Make sure your facility is prepared to weather the storms this winter. Many potential issues should be considered including power loss, cold temperatures, snow, wind, and ice. The effects of harsh winter conditions can be lessened and possibly eliminated with a few proactive measures.
- Accident prevention: One of the largest concerns for property and facility managers is people falling on icy walkways, parking lots and wet floors. Apply deicers as necessary to keep snow from sticking to the ground and increase the surface temperature enough to prevent ice from forming. However, use these products carefully to minimize damage to carpeting, floors and plants inside your facility. Installing absorbent floor mats to prevent ice melt from being tracked into the building and keeping slick floor surfaces dry.
- Analyze winter maintenance products and costs: Deicers and other ice melt products range in price, effectiveness and impact on the facility and environment. Some products may be harmful to vegetation and floors. With labor being the largest cost of winter maintenance, product effectiveness should be your primary consideration. Be sure to also evaluate product availability and disposal costs. Ordering winter maintenance products in advance ensures the best selection and price.
- Prevent power loss: A key component of keeping power during a storm is making sure all computers and electrical equipment are connected to surge protectors. Surge protectors absorb excess electrical energy and prevent it from reaching connected equipment.
Winter always brings problems to facilities that can be prevented. Weatherization procedures for your building can help prevent costly repairs and equipment replacement. For more information or assistance in making your facility your facility ready for the winter, contact Mid-America Contractors today. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. MAC can help you with any facility repair, remodeling, custom cabinetry or flooring projects. Contact us today for a free consultation.