[This article was written by Meghan Belnap.]
A sizzling heatwave can put a strain on multiple components of a business location, especially if the heatwave continues for an extended period. Therefore, to ensure continuity of operations, it’s important to have these components inspected after the heatwave ends to ensure that no permanent damage has occurred. This will prevent any disruptions and potentially prevent problems from snowballing, which could make them more expensive to repair. Here are a few of the checks that need to be completed as soon as you can schedule them after a heatwave occurs.
Since many business locations aren’t all that well insulated, the location’s air conditioner becomes a crucial component of maintaining comfort during a heatwave. Therefore, after the heatwave has ended, it’s a good idea to have your entire HVAC system inspected.
Especially important for your commercial air conditioner are refrigerant levels, filter cleanliness, and proper blower operation. Doing these checks during lower temperatures will help ensure that you’re able to schedule an appointment quickly instead of having to wait for an appointment when everyone is panicking during a heatwave.
The increased demand that a heatwave represents is often most acutely seen in a business location’s electrical system. On top of the normal electrical needs, there is also a major demand from the air conditioner, fans, and any other cooling equipment that resides at your business. This is why it’s important to have a commercial electrician inspect your electrical system after a heatwave to ensure it wasn’t over-stressed in a way that could cause a hazard.
With no protection from the sun, your business location’s roof takes the brunt of the high temperatures and UV rays that accompany a heatwave. In some cases, these harsh elements can cause a roof to warp, crack, or begin to come apart in a way that could leave your roof vulnerable to leaks. To prevent any issues, it’s important to have your roof inspected so that you can take care of any necessary repairs before rain moves in.
Even if your business operations take place inside, it’s important to have resources available to keep your employees well-hydrated. That’s why it’s vital to have your location’s plumbing inspected after a heatwave to ensure that the extra demand didn’t cause any issues with the supply or drain lines. In some cases, you may realize that you need to upgrade your facility’s water supply capacity, which you can take care of quickly while you await the next heatwave.
Ultimately, keeping your business location in good shape during and after a heatwave is a demonstration of your commitment to your customers and employees. By keeping your building safe and comfortable, you will lower the risk of injuries and illnesses that could hurt your business’s bottom line. Therefore, it’s important to take advantage of the period after a heatwave to ensure you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.