipment and procedures.