My name is Molly, and I'm an intern with Inside Self-Storage. I wanted to find out what sorts of things you do to maintain your facility in the winter. For example, how do you handle snow on your roofs and ground? How do you keep customers safe during a rain storm? What do you do to ease the storage process in bad weather?
You don't have to stick to just those questions, though. If you have anything that comes to mind about your tips for winter maintenance, please share!
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Hey Molly, love the previous answers but I know that they're not helpful in your quest and neither is my answer in the grand scheme of things. The most we have had to do is to cover our water main in a protective blanket and put basically pool noodles around any other exposed piping. We will have 2-3 hard frosts on average in our area so winterizing is basically non-existent for a lot of us in these parts.
We do make sure all of our gutters are running free of debris before/when rainy season hits. It can rain pretty hard here, and we do have an occasional dose of hail & about every 8-10 years a light dusting of snow that lasts about 20 minutes on the ground then melts away.
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NOt sure if you were looking for input from building manufacturers, but here you go. How a facility holds up to winter conditions can be greatly affected by the original site layout. When we help a client in a northern climate design a site, we try to minimize northern facing doors, and where they cannot be avoided, we attempt to design a site which does not shed water to that northern side.
Deciding on low pitch or higher pitched buildings for a site also impacts performance in snow. Low pitched roofs tend to hold the snow, and it slowly melts and drips off. Higher pitched roofs without snowblocks often shed snow in large clumps, which can be damaging to gutters if installed.
When planning the overall layout, we consider not only stormwater handling but where will the snowplow push the snow to? This would ideally be towards the retention pond, with fences positioned to not interfere.
Then there is the issue of elevation changes - Steps in paving can make plowing a little more difficult. We prefer to build structures on a 1% grade to reduce or eliminate steps when possible.