Come rain or shine: Protecting your assets from the rain
One of the certainties about living and working in the UK is that there will be plenty of rainfall. While we obviously need this to ensure our survival, it can bring some serious problems when it comes to protecting buildings and surfaces from damage and erosion. Here are some ways to ensure that, for you and your business, rain doesn’t stop play this winter.
Check the basics
Rain can get into pretty much anywhere, and it is vital to check all over your commercial buildings, warehouses, leisure facilities and car parks to ensure they are as protected as possible. For example, look out for cracks in the walls and surface areas, as rain that gets in can cause more serious problems such as damp, erosion and fractures to the concrete. Regularly check on drainpipes and guttering too, to make sure they are working properly and haven’t become blocked by dirt, autumn leaves or other unwanted debris. Water that seeps in and comes into contact with steel rods can cause corrosion over time, so this needs to be closely monitored too.
Rain can cause erosion over time, especially during autumn and winter, so make sure you keep a close eye on the line markings around your site. Car park markings, for example, can fade over time and through rain damage, which compromises the safety of drivers and pedestrians using the facility. Likewise, markings in school playgrounds, leisure centres and theme parks should be refreshed routinely when they start to show signs of damage. Choose marking products that are highly durable and easily visible, even on dark, rainy days for optimum value and performance.
An inside job
A thorough check inside your property is a good idea, as rain damage can cause problems inside as well as out. Look out for signs of discolouration or bubbling or peeling paint around the warehouse or reception area. Deal with any patches of mold that appear straight away, as this can be a sign of more serious damage to the exterior of the building. This can be especially prone to happen in basements and unheated storage areas. Look at your doors and windows to check they are properly sealed. Any gaps can cause the rain to enter and potentially damage stock, equipment or signage. Always remember that water and electricity are a lethal combination, so check and handle all electrical appliances, power sources and sockets with care.
Health and Safety
Finally, the effects of heavy rainfall can have a direct effect on people’s health in all kinds of ways. Mold on the walls or stagnant water collecting in a puddle can aggravate chronic conditions like asthma. Employees can suffer from being constantly exposed to damp conditions at work. Also, anyone who needs to make their way around your site can find themselves at an increased risk of slipping in the rain. Make sure you have protective barriers in place to help them remain upright, with the appropriate warning signage in any areas more prone to flooding or taking longer to dry after rain.