Spring Cleaning Tips for Commercial Policyholders

Spring Cleaning Tips for Commercial Policyholders

As we find ourselves entering the Spring months, regular maintenance is necessary for up keeping your property. Here are some tips on planning, inspecting, testing and cleaning your commercial property.


  • Label indoor and outdoor shut-off valves on water, sprinklers and gas lines. Be sure personnel knows how to use the shut-off valves as well as when to use them. Check pipes for damage or substantial wear to avoid leaks.
  • Develop and review emergency plans. Be sure to host practice sessions for employees.
  • Review and update business continuity plans, which should include alternative suppliers if a major disruption occurs.

Inspect & Test

  • Perform maintenance on fleet vehicles, including checking wiper blades, tire pressure and treads and oil filters. Any power equipment, including emergency generators, should undergo necessary maintenance. Have fire and smoke detection systems tested.
  • Check sidewalks and parking lots for cracked pavement, potholes and other hazards. Exterior foliage and trees should also be inspected to prevent potential property, roof or power supply damage. If the facility includes rec areas, such as playgrounds and pools, be sure these areas continue to be safe following the winter.


  • Review flammable and combustible liquids that are stored on the premise and discard any materials not used within the last year.
  • Remove clutter and debris from the interior and exterior of the property, cleaning gutters and downspouts, surface drains and grates. Roof inspections should also be conducted, while drains should be checked for erosion or changes to drainage paths.

Respond to Property Damage

  • Conduct an assessment as soon as it is safe to do so. Be sure to inspect all fire protection equipment for physical damage. Have any other damage equipment cleaned, dried out and the electrical insulation tested.
  • Service heating equipment before turning it back on. Monitor portable and emergency power suppliers for carbon monoxide buildup, power back feeds and improper fueling.

Source: PropertyCasualty360

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