Mother Nature can destroy a building in a matter of just a few years—or even just a few moments. From natural disasters to slow decay, nature eventually brings down every building that is not properly maintained. However, there are simple things you can do to prolong the lifespan of your business’s premises.
Prevent Water Damage
While water is life, water is also one of the biggest destructive elements to a building. The slow dripping of water from roof and plumbing leaks eventually rots your building to the core. Water also fosters the growth of mold and mildew, creating a “sick building.” The cost of mold remediation can be significant.
Any roof or plumbing leaks, no matter how small, must be fixed as soon as possible. Water damage has a cumulative effect, so even a small leak that isn’t repaired eventually adds up to a big repair.
You should also repair and protect your business’s roof. Spray polyurethane foam can protect your roof from future water damage. This is a very durable material, and it’s seamless nature makes it water resistant, which protects your business.
If your building is in a flood zone, also have sandbags or sandbag alternatives on hand. You’ll also want to have a plan to quickly deploy your sandbags.
Keep Critters Out
Rodents, birds, and insects can become a big problem for any building. Not only do rats, mice, and pigeons spread disease, they can also destroy a building. For example, rodents are notorious for chewing through wiring, which can trigger electrical fires. They can also chew holes through walls and destroy furniture.
Using outdoor bait traps can help keep rodents from getting into your building. Also, plug any possible entry points with wire mesh to keep rodents from getting in.
Pigeons nesting on your roof can also become a big problem. Pigeon poop is surprisingly acidic, and will eventually wreck your roofing and exterior walls. Using pigeon spikes, bird netting, and decoy owls on your roof can keep these flying pests away.
Finally, termites can destroy any building with a wood frame. Once again, water leaks can attract termites, since they often love feeding on wet wood. You can create a termite barrier by shooting termiticide into the soil around your building. You could also use steel mesh screens around the foundation to keep termites out.
Protect Against High Winds
If your business is within a hurricane or tornado zone, you’ll need hurricane shutters for all of your doors and windows. These will prevent high winds from blowing out the glass and destroying your building.
With regular maintenance and reasonable precautions, your building can easily stand up to the forces of Mother Nature.