As temperatures drop this winter, First Class Clean is reminding local business owners to remember to winterize their commercial buildings. With over ten years of experience in the exterior cleaning industry, First Class Clean understands the importance of maintaining houses and buildings. The Raleigh pressure washing company is sharing four winterizing tips to help businesses preserve their buildings so they can prevent any damages and protect employees and customers.
1. Check the Building’s Plumbing System
When temperatures drop below 20°F, business owners need to make sure that plumbing pipes have not suffered freezing damage. As water freezes, it expands. The expansion causes pressure to build up in a frozen pipe, which can eventually fracture or burst. To avoid having to replace a plumbing system, business owners can invest in piping insulation. Exterior and exposed pipes should regularly be checked for signs of freezing. Business owners should note that plastic piping tends to withstand freezing temperatures better than old steel or copper pipes. It is recommended that, when possible, businesses should be warmed to at least 55°F.
2. Inspect the Building’s Heating System
In winter, it is vital to perform regular inspections of and maintenance on a building’s heating system. Inspections should identify any cracks in the system or blockages in blowers and hoses. Burners, brush boiler tubes, and air vents all benefit from a thorough cleaning. Thermostats need to be calibrated, and condensation drain traps need to be emptied. During an inspection, it is important to look out for any unusual sounds or odors coming from the system. Periodically, business owners should have a professional HVAC company assess the building’s heating system.
3. Maintain the Building’s Roof
A building’s roof needs to be able to withstand ice, snow, the cold, and high winds. Loose shingles or depressions in a roof can lead to leaks, which cause costly property and inventory damage. Business owners can have loose shingles repaired, and it is wise to keep gutters clear. Having the proper attic insulation is also necessary to prevent heat loss.
4. Remove Winter Element Buildup
The coming of ice and snow necessitates prompt action to ensure that storefronts are safe for customers and employees. Business owners are responsible for removing snow pileups and drying off wet floor mats that pose a slip and fall hazard. Furthermore, de-icing walkways and sidewalks helps keep people safe.
In business for over ten years, First Class Clean offers a wide range of residential and commercial pressure washing services throughout the greater Raleigh area. The company is fully licensed and insured, and services include house washing, deck and patio cleaning, driveway cleaning, pool deck cleaning, fence washing, window cleaning, and concrete cleaning.