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Tips To Prepare Your Commercial Building for the Spring Thaw

6/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Spring Thaw Preparation Tips for Commercial Buildings

Springtime’s bloom is right around the corner in Terrace Park, OH, and winter’s freeze is ending. Warming temperatures make way for the thawing and melting of snow and ice while ushering in spring showers. This can pose a flooding risk to your commercial property, so below are tips to prepare your building for the spring thaw.

Inspect the Building for Flooding Risks

Efficient drainage is a deterrent to water damage. Here is a list of common concerns to be aware of and check around the building for:

Clear gutters and drains that become clogged with snow, ice, and debris. Blockages cause cracking and overflowing of water, which can pool around the base of your building. Clear pathways for water to flow away from the building to control draining.
Inspect your plumbing system, because freezing temperatures can be disastrous for pipes. A frozen pipe creates pressure buildup and can cause cracks and leaks. Cracked pipes leak water into floors, walls, and electrical sources.
Examine the roof, windows, and foundation for cracks and holes. Left unattended, these become entry points for water to seep into the building’s foundation. Seal cracks and holes, replace broken shingles and reinforce window and door seals.

Prepare a Repairs Contact List

If problems are identified, you want to address these quickly to limit water damage. Your list should include plumbing, HVAC, roofing, electrical, landscaping, and water damage restoration. Flooding can wreak havoc on your building, so know who you can trust to get the repairs done swiftly and efficiently.

Understand Flood Insurance

Flood insurance typically is coverage you must buy separately from property insurance. In case of an emergency in which water damage occurs, you need to understand the terms of your flood insurance. Know what is and is not covered, and how to file a claim.
There are several steps to take to prepare for a spring thaw and the potential of a spring flood. Be aware of potential building problems, have a list of professionals ready to call for repairs, and ensure your flood insurance provides the coverage you want.

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