Keeping your business accessible and safe through winter can be a challenge. The changing weather presents a unique series of challenges and obstacles to keeping your business running smoothly. Being aware of the three top hazards you might face will allow you to take appropriate preventative measures, by calling a professional winter grounds maintenance team to help you prepare.
1. Hardened and impacted snow
In a heavy snowfall, snow can become impacted. Snow can be surprisingly dense when it gets to the point of being hardened, which means access to your business is compromised. It can be dangerous and difficult to both drive and walk over hardened snow. Not only can the snow itself be impassable, but it can also potentially cover other things such as ditches and other hazards. This increases the likelihood of vehicles being damaged when trying to access and park at your premises, or pedestrians potentially being injured.
2. Ice and frozen rain
Ice and frozen rain present an enormous slip risk when it comes to your business grounds. Frost and visible ice are bad enough for presenting slip risks, but frozen rain can lead to so-called "black ice". Black ice is much more difficult to see and is even more of a slip risk. It's going to be an issue all over your premises, from your car park to your footpaths to your benches and stairways. The potential for serious injury is high when ice and frozen rain are involved, especially where black ice is concerned.
3. Flooding and drainage
Winter's not all about ice and snow, though. It's also far more likely that you will be dealing with an influx of heavy rain. This can cause problems if your drains are not properly designed and kept totally clear. There's a risk that excessive rain can cause them to overflow, which means you have the risk of both standing water around your property and the possibility of it damaging your drains. It can also be a serious concern that if proper drainage is not present in your grounds, your plants may become flooded too.
What can you do about it?
The key is to be aware of these risks, and to take appropriate preventative measures to mitigate them. You've taken care of step one in learning the risks. Now it's time to contact a professional winter grounds maintenance team to help you prepare your business grounds for the coming winter. You can do that easily and quickly by contacting the friendly team at Weedfree Landscapes today.
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