Adverse weather conditions can threaten the structural integrity of a building. In particular, snowfall can lead to snow load–induced structural failures, including partial or complete collapse. This article discusses the potential damage snow can do to commercial properties and what you can do before, during and after a major snow event to prevent structural failures.
Heavy snow, high winds and frigid temperatures can create the perfect conditions to cause structural damage. Snowfall can cause extensive damage to commercial properties, such as:
Understanding the damage a building can incur as the result of winter weather can help commercial property owners prepare before an impending storm strikes.
Preparation for snowfall should begin at least six to 10 weeks before winter so there is ample time to fix any problems that arise. Before a major snow event, commercial property owners should:
A large snow load on a commercial building’s roof can cause problems as soon as it’s allowed to buildup. During a major snow event, review the response plan for details on snow removal. The plan should include details for determining the approximate snow load at which snow removal should begin. In regards to snow removal:
After receiving the “all-clear” signal from local agencies and emergency personnel, post-winter storm measures can begin. Once the snowfall has subsided:
Since snow accumulation is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, it’s important for commercial property owners to take the proper steps before, during and after a major snow event to prevent and repair any damage. For more information, contact us today.