Ah, Summer! The time of year that brings thoughts of sunshine, flowers, birds singing and a relief we no longer need to wear heavy clothing. Summer is the time that the days get longer and the temperatures warmer. It can also be the time of year where weather can be the most unpredictable.
After winter and spring, it’s important to take a look at our property. How does our roof look? How are our grounds? Did we acquire new potholes in our parking lot? Are our exterior doorways closing properly? A lot can happen when the weather is cold.
As part of your Summer cleaning, we recommend that you:
- Take the time to have your roof inspected. A small investment now can save not only deductible dollars in the future, but it can also reduce the chaos and stress that can ensue when you experience a roof leak.
- Inspect gutters and drains to ensure they are not clogged.
- Survey any exterior entrances to ensure they close correctly; are the doors sealing well so that water doesn’t seep in. Poorly operating doors can lead to injury to your team or your clients. Poor seals can lead to water leaks that create a slipping hazard and can result in serious injury.
- Survey parking lots and other public walkways. Potholes, concrete pitting and breakage, or dirt displacement can create slip, trip and fall hazards.
- Check trees for dead limbs or branches that could fall and cause property damage or bodily injury. If there are concerns, contact a professional arborist.
- Inspect your chimney to ensure it is clear of obstruction and structurally not weakened by winter’s wind and snow.
- Inspect any external air intake vents to ensure air flow is unobstructed.
- At every time change, or at least twice a year, be sure batteries are replaced in your smoke detectors.
- Don’t forget to obtain certificates of insurance (Workers’ Compensation and General Liability) for any contractors. Using contractors without coverage may be cheaper on the front end, but could end up being costlier if there is a problem.
- Review your disaster preparedness protocols to remind your team what steps need to be taken to protect your clients and themselves from injury.
A few tasks performed now can help bigger problems arising in the future.