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Best Practices for long-term closures
If your business is going to be unattended for an extended period, follow these best practices:
- Maintain a minimum temperature inside the building to preserve its contents, facilities and the building itself. To keep the water network in operation, maintain a minimum temperature of 18C. This temperature is also recommended if your building has a sprinkler system.
- Even if a minimum temperature is maintained, it’s recommended that you turn off the water at the main inlet valve and drain the entire system by turning on a tap at the end of the plumbing network.
- If you drop the temperature below 18C, make sure that the ambient humidity level is below 40% to prevent a build-up of condensation and mold. Be aware that dropping the temperature too low can result in a contraction of internal building materials and a breakage in the finish of the walls.
- Finally, visit the building every other day to ensure that everything is in working order.
Taking the time to conduct a thorough walk-through before closing and checking back regularly increases the chances that your property will be safe and secure when you’re ready to open again.