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3 Steps for Preparing Your Business for a Winter Storm

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

A facility being restored from a massive amount of water damage after a storm. If your business suffers any storm damage, SERVPRO can help you quickly and efficiently

3 Steps To Prepare The Winter Storm For Your Business

When you’re a business owner, you never have time to slow down if you really want to make your establishment into a success. Unfortunately, the weather often has other plans, especially during the chilly winter months in College Station, TX. Closing down for a day won’t kill business, but experiencing a pipe break or other serious damage as a result of a winter storm certainly can. That’s why you should always prepare your business before the storm can hit by:

  • Clearing out and shutting off your water before the storm hits
  • Making a plan for snow and ice cleanup ahead of time
  • Replacing weather stripping on exterior doors

1. Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Frozen and burst pipes are the most common form of winter storm damage that the modern business encounters during winter conditions. The issue starts off with a small leak but can quickly develop into a flooding deluge in a matter of minutes. That’s why shutting off your water and clearing out your pipes before a storm is crucial for protecting your premises. This way, you’re not only preventing more water from working its way into the building but also getting rid of any that might already be present in the pipes.

2. Weather Stripping

As snow falls, it’s likely to pile up against your doors. While this in itself is harmless, it can quickly become problematic when the snow begins to melt. If your weather stripping is worn, melting snow can seep under your doors and into your business, ruining rugs, carpeting and other belongings in the process.

3. Cleanup Plans

In the event that all of your efforts fail, you should already have a snow and ice cleanup crew chosen to come take care of any issues you might experience. Having a team already chosen allows you to mitigate further water and ice damage from the winter storm, meaning you’ll have your business back as soon as possible.

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