Steps to Prepare Your Business for a Winter COVID-19 Shutdown

Prepare Your Business for a Winter COVID-19 Shutdown

Shutting down your business in the winter poses unique challenges. See the steps that can help you prepare your business as it sits idle.

Why It’s Important to Prepare Your Business for a COVID-19 Shutdown This Winter

As COVID-19 cases increase in the US, states may temporarily shut down to reduce the number of infections and put less strain on hospitals. But shutting down your business and leaving it idle during the winter can have many risks, such as:
  • Freezing pipes
  • Roofs damaged by snow and ice
  • Ice dams in gutters and fascia
  • Water leaks
  • Vandalismo
  • Pest damage
  • Fires, especially since sprinkler system lines may be frozen

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