Winter Storm Preparedness for Property Managers

Groundhog General Beauregard Lee did not see his shadow which predicts an early spring; however, we know all too well that a final Arctic blast can wreak havoc on homes and businesses if not properly prepared. Our property management team suggests the following tips to ensure your commercial property is protected should a severe cold storm strike.

Extreme Cold

  • Set thermostats to 55 degrees or warmer
  • Water heaters and HVAC systems have to work harder during extreme temperatures. Ensure these systems are cleaned and serviced regularly.
  • Cover exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or heat tape
  • Leave faucets dripping to relieve pressure that could develop in pipes
  • Ensure hoses are removed from exterior faucets and leave water dripping

Snow and Ice

  • Identify pavement deficiencies that may become covered by snow and difficult for pedestrians to see.
  • Ensure roof water runoff is directed away from the building structure and clear of walkways where it could freeze.
  • Clear areas around vents and exhaust pipes.
  • When snow melts, make sure it does not drain onto pedestrian areas where it can freeze later.
  • Clear snow from roofs to prevent excess drainage and weight.
  • Instruct maintenance staff to clear sidewalks using salt, chemical pellets, and sand as appropriate.

Once the cold has gone for good, take time to assess how well your property weathered the cold and make note of any items or tasks that could be done better next winter.