As summer comes to an end, you’ll find that you can take a break from major landscape projects. However, property maintenance is important year-round, and there are several steps you should take to make sure your business is ready for cooler temperatures.
1. Drain Your Irrigation System
Though it’s important to water your plants in the fall, you likely won’t need to use your irrigation system throughout the fall and into winter. Irrigation pipes are prone to freezing in the winter, and frozen pipes can easily burst and cause major water damage to businesses. To reduce the chance of an irrigation pipe burst, it’s important to remove any water remaining in your irrigation pipes before the temperatures drop, though this can be a time-consuming process on your own. However, Professionals at Royal Oak Property Services can help you to prepare your irrigation system for cold temperatures.
2. Maintain Your Building’s HVAC
During the coldest months of the year, it’s important to keep your building heated. Keeping your building warm helps to prevent pipe bursts and also helps to keep staff and guests comfortable in your business. Though you likely won’t need to heat up your building too much at the end of summer and during the beginning of fall, it’s important to make sure your HVAC is working well before the cold arrives. Before winter officially starts, it’s smart to schedule routine maintenance for your HVAC. Additionally, you should routinely clear debris away from your HVAC and should replace your HVAC’s filters at least once every three months.
3. Check Your Building for Openings or Cracks
When cold weather arrives, keeping your building warm is important. However, an unnoticed crack or opening that allows cold air into your building can cause you to spend excessive amounts of money in an attempt to keep your building warm. Water and pests are also more likely to come into your building if there are small openings or cracks in the walls or floors. Before the temperatures plummet, inspect the exterior and interior of your building for any visible cracks, holes or openings that could let cold air inside. If you do notice signs of pests or water damage, Royal Oak Property Services can help with repairs.
Knowing how to prepare for cold temperatures that come in the fall and winter can help your business to run smoothly as the seasons change. You can prep your business for cold weather by draining your irrigation system, maintaining your building’s HVAC, and checking your building for any openings or cracks.