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Tips for Improving Your Building Investment This Winter

Posted by Cory Anderson on Tue, Oct 02, 2012 @ 02:52 PM

winterizeAccording to the Farmers Almanac website, the Great Lakes Region is predicted to be hit with a “real winter” this year.  As a business owner or manager, your building is an investment that you’d like to protect from harsh weather; therefore, here are a few tips on how to prepare your building and grounds for cooler temperatures, ice, and snow.

Landscaping:

To take care of your lawn during the dormant fall and winter it’s best to start maintenance before the real freeze sets in.  According to Green Thumb Lawn and Turf Specialists of Big Rapids, the top things to do include:

  • Perform core aeration on your lawn to remove thatch from lawns which may have been compacted by foot traffic or other use during the summer.  Doing this promotes deeper root growth for a lush lawn that’s healthy and draught resistant.
  • Applying fertilizer and weed control this time of year strengthens the grass plan as it goes into winter dormancy and weeds are more susceptive to herbicide sprays.
  • Adjust your watering schedule since less will be needed during cooler temperatures.
  • Overseed your lawn if it’s looking thin.  You can do this by applying seed to the already grassy areas of your lawn.  According to www.Lawn-Care-Academy.com, mature plants slow down their production rate.  The new grass plants grow faster.  “The practice of overseeding lawns is the easiest way to keep grass young”.
  • Treat trees for disease prevention in the fall.  Depending on the type of tree, there are a variety of treatments to prevent disease caused by bugs.

Building Maintenance:

Many of the same practices that you use on your home apply to your office or commercial building.  Wolgast Corporation suggests that you do the following to prepare for cooler weather:

  • Clean your gutters before the snow and ice set in to prevent pooling of water when it melts and having it run down to your foundation.
  • Install storm windows if you have them to provide better insulation and lower heat bills.
  • Shut off the valve to your hose bib to prevent it from freezing or breaking and having water run down into your foundation.  On a similar note, make sure that the water is blown out of your irrigation system to prevent damage from the expansion of ice in the lines.
  • Check around your building for cracks and crevices.  If you notice any, take action to seal them to protect your structure.  Also prime and paint any areas on the exterior of your building where wood is exposed.

HVAC System

I also solicited tips from Answer Heating and Cooling of Freeland, MI on the steps you should take to prepare your HVAC System this winter.  They suggested:

  • Change air filters regularly to improve efficiency.  This is important in the winter when the furnace is used consistently.  Along the same lines, check drive belts on your furnace or air handling unit for wear and proper tension to prevent a reduction in airflow or frozen coils.  Then check all wiring for loose and burnt connections.
  • Clear condensate lines from your air conditioner to ensure that nothing is clogged inside to prevent air movement.
  • Clean the burner assembly on your gas furnace.
  • Make sure that air intakes and exhaust vents on the exterior of your building remain unblocked during snow removal to prevent carbon monoxide from occurring inside.

I’m not sure how to exactly describe a “real winter” because they vary in Michigan, but I imagine that there will be lots of snow and ice.  Don’t wait to get your building maintenance in order. 

**FYI – should you have any issues with your building this winter as a result of the weather, Wolgast Restoration is ready to help you with any insurance claim involving your building.  The Wolgast Way.

Tags: Professional General Contractor, Restoration, Good for Business

The Best Way to Speed up Your Building Restoration

Posted by Cory Sursely on Wed, Aug 01, 2012 @ 03:48 PM
Having a Restoration Company and a General Contractor on the Same Team

Wolgast RestorationToday, Wolgast Corporation is launching Wolgast Restoration as a very viable company to deal with all of your needs when mayhem strikes your structure.  Wolgast Restoration specializes in residential and commercial restoration when it comes to structural damage from water, fire, wind, or other mishaps.

So, what are the benefits of having your restoration company on the same team as a general contractor?  The communication and actions to start planning the construction portion of your project (if it’s needed) flows fluidly through the company as the experts in charge of your building talk freely and regularly.  Also the strength and resources that Wolgast Corporation has developed over the past 60+ years provides a solid foundation for Wolgast Restoration to handle projects of any size. 

During the clean-up portion of a project, project technicians can assess the situation and keep the construction staff informed of what’s needed and the construction staff can be estimating budgets, planning for materials, obtaining permits and organizing team coverage.  All this is done without much effort on your part, because when you have endured mayhem, the last thing you want is to be burdened with making phone calls and searching for an expert to preserve your building.

Wolgast Restoration is providing its services through the same systemized approach that Wolgast Corporation uses to provide its construction services.  We find that having this systemized approach allows us to provide the most uniform and quality service for each unique job.  It helps us move quickly to the next task rather than pause to determine what to do next, all to the benefit of our clients, through time savings.

If mayhem strikes you, please don’t hesitate to strike back with Wolgast Restoration.  Call 855.965.4278 to take immediate action.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please visit www.wolgastrestoration.com or call Mike Bellor at (989) 781-0173.

 

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Tags: the Wolgast Way, Restoration

Tips for Making an Insurance Claim for Your Commercial Business

Posted by Cory Sursely on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 @ 02:01 PM
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I chose to discuss Insurance Claims in this blog because when the time comes, some business owners have never been through the process and may not know what to expect.

As you can imagine, there are many different scenarios that can cause damage or loss to your property.  It could be the effects of a variety of storms, an accident, fire, or vandalism damages on your building.  The number one tip that I can give you is to call your insurance company in all circumstances (after you call the emergency services if necessary, of course).  When someone else is to blame for the damage of your property, do not rely solely on their insurance company to handle the claim because it often slows down the process.  Get your insurance provider involved early to assist you with communicating with the other insurance company and expedite the process.

Additionally, if the damage is to your building, your insurance provider may recommend that you receive bids from a professional, trustworthy contractor.  We also recommend that you use the contractor that you trust to give you the best value and quality for your repair.

On www.insweb.com, I found a few good tips, like, making necessary “make-shift” repairs right away so additional damage doesn’t happen.  This is best done by a professional Restoration Company and is also what your insurance company would encourage.  It's good to know from the start that you should not throw away any items removed during clean-up, so the insurance adjuster can see them.  Also, it’s a good idea to keep pictures of your property on file prior to any damage, so the adjuster can compare after damage.  Also remember, whenever you make updates to your property, be sure to take new pictures.

Below, are typical questions that may be asked when you call your insurance company, according to www.nationwide.com:

  • What has been lost or damaged?
  • When did the loss or damage happen?
  • How did the loss or damage happen?
  • What actions have you taken since the loss or damage happened?
  • What is the approximate cost of repair or replacement?

Your insurance company understands that you may not know all the answers to these questions during the initial phone call, but it’s a starting point to help determine the value of your loss or damage.

I hope that you never have any sort of issue that requires you to make a claim; however, Wolgast can help you make building repairs if you do.  Please call me at 800-WOLGAST.

Wolgast has no affiliation with either insurance company referenced above and is not for or against endorsing their services.

Tags: Professional General Contractor, the Wolgast Way, Restoration, Good for Business