Don’t let severe weather catch you off-guard this spring season. Strong winds and heavy rainfall can be extremely destructive to your commercial property. Minimize weather-related building damage by following these important preparation tips! Do you have any additional tips for spring storm preparation? Comment below!
- Clean your building’s gutters and downspouts. Remove any excessive debris from your building’s gutters and downspouts. After you’ve finished removing debris, clean your gutters and downspout with pressurized water. This will clear away any additional dirt particles that may have gathered there over the winter months. You should preform this task before the spring storm season to prevent any destructive water damage from happening to your property and to keep your building’s water drainage system working properly.
- Repair any roof damage. As the winter snow melts from your roof, you may begin to notice small water spots developing on your ceiling and wall. Repair your roof or building exterior immediately to prevent further water damage. Should you not repair any leaks or damage, you’ll likely experience substantial water damage to your property.
- Remove any dangling or dead branches. Strong winds have the potential to tear a weak branch from a tree, which can cause a significant amount of damage after coming into contact with your building’s exterior. To prevent wind damage from debris, trim or remove any dangling or dead branches on your property.
- Update your building’s occupant emergency plan. When’s the last time your reviewed or updated your building’s occupant emergency plan? You should revisit this plan every spring. Update your tenants on any emergency plan changes. Practice your emergency plan with drills before the severe weather begins.
Review your commercial insurance policy. Does your insurance policy cover the damage from applicable weather-related disasters? Do you need flood insurance this year? Review and update your insurance policy. Ensure the insurance company has your correct information – address, phone number, email, etc.