Snow being shovelled

Cold weather can have an adverse effect on your building, causing issues with burst pipes, faulty heating and leaking roofs. So, as winter approaches, it’s important to ensure that your facility is properly prepared for the impact the colder months may have on it by creating a winter specific planned maintenance schedule. This will ensure that whatever the weather throws at your business, you will be well prepared to avoid any unplanned repairs.

Here are some of the main planned maintenance tasks your business should undertake in order to be fully prepped for winter:

Pipe Inspection

One of the most common winter maintenance issues are frozen pipes, which not only lead to problems with water supply and drainage, but can cause your pipes to burst. Where possible check all pipes in your facility, paying close attention to any damage or cracks. You may also want to think about insulating external pipes to reduce freezing risks.

Heating Inspection

There is nothing worse than your office heating breaking down in the midst of a bitter winter. Not only does it often mean that you may have to close business whilst repairs take place, but you will end up having to pay a huge amount of money to fix the problem. To try to avoid this costly breakdown, carry out a full inspection of your heating systems to ensure that it is prepared for extended periods of use. An inspection will also ensure that your system is running optimally, thus reducing any costly energy wastage.

Ventilation Checks

With the increased use of the heating, you need to ensure your facility’s ventilation is clean, clear and working properly. A stuffy, unventilated room is unpleasant and unhealthy to work in.

Roof Inspection

Winter can have a devastating effect on your roof, so ensure that any issues are kept to a minimum by inspecting your roof. Leaks and cracks should be fixed immediately, and any debris that has collected on the roof or in the guttering should be cleared.

Landscaping

If there are any trees in the area surrounding your facility ensure that they are properly pruned. Severe weather can cause branches to break or trees to fall on your property, which can not only cause external damage to your facility, but is also a health and safety issue too.

Check Doors and Windows

Inspect all your facility’s doors and windows for any possible gaps, applying caulking and weather stripping where necessary. Any cracks or holes will allow hot air to escape and cold air to get in, thus increasing your heating usage and consequently, your bills.

Snow Preparation

Whilst one can never predict whether snow is likely to fall in any given winter, it is always good to be prepared for such eventuality, as heavy snow can cause huge issues, from business closure to major accidents/falls.  Stock piles useful items such as snow shovels, de-icers and grit salts, so if a heavy fall should happen, you are able to deal with it quickly.

Despite the obvious challenges a bad winter can pose to your business, by properly planning and conducting maintenance checks beforehand, you know that whatever the colder months throw at you, you are properly prepared. Not only will this pre-planning help keep your business thriving, even in the depths of winter, but you won’t be hit by any unexpected and expensive costs due to breakdowns and repairs.