With the winter season only a couple months away, now is the time to begin preparing your building for the colder months. While it may not seem necessary right now, doing these things will help to keep your building more efficient and your employees happy.

  1. Keep an eye on the weather– While this one seems like an obvious one, it is important to remain vigilant in doing this. Keeping a watchful eye on any potential weather issues and knowing what to expect can help to give you a head start on checking for vulnerable areas within the building.
  2. Check the roof– With the cold weather around the corner it is best to do a roof inspection on your building to ensure there are no blockages or other issues that could cause clogged gutters or other hazards. If your gutters are clogged with debris, this could prevent water from flowing off the roof properly. If the water is diverted elsewhere, it could freeze and cause water a puncture in the roof. This could make for a huge mess and could also cause the  roof to collapse.
  3. Utilize safety mats/rugs– With the snow comes, sand, rocks, and salt to melt the ice. This all can get tracked inside your building causing a hazard on the floors. It is a smart and safe idea to protect your employees and your building’s flooring with some durable mats. A good rule of thumb would be to follow The Rule of 15- which says that there should be 5 feet of coarse matting outside a building, 5 feet of matting directly inside the building and another 5 feet of matting directly behind it. These mats can get dirty, fast! Make sure you get them properly cleaned to remove any contaminants that can be tracked from the dirty mat into your building.
  4. Perform thorough inspections– The key word here being thorough! A simple walk through is not what we are talking about. Make a checklist of specific things so you do not miss anything important. Checking specific areas thoroughly will ensure that you can identify potential problems before they become an emergency. As mentioned before, pay attention to your building’s roof. You will also want to perform this inspection before it gets cold incase there is a problem that needs to be corrected. This is a great time to winterize any necessary equipment so you aren’t stuck in a freezing situation (no pun intended) come January.
  5. Check your filters– By checking your filters this not only ensures that your systems run smoothly and more efficiently, but that your occupants are comfortable. When it is cold, it is likely that your employees are spending more time inside the building therefore your HVAC system will be working harder to maintain the proper temperatures.

By providing you this To-Do list for your facility, we hope that it can help to make sure your building is ready for the colder months.