SERVPRO Tips: Regular property maintenance is crucial to mitigating storm damage
Exterior maintenance is an ongoing concern for commercial property owners. The issue becomes even more important when storms threaten. The best way to avoid expensive trouble, especially during seasons of high winds and extreme weather, is to schedule routine inspections. This makes it possible for property owners to target problems before they get to be too large.
Some crucial areas to target include
- Membranes, such as on roofs and around windows
- Drains; watch for debris and other things that lead to clogs
- Aging roof shingles
- Foundations; watch for cracks and weak areas
Whether you perform visual inspections yourself or schedule inspections through professional construction and damage remediation professionals, it's important to keep your building maintained. For example, keep the areas around exterior appliances and electrical equipment clear, for easy access and for a clear view during inspections. Other inspection maintenance should include trimming trees and shrubbery, clearing out rain gutters and spouts, and providing access to doors and windows.
During the building inspection, watch for problem areas, and plan for potential risks. For example, intruders often take advantage of times of crisis to break into properties. Be sure you can secure doors and windows quickly when storms hit. You may also want to learn more about how storms affect buildings. For example, during tornadoes, buildings may become pressurized, causing windows to burst.
Other trouble spots may include the following:
- Power lines that could fall onto your buildings
- Tree branches that may break off during storms
- Weaknesses in the property perimeter
It's important to note any suggestions and recommendations made by the professionals during a building inspection. In addition to tips about exterior maintenance, you may get valuable information about reducing property damage when storms arise and decreasing any risks to personnel, customers, and inventory.
Regular inspection and exterior maintenance schedule could prevent expensive damages. Don't wait for storm warnings to prompt action.
So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."