It’s that time of year again! Here are a few key to-do’s when it comes to winterizing your commercial building properly.
As the crisp, chilly winds of winter approach, commercial property managers, facilities managers, and business owners in Ontario need to prepare their commercial buildings for the challenges that the season brings. Winterization isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about ensuring the safety and functionality of your space. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of a winterization plan tailored to the specific needs of commercial buildings in Southern Ontario.
Establish Winter Season Building Assessment & Routine Inspections
- Begin by conducting a thorough assessment of your commercial property. Identify potential problem areas such as roof leaks, insulation issues, and damaged seals.
- Schedule regular inspections throughout the winter to catch and address issues early.
Plan Ahead for Snow and Ice Removal
- Southern Ontario experiences heavy snowfall during winter. Arrange for reliable snow removal services to keep parking lots, walkways, and entrances clear.
- Pre-schedule snow removal to ensure timely responses during storms.
Keep Walkways as Dry as Possible
- Maintain a proactive approach to prevent slip and fall accidents by using ice melt products on walkways and entrances.
- Regularly clear snow and ice to prevent buildup and ensure safety.
Protect Your Floors
- Implement proper matting systems at entry points to minimize the spread of snow, salt, and dirt throughout your building.
- Consider using floor protectors and mats in high-traffic areas to preserve your flooring.
Keep Windows Clean (Let in the Light!)
- Natural light is essential during the dark winter months. Regularly clean windows to maximize daylight and maintain a pleasant work environment.
Provide Hand Sanitizer and soap to Prevent Seasonal Viruses
- Encourage good hygiene by ensuring that hand sanitizer and soap dispensers are readily available throughout your building.
- Promote a healthy workspace and reduce the spread of seasonal illnesses.
Have a Contingency Plan if Things Go Wrong
- Winterizing your commercial building can help prepare for unexpected events such as heating system failures or power outages.
- Develop a contingency plan that includes emergency contact information for repair services.
- Don’t forget to adjust the lighting that is on a timer (daylight savings!) – test beforehand.
- Have a plan for increased holiday traffic OR for holiday shutdown.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to push warmer air down.
Grandmother’s Touch is your trusted partner in maintaining a clean and safe commercial building throughout the winter season. Our comprehensive commercial cleaning services are tailored to the specific needs of businesses in Southern Ontario. Contact us today to for a quote for professional cleaning services so that your building is well-prepared for the challenges of winter.