Is your business ready for winter?
By Richard Woodhead
We make sure that our homes are prepared for winter, but what about our businesses? The majority of water related insurance claims that happen during the winter months are usually a result of frozen or burst pipes, most of this damage can be avoided by taking some simple preventative measures.
No matter the size of your business, whether you occupy a small office building or have a large site with multiple buildings, there will be areas that are vulnerable to bad weather. It’s important that you identify these areas – are there any exposed outdoor pipes that aren’t protected? Make sure you check for drips and leaks, and make sure that your boiler has had a recent service. And do you know where your stop tap is? It’s vital that you check that it’s working, because being able to turn it off in an emergency will instantly stop water from doing more damage.
Pipes can freeze and burst when they become too cold, this normally happens because they haven’t been properly insulated or they are exposed to draughts. That’s why it’s worth making sure that all exposed pipes are lagged or insulated. If you’re leaving your office empty for a length of time, over the Christmas break for example, it’s worth leaving your heating on low or set to come on once a day to prevent pipes from freezing when they’re not being used.
If the worst does happen and you find you have a leak or a burst pipe we can help, you can contact the team on 0345 6789789.
Wrap up your business this winter to help avoid frozen or burst pipes. By taking these simple precautions you can save the cost of repairs and help to prevent significant internal and external damage.
Are you winter ready?