Preparing your Commercial Property for Autumn
September is here, and with it, the cooler temperatures, wetter weather and, despite the vibrant colours which nature brings, conditions which could potentially cause damage to your commercial property. That’s why we’ve put together this piece on preparing your commercial property for Autumn, identifying areas on which to focus around the start of the season in order to ensure that your commercial property is fighting fit for the autumn and winter.
Being commercial gutter maintenance specialists, it’s only natural that we should start with your business’ guttering! Dirt and debris can build up over time, especially if you don’t have a routine gutter maintenance schedule, and this will block your gutters. Blocked gutters can lead to rainwater damage both to the gutter itself, along with structural issues.
As the colder, wetter months approach, inspecting the roof of your commercial property becomes a vital part of building maintenance. The last thing you need is a leak, which could potentially cause damage to stock, machinery or other assets, or loose tiles or boards which could potentially cause damage to people or other property.
Fortunately, here at UK Gutter Maintenance, we offer commercial roofing services as well as our guttering options, so you can address these aspects in one go!
The last thing you or your employees want when it gets cold is to be chilly when at work! Therefore, it’s absolutely vital that your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are working as they should. Schedule in a service as soon as you can to make sure that your filters are clean, thermostats are calibrated and that supply registers are adjusted.
All outside and exposed water pipes need to be checked for leaks and damage. It’s also important to make sure that the pipes are well insulated for the winter. This will help stop the pipes from freezing and bursting, which could prove costly should the worst happen.
As with domestic properties, it’s important to undertake any necessary landscaping work, such as removing any trees, branches or shrubbery which could potentially have an impact on your commercial buildings’ structure or prove to be a health and safety hazard. Ensure that fire exits are clear from vegetation, branches do not overhang your roof and that there are no loose paving stones or potholes across the premises.
Exterior and Surfaces
Whilst you’re checking your roof, guttering and drainage, it’s also worth checking all of the exterior of your commercial property. Look for cracks, holes, chips or any indication of structural problems. In terms of holes and cracks, moisture will easily be able to get into these in the cooler months, being absorbed by the bricks and mortar, which could cause major problems in the future.
So there we have six key elements to remember when preparing your commercial property for autumn. If you have any questions, or would like more information on our guttering or roofing services, then please feel free to get in touch with us.