How To Prep Your Facility For Winter

Source: | Re-Post System4 10/26/2017 – 

When it comes to cleaning and maintaining your building, “The winter season is the most difficult time of the year,” explains Jim Smith, product expert at HP Products. There are numerous tasks you can accomplish to properly prepare your facility for winter, both inside and out.

Winterize Your Building

Keeping the elements out of your facility as temperatures drop doesn’t have to be a challenge. Smith suggests, “Be proactive with planned cleaning cycles as the weather changes, and stay ahead of the influx of water, grit and ice melt residues.” By stocking up on supplies, you can prevent headaches caused by the cold weather. Use the checklist below or create your own to take steps toward winterizing the outside and entryways of your facility.

  • Drain and winterize irrigation systems: When shutting off your exterior water, irrigation systems will need to be drained and pressure controlled.
  • Stock up on ice melt: Prevent slips and falls by spreading ice melt around each entrance to your facility in advance of storms.
  • Apply concrete seal: Seal up cracks in your sidewalks to protect against greater damage from the freeze and thaw of water.
  • Set up a matting system: Entrance ways must have the capacity to handle the localization of soils so cleanup is easier and more cost-effective.
  • Place wet floor signs: Snow will inevitably make its way through your doors on the bottom of people’s boots. Mark the hazard and address it as soon as possible.
  • Remove water with a wet/dry vac: Remove the melted snow that has made its way to carpet and matting. Soft flooring surfaces can hold large amounts of water and lead to mold and mildew.
  • Replace weather-tight seals: Check your doors and windows to ensure their seals aren’t worn out. If they’re letting in a draft, it’s time to replace them.

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