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Preparing Your Commercial Property for Winter Months

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

As we get into the colder months, it is important to do everything possible to prevent property damage during cold weather. Frozen pipes are one of the main things to watch out for, and it is important to never turn your heat off when you leave the building for a period. This includes at night or during the weekends. When a pipe freezes and bursts, it is likely to lead to serious damage from flooding. You would usually think frozen pipes are only an issue for homes/ properties in cold climates, but it is actually the opposite. Properties in warmer climates tend to not have some of their pipes properly insulated or sometimes located outside or are even in unprotected areas. It is necessary to protect the water pipes in areas where it can get cold, this sometimes means adding insulation to pipes or even getting heat into that room to prevent any pipe breaks. Below are a few tips you can try at your property to help prevent anything from happening. 

Add Insulation

Pipes located either in a basement or attic may need some extra insulation to help prevent freezing temperatures. Add foam or fiberglass sleeves to help keep pipes up to temp. 

Open the Faucet

If you think your pipes may freeze overnight, you can open your faucet so its drips slightly. This helps relieve some pressure on the pipes, allowing this open will prevent pressure from building and keep the pipe from bursting. 

Keep the Heat On 

If you are gone for a long period of time, always keep the heat on. If the inside of your home drops in temperature, it won’t take long for pipes to freeze in certain parts of your house. 

Open Interior Doors

Keeping your interior doors open will allow heat to flow throughout the home or commercial property. Some rooms may not get as much heat as other rooms.  

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