Is your small business ready for winter?

5 questions to ask yourself

At this time of year, most of us are too busy planning the office Christmas party or recovering from the festive period over indulgences to think about our business water. But have you considered planning for what happens to your small business during a cold snap?

Admittedly, it's a much less fun thing to prepare for. But the reality is that major leaks, burst pipes, and other water-related incidents are much more likely in cold weather - and they can all mean significant costs and disruption for small businesses.

To help you avoid these, we've outlined 5 key questions that you should be considering this winter. Plus a few tips on the preventative action you can take to protect your business from the winter chill.

1. Do you know how to spot a leak?

Burst pipes are much more common in winter, because when water gets close to freezing, it expands. This causes pressure to build in your pipes, which then burst, causing expensive leaks. 

However, a burst pipe doesn't always cause a flood. Some of the more subtle signs include:

Read our full guide to checking for leaks here.

2. What would you do in the event of an incident?

Whether it's a flooded premises or 24 hours without water, every small business should be proactive in preparing for the worst case scenario this winter. The best way to do this is with a detailed contingency plan. Aside from the essentials, here are a few extra things worth considering:

And with that in mind...

3. Do you know where your stop taps are?

"Understanding your water infrastructure will save you precious time if an incident happens" says Mark Taylor, Advanced Services Project Manager at Water Plus, and leak detection expert.

"As a minimum I would suggest your staff / facilities managers know where to find stop taps, to make sure you can isolate the supply should a problem arise."

Check out more business winter tips from Mark here.

4. Are you shutting down over the Christmas period or for a holiday?

It might be tempting to turn off the heating at your premises to save money over the break. However, this could also increase your risk of a frozen pipe.

Keeping your heating on a low setting (around 10°C) should helo. As will making sure to fix any cracks, weak points, or loose fittings in the water system before you close up.

5. Could you use some expert advice?

We offer a variety of services to help businesses like yours to achieve your objectives - whether it's becoming more sustainable, or boosting your profits through water efficiency. You can find out more on our Proactive Water Management page.

You can also speak to our Advanced Services team, by emailing advancedservices@water-plus.co.uk today.

 

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