You have a business to run, so why worry about the upkeep and management of your property as well? Companies offer a wide menu of possible services that you can choose from.
-- Landscaping: Your property's appearance is the first thing your customers will notice about your business. A commercial property service can make sure the lawns are mowed, shrubs are trimmed, and flowers are planted, so that you will make a terrific first impression.
-- Snow removal: Winter means possible headaches for property owners. You want to keep your business easily and safely accessible. A service can arrange for snow plows to handle your parking lots and sidewalks and deice your entrances.
-- Pest control: You don't have time to shop around for the best companies that offer safe and reliable bug and rodent control. Let someone else take care of that job as well: you can be assured that your business won't be embarrassed by unwanted "visitors."
-- Custodial work: The maintaining of a shining clean property means you have pride in your business and care about it looking its best. Cleanliness impresses your clientele and helps maintain positive employee morale.
-- Electrical: A good commercial service contracts with the very best electricians in your area. You may want to add or change outlets or switches. You may even need an entirely new circuitry system or simply want someone to change difficult lighting.
-- Heating, cooling and plumbing: It's vital to keep your employees and customers warm in the winter and comfortable in summer. Many services offer yearly maintenance to change furnace filters, check air conditioning systems, and also handle emergencies if a plumbing mishap occurs.
-- Painting: Treating your building's exterior to a fresh coat of paint will give your business an inviting new look. Regular wear and tear on a building's interior can make walls and doorways look tired and unprofessional. Touchups for your interior, or even a complete change in color will help your property stay up to date.
-- Fencing: Security is vital to a business. Improper or decaying perimeter fencing invites vandals or thieves to wander in. Property services may offer fence repair and general maintenance, so that you can have peace of mind about the security of your investment.
-- Bookkeeping, rent collections, financial management: In addition to taking care of a property's physical needs, a service may even offer help with the numbers of a business and tenant relations. If you have a need for more extensive help with the internal management of some aspects of your business, you may also outsource this side of your work load.
Well-organized and excellent maintenance of your commercial property is essential to the success of your enterprise. You may want to consider putting all of your upkeep needs under one umbrella by using a service.
The great state of Utah has the greatest snow on earth, right? Great for skiing, snowboarding and all other winter sports. But with that snow comes another inevitable: driving in it. Driving in the snow can be a scary prospect, especially if you live somewhere where the snow falls much of the winter.
Snow can be slick, slippery and tricky, and a little daunting to drive in. But with the right information and tools, you can drive in the snow with confidence. For more information on cars that will handle well in the snow, see a dealership for used vehicles in Utah near you. Your local car dealership will be able to recommend cars that will do well in the snow, giving you piece of mind next time you head out this winter.
Remember to not try and drive until the snow plow has done its work if you can wait. Just waiting until the snow has been cleared can drastically improve your chances of a safe ride. Make sure to plan your day around the snow, allowing yourself plenty of extra time to drive. If you have to drive in the snow, here are some other tips and tricks to use while driving in those icy conditions.
-Drive slowly. The biggest mistake most people make when driving in the snow is not taking into account that they need to slow down. Give yourself plenty of room to stop at stoplights. Make sure there is plenty of room between you and other cars.
-Never stop suddenly at stop lights or stop signs. Brake gently and you should be able to avoid skidding. If you do begin to skid, ease off of the brake and try applying pressure again.
-Always keep your lights on, especially if the snow is still coming down.
-Switch to lower gears when you can, this will increase traction on the roads and help you stay steady.
-Be careful and on the lookout for ice. It may look like the roads are simply wet. Use extra caution when crossing bridges or overpasses, as they will freeze first.
-Don't pass other cars, especially snow plows or trucks. Stay a safe distance behind them.
-If you have four wheel drive, don't use it as your false sense of security. You still need to drive carefully and be aware of your surroundings, regardless of what type of car you drive. Four wheel drive cars, however, are your best bet when it comes to driving in the snow. Look for used vehicles in Utah with working four wheel drive transmissions to increase your safety.
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is warning landlords about the huge repair bills they face if their tenants do not know what to do in a winter property emergency.
