Storm Preparedness: Plan for Your Business
Exterior maintenance is an important part of your commercial building's storm preparedness plan alongside proper staffing procedures and medical supplies. Having the building maintained up to code can help it withstand the power of Essex County storms and minimizing damage. Storms can happen any day of the week so preparing now can help to ensure that the building stays in safe conditions. Here are some examples of practices that will help in the long run:
Unblock and Clear Drainage
A proper up to code building should include a well-maintained drain system from the roof to the street. It should consist of elements such as:
- Roof slopes
These elements work together to take rainwater from the building's roof to the ground where it can drain properly. If the water pools and does not drain properly, it can seep through cracks and crevices causing much more serious problems to the structure. You should also ensure the drain system is in good condition by removing any blockage and fixing any existing damage.
Secure or Remove Loose Outdoor Articles
As part of your exterior maintenance, you should also consider any separate items that are around the building that could possibly brake or become a piece of destruction to your business’s structure. Some of these objects can include potted plants, tables, chairs, trash cans and signs. Powerful winds can move these types of items around and not only cause damage to your property, but also to others. Ensure you have enough room to store these items or if you have larger structures like trailers, dumpsters, and portable restrooms, make sure they can be anchored to something that will not break under the stress of storm winds.
Shutter or Board-Up Glass
Glass surfaces such as windows, skylights and glass doors are obviously vulnerable to the impact of debris. Their destruction can create further water damage and can even endanger your staff and or patrons. Make sure there are exterior shutters or covers ready to protect these items from the elements. If you are not prepared for an unexpected storm front, and you lack the long-term protection needed, grabbing some supplies from your local hardware stores (i.e.-plywood sheets, screws, etc.) can also be a great way to protect the fragility of glass windows. Professional storm damage restoration is always an option after a storm has left damage, however, with proper exterior maintenance, and preparedness, you can help lessen or even deter the extreme effects.
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