Humble Words October 2011

As we head into November, the days get shorter, the weather gets colder and we need to give special attention to preparing our facilities for the winter weather ahead. Each year we get calls from customers who need help when snow and ice start to cause problems in their buildings. In this issue of Humble Words, we provide some pointers on how to stay ahead of the weather.


We often find that a leaky roof is not the result of a failing roof.
When the winter weather sets in, we inevitably get service calls from plants and warehouses regarding a leaking roof. As the ice, snow, and rain finds its way inside the building, it damages interior walls and ceilings.


However, many leaky roofs are not the result of a failing roof. Often, when the Humble team inspects the winter roof top of a leaking roof, we find leaves, paper, and other debris clogging the gutters. There’s no clear flow of water, causing the snow, ice, and water to back up and seep into the building.

The fall is the time to walk around your property and perform some basic inspections in preparation for winter. Preparing your commercial property for winter is much like preparing your personal home and property for winter.

imageHere’s a checklist of winter preparation items to help keep your property operating efficiently, regardless of the weather.

Ensure a clear flow of water.
Inspect the gutters, downspouts, and trench drains to ensure the ice and rain have somewhere to go. If an ice dam forms, the water will back up and find its way into the building, causing expensive repairs to interior surfaces.

Verify that the ice guards over entryways are secure and sturdy. Snow and ice guards protect the building and the people from falling ice and snow.

Check for air penetration.
Check caulking and weather stripping around doors, windows, and thresholds. Maintaining the caulking and weather stripping will help ensure you’re heating your space as efficiently as possible and will help hold the utility bill down.

Repair holes.
Warehouses and plants often get holes in the facade. As the ice and rain enter the holes, it can find its way into the interior walls, causing damage and expensive repairs. In some cases, the ice could expand/contract enough to cause the facade to pull away from the building.

Verify mechanicals work.
Don’t wait until you need your furnace to turn it on for the first time. Service the equipment and the filters now.

Don’t wait until it’s snowing to think about winter building maintenance. Contact Humble to schedule a winter inspection of your properties and buildings before we’re wrapped in a blanket of snow.


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