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How to Prevent Damage Caused By Severe Winter Weather

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Prevent Damage Caused By Severe Winter Weather

A winter storm in Diamond Bar, CA, can result in a lot of damage to your commercial building. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prepare for this. The following may help you minimize the effect of severe weather on your business.

1. Make Repairs to Damaged Areas
Storm damage can be more serious if your building is already damaged. Some things to look out for are cracks in the walls, deteriorating seals around doors and windows and loose tiles on the roof. An emergency restoration company can repair areas that need work.

2. Keep the Building Warm
With a winter storm comes cold temperatures. A pipe break is more likely to occur if the plumbing becomes too cold and freezes. Insulating any exposed pipes as well as keeping the heat on in the building can reduce the chances of this.

3. Move Important Items to Higher Floors
Whether it’s from a storm or a broken pipe, flooding can severely damage your building as well as the items inside. Relocating items to a higher level can prevent them from becoming damaged. It is a good idea to do this for paper documents as well as electronic devices and equipment. You may want to move some of your smaller furniture items as well.

4. Don’t Neglect Items Outside of the Building
When preparing for a storm, remember to check the outside too. Furniture or other outdoor items could be picked up by strong winds and may damage the building’s exterior or break the windows. Gutters should also be cleaned to prevent water from backing up and leaking into the walls or roof.

5. Stay Updated
When you are expecting bad weather, you should watch the news regularly to keep up with any changes. Depending on how it develops, you may need to adjust your plans.
Preparing your business for a winter storm can prevent damage or reduce the damage that does occur. Repairing any existing damage will make your building less vulnerable to the storm, and keeping up with the weather will help you determine what other measures should be taken.

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