Facilities Management – Preparing for Winter

With Winter well underway, it is crucial that buildings are fully prepared for the problems that the dark nights and plummeting temperatures may bring.

It is imperative for Facilities and Building Managers to minimise the risk, Health & Safety issues and the new challenges that this time of year brings.

With safety and compliance being paramount to the business’, it is paramount that Landlords and Tenants have winter plans in place to reduce the risks of damage that wind, rain, snow and ice can bring to their property if not appropriately planned for.

Integrity Facilities Management have some helpful tips to help you plan for this time of the year:

  • Flat Roof Leaks – With the inclement weather, roofs are much more susceptible to damage and perforations. It is important to regularly carry out inspections of the roofing felt, joints and membrane to spot and repair any potential defects which could lead to costly leaks. Read more on the importance of maintaining your roof.
  • Pitched Roofs – Powerful storms and high winds often can cause issues with tiles becoming dislodged and weak which poses not only issues with leaks but also an extreme health and safety problems for any members of the public on the ground.
  • External Lighting – With the dark nights upon us, it is important to ensure that you have adequate and functional external lighting for both security and health & safety reasons.
  • Guttering – After heavy rain spells, it is important to check buildings guttering on a regular basis to ensure that they are fully flowing and clear of all debris as this is a common cause of leaks. When guttering backs up at the joints & hoppers, it can regularly and quickly build up the rainwater which spills over and can cause damage to properties.
  • Boilers – Boilers are crucial asset to ensuring the functionality of your building. It allows you to control the temperature and tailor it to your requirements ensuring that both employees and visitors are comfortable. Read more to find out the importance of maintaining and servicing a boiler.
  • Backup Generators / Power Supply – Having a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) is important to the business’ core functionality. With power cuts common in the winter time due to the increased likelihood of extreme weather, ensuring that the backup power supply is in place and fully operational is key to avoiding any power outages which put a halt to the business functions.
  • Plumbing – Ensuring that all pipework is insulated where necessary and all joints are secure will reduce the risk of an emergency plumber being required to attend to any defects which could leak to leaks and a loss of heating.
  • Windows and Window Frames – Prolonged periods of rainfall can lead to leaks coming through cracks and perforations in windows and frames. These should be checked on a regular basis when carrying out site inspections and walk throughs and sealed / repaired accordingly to prevent any future damage.
  • Grounds Maintenance / Gritting – With the icy conditions in winter, paths and car parks are a common place for injury in the workplace. In order to keep employees, visitors and members of the public safe, it is a necessity to ensure that paths are kept clear of moss, mud, debris and the like and ensure the areas are well gritted to minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls.

Integrity Facilities Management are on hand to assist you and your company through this tricky winter period. We offer a wide range of services across numerous sectors which can be tailored to your business needs.

For more information, please feel free to get in contact on 0121 289 3148 or alternatively, email us at fm@integrity-uk.com.

The Importance of Maintaining your Roof

Roofs offer the first layer of protection for any commercial buildings; they protect the building from the natural elements such as rain, wind, snow, ice and hail. As a result of being exposed to these conditions, over time the roofs tend to deteriorate and decay meaning that they at risk of damage and have implications on the building itself. At Integrity, we believe that preventative is always better than reactive which is why in this article we go into detail of the implications of a poorly maintained roof.

The first step of maintaining your roof is by having a full roof inspection. This is a good basis to start from as an in-depth report will allow you to create a plan in which you can work from. A good quality report should include photos and pictures of areas of concern such as any tears in the roof cover or any flashing that needs replacing or any gutter blockages.

Once you have an in depth report and a plan in place you can then begin with stopping the leaks. Attending to the rips and tears in the roof that are allowing ingress into the building are key as well as repairing the guttering. Roof leaks are often hard to trace and to fix therefore it is key to use a good quality roofing solution to solve.

Not only can leaks trace through rips and crevasses but also through brickwork where there is no or poor flashing. Metal or lead flashing are the most common types as it collects water and stops it from seeping through into the building and instead directs the water away from the roof and down the gutters and away.

Integrity partake in various roofing works from patch repairs to replacement of flashing. We offer cost-effective solutions to your roofing problems and should you wish to enquire into our services please call our office on 0121 289 3148.