Tampa-Based MaintenX Helps Businesses with Hurricane Preparation

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MaintenX International wants facility managers to make necessary preparations in time for hurricane season.

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The best thing you can do for yourself, your family and your business during hurricane season is to prepare.

Researchers are predicting a more active than average 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1. MaintenX technicians know it is never too early to prepare for a major storm. There are some essential and proactive steps you can take to protect your property, like investing in safety supplies, practicing your emergency plan and fixing small hazards that can lead to major damage.

“The best thing you can do for yourself, your family and your business during hurricane season is to prepare," said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “For example, if a tree falls and knocks off your drain gutter, you’re not going to panic if you planned ahead for damages. Schedule a pre-storm roof inspection and check to make sure your roof is in top shape to ensure there’s nothing hazardous to cause major damage.”

A lot of hurricane damage is caused by trees that either break apart or are uprooted. Safeguarding your landscape from strong storms means making both long-term and last-minute preparations. Trees with healthy root systems, good structure and strong branching patterns tend to fare better during storms. Remove dead, dying, diseased and damaged branches from trees, especially those close to buildings and structures. Remove any branches that bump or graze your building before the storm hits.

Windows, doors, roof and gutters are critical areas to focus on when making hurricane preparations. Invest in shutters or install plywood to protect windows and doors from debris. Pre-storm roof inspections can help to evaluate whether your roof can withstand a storm. Gutters are an integral piece of your facility’s wellbeing. They control rainwater runout to protect the roof, walls, foundation and surrounding landscape. A debris-clogged gutter can create a leaky roof or water damage to your building. By clearing out leaves, sticks and other debris, you eliminate the chance for unnecessary damage. Gutter covers or leaf guards can reduce the amount of debris collected, but still require a yearly maintenance check.

Having a comprehensive storm safety plan is always better than being caught off-guard. Facility managers should assess facility parking lots and remove any potential hazards that could be blown around. Check parking lot drains to make sure they’re not clogged. Loading dock drains can also clog during a torrential downpour. Schedule maintenance to inspect a loading dock drain that floods after a heavy rain as an important step in ensuring your property is ready for a major storm.

There are many factors to consider when preparing any facility for a hurricane. Facility managers trust MaintenX professionals to help assess and execute necessary repairs and preparations prior to hurricane season. For more information about MaintenX and the services they provide, visit http://www.maintenx.com.

MaintenX International is a fully-licensed, facilities repair company. They are one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S. MaintenX has created a network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in the area, the company has fostered a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country to provide superior service for their clients. For more than 35 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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