With almost three million households in the private-rented sector, and weather forecasters predicting a colder winter than last year, simple steps, such as ensuring that tenants know how to switch off the water, gas and electricity supplies, could save landlords thousands of pounds and, potentially, save lives.
Tenants are the first line of defence against problems in the properties they rent and need to be fully equipped to deal with all kinds of winter emergency situations. The NLA has compiled the following advice for landlords, detailing how to prevent winter emergencies getting out of hand.
Frozen pipes: Pipes at risk of freezing should be lagged, and making sure tenants know where to turn off the water supply will allow them to act quickly if a pipe bursts - potentially saving thousands of pounds in repairs and an insurance claim for water damage.
Problems with the heating: It is important that problems with the heating system are fixed quickly. Landlords should make sure their tenants know how to bleed a radiator and have the contact details of a trusted plumber. The heating system should also be checked regularly to avoid problems before they arise.
Frozen pathways: If pathways and driveways are not well drained they can become icy when the temperatures dip, potentially leading to accidents. Landlords can provide grit for their tenants to use on very cold days.
Power cuts: Strong winds and increased energy consumption mean that power cuts are a threat during the winter months. Landlords can make sure their tenants are fully prepared by providing contact details for an electrician and their electricity provider, as well as ensuring they have a good supply of candles and torches with batteries.
Leaks: Blocked guttering, cracks in the roof and missing roof tiles can cause big problems when it rains.
Landlords should make sure that repairs are carried out as early as possible, while guttering should be regularly cleared, especially after the autumn leaf fall.
Security: As the nights become longer, security becomes a larger issue for all households. Landlords can help to reduce the risks for their tenants by making sure there are plenty of spare bulbs for outside lights as well as fitting motion sensor lights to the back and the front of the house. If there is an alarm, ensuring it is serviced each year will prevent problems.
Insurance: Landlords cover buildings insurance but do tenants know they need their own contents cover? In the event of a problem, tenants could be left out of pocket if they don't get the right insurance.
For all winter property emergencies it is vital that tenants have clear guidance on who should be contacted, particularly if the landlord uses an agent. Landlords also need to make sure tenants know how to get in touch outside of working hours and who they should contact if the landlord is on holiday.
David Salusbury, Chairman, NLA, is calling on all landlords to make sure their tenants know what to do in a winter property emergency.
He said: "The winter months can throw up a number of serious problems for tenants from leaking roofs to burst water pipes, but landlords can ensure that damage and inconvenience is limited by giving their tenants the right information at the start of the tenancy.
"Asking how to switch off utility supplies is unlikely to be a top priority for most tenants moving into a property, so the onus is on the landlord to make sure they are aware. The cost of not doing so could be considerable.
"Landlords may save themselves thousands of pounds in repair bills, not to mention keeping their tenants safe, by preparing them for the worst well in advance of winter weather."
Do you enjoy the tedious task of shoveling away the piles of snow? Good chance that you probably don't. Yes, it's something that needs to be done everyday during winter, but it is more of a necessary thing, than an enjoyable activity. It's a good thing that there are a lot of new concepts to the snow shovel that makes it more fun and easy to use.
Let me introduce you to the wovel, a new milestone in the snow shovel design. How is it different? Firstly, it is made of a light material alloy connected to a three to four foot handle. As you hold it in your hands, you will immediately feel the difference between it and the standard snow shovel. This will help you scoop off more snow at a time, as you no longer need worry about the shovel itself.
But the ingenuity of the design comes with the addition to the old design. Note that on the area where the blade is attached to the handle that there is a length of cord that is about thirty feet long, with the flexibility of a bungee cord. With this, you are, in effect, extending your reach to the shovel. There are two main points of the concept:
1) You are able to use the wovel upright - By standing up straight as you clear the snow, your back is not in an awkward position as you perform the deed. Your back is thus safe from injuries brought upon by strain.
2) The cord itself is similar to a bungee rope - Therefore the rope has an elastic property that will be helpful to you. It exerts energy on your behalf, so all you have to do is effortlessly lift the wovel filled with snow. You don't have to exert energy yourself.
