Natural disasters never hit at convenient times, so business owners and facility managers should be prepared all the time. Even if you escape property damage, power outages can bring business processes to a halt. You never want to find yourself in that situation, so prevent downtime by making sure that your backup generator is weatherproof and ready for anything.
Backup generators are excellent because they ensure that your business has the power it needs to function during and after a disaster event. Having the right kind of generator for your facility is vital to its success; it must be sized appropriately and weatherproof. If you keep it inside, it is essential that it be housed in a space designed for that purpose; generator use in poorly ventilated areas can cause lethal carbon monoxide buildup. If you keep it outside, make sure it is secured to code and appropriately protected from the elements.
Once you have a generator, inspect it regularly. Merely having a backup generator is useless if it hasn’t been properly maintained, and fails when it’s needed most. Comprehensive inspections include the belts, coolant levels, and fuel. If your business facility is at risk from hurricanes or other natural disasters, it is recommended that you inspect and service your backup generators at least twice a year. Preventative maintenance keeps cost low and constant, while providing you with peace of mind.
At MaintenX, we excel in preventative maintenance, and we’ve been helping businesses of all sizes prepare for and recover from natural disasters for over 30 years. To learn more about how we can assist your business and its facility, please feel free to contact us at any time!