Having ridden the wave of some of the most extreme winter temperatures in recent history, we’re now awaiting the imminent arrival of what is being billed as a polar vortex.
This month icy winds and possibly snow coming will be billowing in from the East, bringing with them chaos and upheaval for businesses across the UK.
Whilst our 70 Rainbow franchises across the country are on hand to fix up buildings that fall victim to these winter conditions, we’ll all agree that prevention is better than cure.
Whilst train cancellations and hazardous road conditions can’t be avoided, here are 4 ways that you can ‘winter-proof’ your business to protect it from the full and unrelenting impact of extreme winter temperatures.
1. Defend against draughts
Cold winds can wind their way through letterboxes, gaps under or around doors and windows, extractor units and holes in walls.
Once inside your property, they reduce the temperature of the ambient indoor air, making your heating less efficient and creating an uncomfortable environment for those working within the building.
As well as letting cold air in, these gaps can let cold air out too, meaning you’re paying money to heat air that promptly leaves the building.
Cover as many of these as you can to keep your business warm and toasty.
2. Set the heating thermostat to a specific temperature
Ensure your heating is left on at night and over weekends. It doesn’t have to be on high, just 15 degrees is enough to ensure that you’re not clearing up after an escape of water that’s resulted from a frozen pipe.
Many modern boilers have a frost setting that kicks in when a minimum temperature is recorded on the in-built gauge. Check whether your boiler has this feature and if not, keep your heating on low, even when your offices are empty at night and over weekends.
3. Wrap up the pipes against extreme winter temperatures
Escape of water is one of the most common call-outs we get and yet protecting pipes from freezing is really simple.
Lagging your pipes with insulation from a DIY store and securing it with tape is quick, easy and a lot less expensive than repairing a burst pipe. It’s also effective so it can save you a real headache later down the line. Replace any old wool insulators with more efficient foam insulation.
4. Fix faulty roof tiles and guttering
Loose roof tiles and damaged guttering are vulnerable to high winds and hail. Snow and ice will gather on your roof, snow and ice can weigh down guttering which, if not fixed fast to your property, is likely to cause further damage.
Missing or chipped tiles can allow water to seep into your roof spaces or between tiles where it can freeze and crack tiles further, causing more damage.
Weak and cracked gutters can also cause leaks that can make ceilings unsafe or spawn mould which can, in turn, lead to microbial damage. Whilst Rainbow’s specialists can dry and purify these areas if the situation is severe, it’s always better to prevent these issues from arising if at all possible.
By taking these measures, it’s less likely that you’ll suffer negative effects as a result of these extreme winter temperatures.
In the event that the weather does cause damage to your building, with a 24/7 helpline and 70 Rainbow franchises around the UK, Rainbow specialists will be able to help you set things right and get you back to business as usual in no time.
If you do need support to remedy damage caused by extreme weather, please call us on 01623 422488.