With the coming of Spring, so comes the task of spring cleaning. The recent cold spell was one of the worst in recent memory. What this means is, the potential damage left by winter could also be pretty high. This being the case, it’s never too early to stock up on items for spring cleaning and repair.
What To Look Out For and What To Do
The biggest culprit when it comes to cold weather damage is of course water, specifically the water resulting from melting snow and ice. It’s important to remember that water can cause more than one type of cleanup and repair challenge. Consequently, dealing with these challenges would require different approaches. Here are some common problems resulting from melting snow and ice, and what you may need to best deal with them:
- Cracks – As you may know, water trapped in the nooks and crannies of areas like parking lots, roads, and grounds inevitably expand due to freezing, resulting in cracks. As soon as the snow and ice melts, perform a survey of your grounds to check for any new cracks. Take note of the new cracks – or better yet, mark these with a piece of chalk. To seal these up, use a concrete patch kit. This kit contains all the equipment you need to patch up cracks in your concrete.
- Leaks – As on the ground, expanding ice on your roof can result in cracks. Naturally, these cracks can result in leaks. Be on the lookout for pools of water beneath ceilings as these are one of the hallmarks of a leaking roof. However, not all leaks produce enough water to cause pooling. In this case, be sure to check the inside of your roof, looking out for localized discoloration and signs of water damage. Before attempting any kind of repair, be sure that your roof is completely dry. In the meantime, regularly clean up any water on your floors as this could lead to slip and fall accidents. Better yet, you could use a leak diverter. Leak diverters prevent pooling water, reducing the need for constant cleanup.
- Localized flooding and water pooling – Large amounts of snow and ice can cause localized flooding as these melt. If these floods are beginning to prove hazardous, you may need to cordon off the affected area with items like safety cones or stanchions. For large pooling of water inside your facility, you could use berms or absorbent socks to prevent slips and falls.
- Dirt and debris – Dirt and debris trapped in both snow and ice is also released and carried away towards other areas leaving a big mess. In this case, there’s no other solution but to break out your old, trusty trash kit, and clean away. Related to this, all the inevitable sweeping and scrubbing can dull items like pavement signs, especially in parking lots. In which case, you may want to consider repainting your lot with the proper stencils and striping machines.
Spring Cleaning For Safety
Let’s face it: spring cleaning is a chore, one that anyone of us may be tempted to put off till at least till we’ve had a chance to enjoy the warm weather. In fact, making sure you get your spring cleaning done can help increase safety as well as prevent higher repair costs, be it in your home, parking lot or facility. As previously mentioned, repairing leaks can help prevent slip and fall accidents. Repairing cracks on the other hand, can help prevent further damage to your pavement which in turn can result in bigger repairs down the line. These reasons make spring cleaning an endeavor worth doing early.
To help you get started, we put together a number of spring cleaning products which you can view here and here. This is in line with Seton’s initiative to make safety easy. As always stay safe and warm.
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