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How To Avoid Storm Damage to Your Commercial Property

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Actions To Take To Prevent This Type Of Damage

When a winter storm strikes, your commercial building in Leicester, NC, could be at risk for water damage. As the temperatures drop, water freezes, and you could experience a multitude of issues, including:

  • A pipe break from water expanding.
  • Gutter collapse from the weight of ice and snow.
  • A roof leak or collapsed from the weight of ice and snow.
  • Snowmelt that causes additional damage.

When one of these disasters occurs, you should always contact your insurance company and work with a professional restoration company to ensure the situation is mitigated properly. There are also some actions you can take to prevent this type of storm damage from occurring in the first place.

Schedule Regular Maintenance
Every material on your building has a life expectancy. To get the most years out of the materials used on your building, from roofing materials to gutter systems to caulking around windows and doorways, have a regular maintenance schedule. The elements naturally erode all the materials outside your building, and you may not be immediately aware of wall penetrations caused by settling or brick joints that need re-pointing. By having a regular maintenance schedule, you will know of potential issues sooner rather than after a winter storm disaster.

Use Top-Grade Plumbing and Drains
Make sure you have a plumbing system that can keep up with the activities around your business. If you have a basement, check the sump pump regularly. For all plumbing fixtures, replace any fittings or drains that need attention immediately. Also, be sure your outdoor downspouts are correctly directing water away from your building.
Knowing your commercial building can help protect it before a winter storm has a chance to take an advantage of any weak areas that need attention. From roofs to walls, your building should always be in tip-top shape to have the best chance of withstanding Mother Nature.

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