Before the really cold weather is upon us, it’s a good idea to make sure your building is ready for winter both inside and out. A few easy checks could help reduce any damage from cold temperatures and snow/rain. Here are some things you could check:
- Look to see if you have any missing or lose tiles on your roof, and replace them if they do. Under strong winds, lose tiles can be blown off and could be dangerous.
- Check to make sure all your gutters are clear of leaves and other blockages. If left blocked, damage could be caused to the gutters, and cause water to enter the roof space, meaning possible damage to ceilings and walls.
- Make sure there are no damp walls in your workplace. If there are, check why and have the problem fixed as it will only get worse during the course of the winter months.
- Check the security for your building, for example if the alarms and outside lighting is working. This is even more important in winter than the rest of the year, as winter sees an increase in crime rates.
- Check the doors and windows of the exterior of your building for things like crevice cracks, missing pointing and damaged window frames. It’s a good idea to have things like these fixed in preparation for winter as they could cause you more problems later on.
- Keep salt onsite to be prepared for frost and snow.
- Check your insurance to make sure everything that should be covered is, and also check what you’re policy actually covered for. It wouldn’t be good to find out when your workplace is flooded that you are not covered for that type of damage!
- Have a look at where your main water tap is so if need be it can be turned off in an emergency.
- Make sure your central heating is working properly. Also assess if you might need extra heating, for example mobile radiators.
- Check all windows and doors on the inside of your building as well, and make sure things like the window locks are secure and intact.