How to Winterize Your Commercial Properties
Due to the harsh winters the NYC area experiences, it's important that you winterize your commercial property.
Prevent Freezing Pipes
Since water expands when it freezes, a frozen pipe can burst and result in flooding. Take steps to protect your property from freezing pipes. First, you should use fiberglass or foam sleeves to insulate your most vulnerable pipes, which are the ones in exterior walls, crawlspaces, and unheated basements.
Next, open the doors to your utility room and other unheated areas where pipes are located. This will allow warm air to circulate in those spaces.
Finally, properties that are vacant for all or part of the winter are more likely to experience water damage from freezing pipes. While the property is unoccupied, the heat should be set no lower than 55 degrees.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Before severe weather hits New York, have your gutters and downspouts cleaned. When debris blocks gutters and downspouts, mounds of ice along the roof edge known as ice dams are more likely to form. The weight of an ice dam can tear the gutter off the building.
Have a Snow Plan
Since New York City gets two to three feet of snow during winter, you need to have a snow plan in place for your property. If you don't have employees that can handle snow removal, you should hire a company to perform this service. Make sure your contract clearly states what areas of your property require snow removal. Your snow removal plan should provide safe access for employees, customers, and emergency personnel.
At SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan, we hope all of our NYC neighbors enjoy a safe winter. However, if winter weather damages your home or business, SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan can help. Call us at (212) 768-9400.
Are your Commercial Ducts in a Row?
A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity. If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system.
You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning.
You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system. If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.
If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well. If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup.
SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan 212-768-9400 for a free estimate.