With these reasons, you can clearly see that these improvements make the wovel a milestone in design. It's similar and just as easy to store as your standard shovel, and it certainly isn't complicated like "most" modern machines. And of course, it turns snow clearing into a fun and easy task.
Nothing is more enjoyable than going out on a snowy day. The scenery of freshly-fallen snow can be absolutely romantic. A day of clean air while sledding, skiing or skating could do your body a world of good - but a good time could quickly take a treacherous turn for the worst, should you find yourself caught in the middle of an unexpected blizzard. Taking a few minutes to make sure you are properly prepared for such an event could make the difference between survival or disaster.
Sometimes, we can't avoid driving in a snowstorm, but when you're out on the road in bad weather, you need to be prepared in case you get stuck or have to pull over and wait the storm out. Carry a blanket in your trunk at all times, as you need to stay warm. Don't scrimp on quality and make sure the blanket is heavy enough to provide plenty of warmth.
If you don't have the shelter of a car while you're stuck in a blizzard, it's important to find some sort of shelter from the elements, especially the wind. Anything that can provide protection from the wind will help, and cover all your exposed skin, including your face, if you can.
If you can't find shelter, try to build yourself some, by banking up snow or even digging a small cave. Use tree branches or anything else you can find that might be good for a lean-to. Be creative. Also, try to start a fire to help keep you warm and to attract attention.
You have probably heard that you should eat snow to stay hydrated when caught in a blizzard. This advice is actually harmful. If you eat fresh snow, the cold temperature of the snow will lower your body temperature. Your body will need to expend much needed calories to warm up the snow, robbing you of energy that you will need to survive. Snow is, however, a good source of hydration when caught in a snowstorm. What you must do is melt the snow first. Then you can drink the resulting water. The warmer you can make the melted snow, the better off you will be.
Stay inside the car if you can. Your car will be your shelter and your heat source until help arrives. Run the car once an hour for a few minutes (ten at the most) to heat the interior. Don't waste gas by running the engine much more than that. Clear the snow away from the exhaust or else the fumes can back up into the car. Make sure to move around too, as you need to keep your circulation up to stay warm. When stranded with other people, take advantage of the extra body heat by sticking close.
Ice dams are one of the most common and damaging winter roof problems. If you live in a region where large amounts of snowfall is common, then you need to know how to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. Heavy snowfall, along with cold temperatures can ultimately result in a roof leak. The cold temperatures after a snowfall prevent the snow from melting and could cause leaks. Even if you have a strong and well maintained roof, snow that remains on a roof for an extended amount of time can lead to leaks. However, more common than roof leaks are roof ice dams.
What are Ice Dams?
An ice dam is a wall of ice, or a row of icicles, which form at the edge of the roof, right at the gutters and overhang. Ice dams are dangerous because they are sharp and heavy and could fall on and injure anyone near them. Ice dams form when the snow drips from a slanted roof and then freezes. The melted snow flows down the roof, under the snow, and then onto the eaves and into the gutters. Once the melted snow reaches the overhang and gutters, which are much colder, the water quickly turns into ice all along the overhang.
What Causes Ice Dams?
Ice dams are most often caused by poor attic insulation and poor attic and roof ventilation. Poor attic insulation results in a significant amount of heat leaving your home through the attic and roof. The heat makes the snow melt at a fast rate and causes ice dams. The fast melting snow becomes trapped under the heavy snow which causes leaks.
How to Prevent Ice Dams
- Before winter, make sure you have proper levels of roof insulation and enough vents installed. You should also check that the attic insulation is not blocking the roof ventilation. Proper levels of insulation are the best defense against ice dams.
- Seal air leaks in your attic in order to prevent warm air leakage.
- Clean out your gutters before winter to remove any leaves or debris.
- Never attempt to go up on an icy or snowy roof.
- Do not attempt to remove ice dams unless you have experience. You could seriously injure yourself if you are not skilled at removing ice dams.
- Remove large amounts of snow with a roof rake or find a professional to remove the snow for you. The safest way to remove the snow is to pull the snow down the slope of the roof line. Do not pull snow across the roof as it could break off the shingles.
- Consider chipping away at some of the ice buildup in the gutters.