Winter brings the threat of freezing temperatures and harsh conditions to much of the U.S. Some places are well beyond the threat; it’s going to freeze — there’s no way around it. Such conditions pose unique hazards to all owners of commercial and residential properties. The following is some information on this common winter threat.
One of the most common causes of damage to commercial and residential buildings during the colder months is freezing and bursting pipes. As a building owner, there are measures you can take to prevent pipes from freezing; however, sometimes the worst happens anyway. If it does, the result can be thousands of dollars of damage to your building, furniture, electronics, and other business property.
Here are some things To Do to prevent hazards caused by Winter:
-Locate the turn-off valve and drain the lines.
-Protect spigots with Styrofoam attachments. These can be purchased at most home improvements stores and offer much better insulation than wrapping the spigot with a towel.
-Search for pipes that are not insulated. These pipes may pass through unheated areas, such as crawlspaces, basements or garages. Pre-molded foam rubber sleeves can be fitted to the pipe and offer essential insulation to keep them from freezing. Fiberglass insulation is also an option. You may also consider wrapping the pipe with heating tape.
The team at Duncan Financial Group has experienced hard winters and endured the same day to day winter hazards you have. That’s why we are here to help you through the winter!