During the winter, damage can be caused to your property due to harsh conditions. Follow these steps to ensure your business is protected
During the winter, we are often hit with storms and excessive rain. If you own a business you will want to make sure that this weather causes as little problems for your staff and property as you possibly can. You will therefore be able to carry on as normal and will not be wasting money on repairs or losing out on staff hours. There are a number of ways to do this that will not break the bank and will keep your business as safe from harm as possible.
Have a clear-out
One of the main problems when a storm hits is the amount of water that our drains have to cope with. This can be made far worse if your drains and gutters are completely clogged up with leaves and debris as the water will have nowhere to go and will overspill. This is when issues will start to arise and damage could be caused to a number of aspects of the building. The brickwork may suffer and grout could become loose if water is constantly hitting an area. It could also seep in through a number of areas, causing internal damage. Also remember to have any trees trimmed so that if one is blown over, it is unlikely to cause significant damage or be a danger to any of your staff.
Move sources of power upwards
Heaters, electrical switch boards and boilers are all essential to keeping your building warm and in working order. To make sure that if there is a case of flooding, these are all intact, a good idea could be to move them higher and away from the risk of flood damage. This could definitely be a good decision if you are situated within an area that is often flagged as at risk from flooding. Year on year the same properties can be hit and it can cost a fortune to not only sort the structural damage but the problems with wiring and heating.
Do not leave existing problems
If you are aware that the area around any of your windows has been a little bit wet on occasion and are worried that there could be a leak, get this fixed immediately. Other problems such as loose guttering, missing tiles on the roof and a dodgy boiler could all become a disaster in times of high speed winds and torrential rain.
Install attenuation tanks
Attenuation tasks are able to retain a large amount of water and can be installed within the grounds of your property however big or small it is. They significantly reduce the risk of flooding for many people as they are able to store a large amount of water for a long time. Being a far more economically friendly option than water pumps or other water extraction devices, this option means you are helping the environment as well as keeping your business safe from flooding.
This post was written by Amy Bennett who experienced significant flood damage last year to her business. She has invested in attenuation tanks from Liquivault to prevent the same issues occurring again.