As spring comes into full swing and snow begins to melt away, building owners can take full stock of the damages that winter left behind. From cracked pipes to leaky roofs, extreme cold paired with snow and ice can significantly harm any type of building. Restoring your building to fully-functioning and non-hazardous conditions can be difficult after a hard winter, especially with larger buildings or those outfitted for specific purposes.
If you’re a building owner with St. Paul Commercial Real Estate, however, you don’t have to face the trials of post-winter building maintenance. With our added services of complete, on-call commercial property management in St. Paul, MN, you can rest easy with the knowledge that our maintenance technicians can help your building recover from long-term or immediate damages.
Minnesota is notorious for its severe winters. Because of this, it’s inevitable that the damages these winters leave behind are also more severe than building owners in many other states may experience. Whether you own a commercial retail space, an office building, or an industrial facility, St. Paul Commercial Real Estate offers comprehensive property management for mending any damages winter has left behind.
Common Problems with Winter Weather
Typical winter damages include:
- Roofing: From flat to slanted, roofing always suffers the most through the winter. Ice dams in gutters, excess weight of snow, and seal-cracking cold all lend to a situation perfect for roof damage.
- Foundations: Water from snowmelt sinking into the earth can affect your foundations negatively, depending on the level of saturation. Water seeping into cracks in your foundation can worsen those cracks and can even cause your building’s basement to flood. Extreme temperatures can also damage your foundation if the water in the foundation walls and surrounding earth freezes.
- Plumbing: If exposed to 32º F or below, the water and sewage in pipes will expand as they freeze, cracking or bursting the pipe material and pipe seals. Cold temperatures can also damage pumps and valves in your building’s plumbing.
- Electricity: In severe winter weather, your electrical system can be damaged with exposure to wind, precipitation, and extreme cold. Power surges can also cause power losses that shut down heaters and leave your building, as a whole, vulnerable to damage from cold.
- Gas: With pipes exposed to winter cold and precipitation, gas lines and connectors can fail and take on damages that may cause long-term harm to your building as well.
With our year-round commercial property management, all of the potential damages of winter and more can be remediated quickly and efficiently.
Partner with St. Paul Commercial Real Estate to get started finding the perfect building space for your commercial or industrial venture. To learn more about the work we do with real estate and our commercial property management in St. Paul, MN, contact us at (651) 405–1011 today.