Winter will be here before you know it, and if you own a commercial building, you're going to want to ensure it is properly maintained to endure colder temperatures. Doing so can help prevent disasters and save you money on energy costs. Here are some ways to prepare your commercial building for colder weather.
Commercial Roof Inspections
There are many cold-weather elements, such as the wind, snow, and ice that can wreak havoc on the roof of your commercial building. Commercial roof inspections are a great way to ensure it will be able to handle all that might come its way during the colder months of the year. During a roof inspection, a roofing contractor will look for the following:
- Missing shingles
- All drains and gutters are clear of debris
- Dark spots that suggest trapped moisture
It's good to get commercial roof inspections done before the weather turns so that you'll have plenty of time to do any necessary maintenance.
Air Leak Detection
You are going to want to make sure that no air is leaking inside your commercial building. During the winter months, if cold get leaks inside, it can not only make working conditions unbearable, it can cause your heating bill to skyrocket. Some ways to detect air leaks include:
- Feel around the doors and windows for any air that's coming in from outside
- When it's dark outside, use a flashlight to look for any light that comes through cracks and crevices
- Don't forget to check for air leakage around the mail chute and vents
If you do detect air leaks, be sure to install weather stripping or seal air leaks with caulking.
Frozen Pipe Prevention
Frozen pipes have to potential to cause a lot of damage to your commercial building. If the water running through your pipes gets below 32 degrees F., the water will freeze and then expand, causing your pipes to burst. While frozen pipes can be devastating, it can also be prevented. Here are some ways to prevent frozen pipes:
- If the water lines are in an unheated area, wrap pipes with foam or heating cables
- Maintain the same temperature inside the building in the day and at night
- Have a back-up source of power to ensure pipes stay warm if the power goes out
By doing these things, your pipes will stay warm during the colder months, which can help prevent them from freezing.