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4 Reasons Why You Need to Winterize Your Business

4 Reasons Why You Need to Winterize Your Business

As you know, in Wisconsin, snow, ice, and sleet can wreak havoc on businesses during the winter. With that in mind, as a business owner, you more than likely have considered the benefits of winterizing your business and the process it all entails.

At Suburban Electric, we highly recommend that you take steps now to winterize your business. This helps to greatly reduce the risk of downtime, lost productivity, and damaged inventory. Winterizing your business may also help to lower your energy bills and most importantly, keep you and your employees safe.

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Here are four reasons why you need to winterize your business before the first big snowfall hits:

1. Ice Dam Prevention

To start, winterizing your business means preventing ice dams.

Ice dams are a fact of life in snowy areas of the country. They are a safety hazard to businesses of all shapes and sizes as they can lead to ice falling, roof sagging, and water damage to your facilities.

Ice dams aren’t good to deal with, however, the good news is that they can be reduced and even eliminated with a proper heat tape system in place.

At Suburban, our team of reputable electrical contractors will access your existing heat tape system and make the necessary changes to increase the safety of your facilities and minimize property damage like getting rid of ice dams.

2. Avoid Outages in Your Parking Lot & Perimeter Lighting System

With cold weather and daylight savings on the horizon, now is a good time to access your parking lot and perimeter lighting system for potential outages.

When winterizing your business, it’s also important to remember to program the time change so that your parking lot and perimeter lights aren’t left in the dark. If this happens, it may cause customers to think you are closed or your employees to walk to their cars in darkness.

To prevent this, our lighting technicians at Suburban will access your existing outdoor lighting system and implement an energy efficient lighting plan to keep your employees and facilities safe.

Winterize your business properly to avoid outages in your parking lots and lighting systems!

3. Keep Your Fleet Vehicles Warm & Dependable

In many regions throughout the country, plugging in your fleet vehicles at night is just a part of the end-of-day routine in the winter. Engine block heaters help provide reliable engine starts and minimize engine warm up time in cold weather. If you use an engine block heater for your fleet vehicles, you need power.

At Suburban, our team of professionals will verify all your block heater outlets are functioning properly. We will make the repairs needed to keep your fleet vehicles running efficiently, to reduce your operating costs.

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4. Protect Your Business from Potential Disasters

Lastly, it’s important to stay proactive and take preventative measures to prepare your business for the cold winter months. The last thing you want is for that first snowfall to hit with your business being unprepared, leaving your employees and customers at an increased risk for injury.

At Suburban, we’re here to take the stress away from winterizing your large or small business as you can depend on us for all your winterization service solutions.

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Other Ways to Winterize Your Business

There are a few other factors you should consider when preparing for winter.

These include using energy-efficient light bulbs, automating your thermostat, preparing your pipes so they don’t burst, checking your heating ducts, and using energy-efficient glazing on windows and doors.

Have specific questions for our electrical team? We suggest taking a look at our electrical FAQs, or contacting us today for more info.

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How Suburban Can Help!

How can the electricians at Suburban Electric help you prepare your business for winter?

First, we help you by:

  • Inspecting the electrical connections and overall system. Our company’s electricians check so there is no outdated or damaged wiring present and that everything is functioning properly. We also assess for overloaded circuits, and any other possible electrical issues.
  • Upgrading electrical systems. If required, we can upgrade your existing electrical system to ensure that your building is equipped to handle the increased demand during Wisconsin’s harsh winter weather.
  • Installing emergency backup systems. Our electricians can help winterize your business by installing any backup systems, such as generators, to ensure your business stays running in the event there is a power outage, which could result in significant problems.


Is it time to winterize your business? When the colder months come, especially in the state of Wisconsin, you’ll want to be prepared! Winterizing your business will help you better manage your energy costs.

In the new year, you’ll also want to schedule a service request to have an electrical team come out to your location. More information here on our 4 Electrical New Year’s Resolutions for Manufacturer’s page.

If you haven’t already taken advantage of these winterizing and electrical services, we’d love to help you get started. To learn more about how Suburban can help prepare and protect your industrial company or commercial business this winter, contact us today.

Our licensed electricians provide a number of services, including EPM assessments, surge protection, electrical panel replacements, machinery installation, electrical maintenance, and yearly electrical service and support.

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