6 Maintenance Tips To Prepare Your Commercial Property for Autumn
While there are still a few weeks left of summer, it is never too early for you to start planning for the autumn and winter months.
After all, in the UK, winters can be long and you should make sure that you have completed all the necessary maintenance tasks before the temperatures start to drop and the weather worsens. Here are six tips to help you get started with your yearly maintenance schedule.
Invest in Insulation
Insulation is essential to prevent energy waste and help you create a comfortable and productive working environment for your employees.
Insulation is particularly important for those commercial premises that are more prone to the effects of extreme cold. For example, insulation is key to increase warehouse energy efficiency and it allows spaces to remain warm and comfortable for longer while also using less energy.
Complete All Maintenance Checks
All maintenance checks that include pipes, boiler, gas, and plumbing systems should be completed before the arrival of autumn. In fact, while it might seem unnecessary now, as the temperatures drop, a failure in one of these systems can cause severe disruptions to your operations. For example, not having hot water in commercial premises might impact the customer experience or even make it impossible for your employees to work. All of these issues are made worse by cold and bad weather!
Plan for Flooding and Extreme Cold
Just in the UK, over 5 million properties are at risk of flooding because of surface water or due to their location near a river or coastal area. While it might have not happened to you, it is essential to prevent future issues. After all, the majority of businesses that suffer a severe flood and associated losses and damage don’t reopen their doors!
Because of this, you should ensure you have the right insurance policy that covers this kind of damage. Other types of preparations include rethinking your warehouse and storing stock above flood level.
Check Roof and Gutters
Checking your roof and gutters at the end of summer is crucial. Firstly, this allows you to prevent damages and structural issues. Additionally, regular checks allow you to keep your roof and gutters free of debris. This is important because, with the arrival of more intense rain, it does not take much for the gutters to become clogged and cause severe rotting and water damage to the fascia board.
Address the Flooring
Your commercial property should be a safe and comfortable place for all. In creating such a productive environment, you need to inspect and review the quality of your flooring. If you have noticed that it is uneven, unsafe, irregular or damaged, you should not think twice about getting in touch with an experienced retail flooring company.
Enhance Natural Light
Enhancing your business premises natural light is essential to create a healthy and safe environment for all. In fact, natural light has many benefits – it protects the employee’s mental health, regulates mood, increases productivity, and keeps stress, feelings of anxiety, and depression at bay. Additionally, natural light and fresh air prevent mould, high levels of humidity, and structural damages, all of which can cause Sick Building Syndrome in people working in an unhealthy environment.