Winter is again here and the temperature has already started dropping. It gives a good feeling because this is the time of Christmassy feeling inside, being festive and lots of fun but there are drawbacks too in winter. It’s important that you prepare your business for icy weather and potential pipes and plumbing emergencies before it’s too late.
Those days are gone when more utility bills were a part of the business. Businesses now have a strident focus on accomplishing energy efficiency and better managing energy budgets. However, many companies already started working towards controlling and reducing their electricity and gas costs, but many may not have yet worked on the opportunities available for water bills. It is time to act to protect your premises this cold season.
Our top tips are here to protect your business premises and water bills this winter:
- Water system understanding and keep pipe lagging dry inside.
Understand your business water system, this will showcase any risks. Understand where the central stop tap exists into your business so you can immediately shut off the water if needed. This could save thousands of pounds in flood damage and sales too if burst pipes exist. Keep an eye on to make sure all your pipework is lagged – especially in cold or draughty or exposed places as covering can prevent pipes from bursting and freezing when the temperature goes down.
- Leaks check
Check for leaking taps, wash areas, hosepipes, washers, urinals, etc. to control your water bill. If you have a record of your bills, you will automatically come to know the difference when there is any leakage in your business. If you experience an increase in your bill or a drop in water pressure, it means there is a possibility of having leakage in your business and immediately need to be investigated. Make sure you get your pipework repaired or changed before any cold snap arrives.
- Live/real-time weather updates
Be up to date as per weather conditions and plan accordingly in advance. Weather report will give you an alert and you can take action if any local or regional flooding or cold weather warnings are there.
- Make sure you have an emergency plan
You should be aware of emergencies and how to sort it out. Have you ever thought about the frozen pipe or burst? How would your business tackle the situation when this happens? Consider all the available options and deal with emergencies as per your planned solutions.
- Talk to your employees
Let your employees also take few responsibilities in terms of when they see any issues with your water pipework or any water emergency.
Let’s make it simple and quick checklist for your business water in winter:
- Fix any dripping taps or other pipes.
- Check the working condition of your internal stop tap.
- Use waterproof insulation outside.
- Service your main heating regularly
We hope this article will help you in managing your water bill maintained this winter. But we are here to help you or you need any advice, get in touch.