Winter weather can suddenly get nasty at a self-storage facility, no matter where you live. Self-storage operators and managers can save money, avoid hassles, and protect the facility’s reputation by preparing before the season arrives. Customers expect to have access to their storage units, whether or not there have been icy or snowy conditions. It can be very bad for business if tenants can’t access the premises or open frozen-shut doors or if frozen pipes cause damage. Keeping self-storage facilities accessible is really job number one year-around. The following tips can help to ensure that you’re ready for whatever the cold season may blow your way.

Check Insulation

Check all windows, exit doors, and overhead garage doors for gaps in sealant. Caulk, as needed, to keep out the cold air. Pipes should be insulated, as well, to prevent bursting if temperatures drop to freezing or below. A burst pipe can mean flooding.

 

Establish a Snow-Removal Plan

The question of snow removal has been researched for the self-storage industry, and it was determined that snow-removal services are usually the best way to go. Choose a company, whether by comparing bids or according to reputation for dependability. Provide the snow removal company with a map showing which areas need to be de-iced, plowed, or shoveled. The idea is for the service to arrive to your facilities early enough to make the storage units accessible during regular business hours.

 

Check Thermostats in Climate-Controlled Facilities

The thermostats should be checked every day, to be sure they are in working order and to adjust to the desired temperature, as needed. In a climate-controlled facility, this is a must.

 

Address Safety Issues

If there are potholes on your property, repair them before winter, since they are obscured when it snows. If there are any areas that haven’t been fixed before ice and snow moves in, use cones or warning tape to prevent accidents.

Gather Winter Supplies

Buy winter supplies and have everything handy throughout the season. Many will help to avoid personal injury; winter is a season when the most expensive slip-and-fall accidents occur. The following are basic winter supplies for a self-storage facility:

  • Ice Melt, which should be spread before a freeze, to get the melting process started (ensure proper use, according to manufacturers’ instructions)
  • Caution signs to post on the property
  • Snow shovels, since you can’t expect the snow removal service to be there for constant upkeep
  • Floor mats for all entrances, to be placed when the weather is icy and/or snowy
  • Keep a mop and bucket near entrances, to clean up puddles
  • Indoor-outdoor ice cleats for the staff to use on their shoes, for safety

 

Winter Prep Wrap-up

Throughout the season, keep incident reports handy, so that you can properly document and report any damage to the self-storage facility. The safety steps you take should help to protect customers as well as employees. When you have the help of the Weaver Realty Group, an Argus Self Storage Network Affiliate, on your team, you have all of the resources you need within reach. Weaver represents Argus throughout the Florida peninsula, and business relationships are highly valued and beneficial. For help from a reliable self-storage broker, contact Josh Koerner of Weaver Realty Group at 904-591-0140.