Protecting Your Infrastructure, Before And After A Storm

Written by Dave Choate on February 8, 2013 in Business Insights, Small Business And News - No comments
Business and snowstorms

With the great blizzard of 2013 closing in on New England and surrounding areas, it’s time to talk about protecting your infrastructure.

Wet, heavy snow is only really a problem if there’s enough of it to weigh heavily on cars, roofs and homes. Unfortunately, with sections of New England primed to get at least three feet of snow, ┬áthat’s something you have to worry about. For those of you in Florida, this might only apply once in a decade, but it’s still relevant.

For most buildings in the Northeast, Nations Roof estimates the maximum load is about four feet of snow. Over time as that snow melts and becomes ice, it becomes considerably heavier, due to the greater density of ice. About two feet of snow or a one inch thick sheet of ice plus an inch or two of snow is about all your roof can handle over the course of a week or two. That makes snow removal a priority.

Unfortunately, the huge amount of wet, heavy snow in major storms can make it difficult to access your roof, your HVAC systems or even your vehicles. That means that before the snow gets too out of control, you’ll want to have a plan in place. Here’s what we suggest, in brief:

  • If you have the money, contact snow removal professionals right now or before the next major storm in your area hits and figure out cost and how quickly after the storm they can get to work. This is the preferable option if you can swing it, because it saves you considerable labor.
  • If you have a maintenance crew at your business, talk to them about what it will take to ensure your infrastructure doesn’t collapse under the weight of the snow. Offer overtime if you can afford it, but also emphasize safety. You don’t want anyone falling off the roof.
  • If it’s going to fall on your shoulders, make sure you have the necessary equipment. If you have a flat roof, you’ll need a stable ladder, sturdy shovels and any help you can get. If you have a slanted roof, consider purchasing a roof rake with extenders so you can pull the majority of the snow off and onto the ground.
  • Make sure you have access to someone who can plow out your parking lot or driveway, or you’re not going to be able to get to your roof in the first place.

Having a plan in place will help ensure you don’t lose or see damage done to valuable infrastructure by winter storms. If you need help paying for snow removal, contact Direct Capital or another trusted lending partner to see what financing is available.

Direct Capital urges you to stay safe in the storm. Take care, everyone.


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