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How to protect your business against storm damage

Although we’ve been relatively lucky with the weather this winter, the Met Office has predicted that our luck is about to change. Another ‘Beast from the East’ is due to hit the UK, which means your business needs to be protected against freezing cold temperatures, heavy snow and high winds.

Your business is precious and losing even one day of daily running can be extremely costly. So, it’s important to ensure the right measures are in place to protect against storm damage.

Here are some tips to help protect your business against storm damage.

How to prevent severe damage to your roof

Roofs are especially vulnerable when high winds hit, as loose tiles can easily fly off and leave your property exposed to wet weather. So regular inspections are essential. The things to look out for are:

  • Any debris from broken tiles or slates on the ground around the property
  • Any leaning chimneys, or loose chimney bricks
  • Any loose guttering or blockages
It’s also worth fitting heat tape around the underside of your guttering to prevent ice from forming. If anything needs repairing, get it fixed by a professional as soon as possible.

How to prevent high replacement costs

In the event of a storm like ‘Beast of the East’, having the right business insurance policies in place is vital. Without financial protection against all the potential damages caused by a storm, you could be forking out huge amounts for repairs or even be at risk of going out of business.

One key insurance policy is Business Interruption Insurance. This protects against disturbances that affect your business’s ability to operate normally. This could include disturbances at your own premises or at a nearby one - providing that the event has caused a genuine interruption to your business’s operations.

To ensure your business is fully protected against storm damage, call us on 0800 970 0077.

How to prevent high energy bills

When making sure your business is energy efficient in a storm, the first thing to check is that your property has efficient insulation. If cold air is entering the premises, hot air will be escaping which means your heating system will be working extra hard to keep your business warm. To prevent this, do a sweep of your property and check for the following:

  • Rattling windows and doors - this means cold air will be seeping through unsealed cracks, which can be easily and inexpensively fixed by using a solution called caulk (you can get this from a DIY shop).
  • Gaps in outside walls - pay close attention to exterior corners, sealing any gaps in outer walls or foundations with foam or caulk to prevent cold air and water entering the premises

Another key step in preventing high energy bills is ensuring that you’re not only on a fairly priced energy contract, but that you’re on the right one for your business usage habits. For advice on the right contract for your business, call us on 0800 970 0077.

If you don’t have time to always ensure your business is set up on the right energy contract, you may be interested in our Do It For You service. This service finds the right price and contract for your business at every renewal, without you having to lift a finger.