In a previous blog, we’ve talked about freezing pipes. Caulking, weather-stripping and draining water systems are a just a few steps you can take to avoid the messy and costly repercussions of frozen pipes. If you haven’t already done so, click here to read our blog and take some action to ensure your pipes don’t freeze.
Frozen pipes are just one aspect of the consequences of winter. The heavy snowstorms often knock down tree branches, which can affect power lines. Trim trees before a storm and clean out rain gutters, removing debris that might prevent melted snow from working its way off the roof. Speaking of roofs, check the stability of yours to ensure it can withstand a heavy snowfall.
Maintaining your heating equipment is also vital. The Building Owners and Managers Association International has a Cold Weather HVAC Task List on their website (click here to read more!). First, they remind you to check your heating systems. Snow is beautiful, but it’s a sure indication of cold and making sure your heating equipment has enough fuel is vital. Test run your equipment to ensure everything is running properly and if you cutback heat to certain areas in the summer months, restore that now.
The next step is to drain moisture from air tanks and air lines in your mechanical equipment, lubricating where necessary and enclosing any outdoor equipment that might be in danger from the cold. Finally, the site encourages you to have emergency supplies on hand and make sure your personnel are familiar with snow storm procedures.
Stay tuned next week for tips on combating ice at your property!