How to Prepare Your Construction Projects for Winter
Summary: Winter can wreak havoc on your construction site. Here’s how you can prepare for the impending weather delays.
The year is rapidly coming to a close and winter is slowly starting to hit full-force. Weather conditions have slowly gotten harsher and even the smallest, simplest tasks are becoming more difficult. Numerous projects will encounter rain and even snow, thus slowing things down tremendously. Is your project ready for winter? Lyle Charles, from Lyle Charles Consulting, has a few tips to keep your construction site efficient, even during poor weather.
How Does the Weather Affect Projects?
During poor weather, production is often slowed, and even halted for safety reasons. For instance, materials cannot be lifted during high winds. Additionally, workers will need more frequent rest breaks when working in extreme cold temperatures and their movement could be hampered by the weather or clothing.
How to Counter Delays
Rain has a detrimental impact on the production of a construction site. Consistent rainy weather can flood excavations, damage equipment, and generally delay all work. At times, this cannot be prevented, but there are numerous tasks that can be done while the weather gives you a break. It’s important to make your project weather-tight, which will allow work to continue inside, even when temperatures drop drastically or mother nature throws you a curveball.
Before the onset of wet weather, it’s important to check all storm-water drains and gutters. At times, drains become damaged by construction work or connections are not constructed correctly. While the weather is still clear, sometimes it’s a good idea to clean the drains and ensure there are no blockages. Nevertheless, precautionary measures should always be taken prior to poor weather to ensure maximum efficiency – or the owner may need to contact a construction consulting expert to help navigate them through legal roadblocks.