Weather Delays: How Weather Can Affect Your Project
10 months ago
When you’re planning a construction or landscaping project, the weather is always a consideration. There’s no way to avoid it in our industry!
No matter where your jobsite is located, the crews will be exposed to weather patterns daily, which can result in weather delays.
Bad weather can negatively impact a construction project by limiting visibility, damaging equipment, making the worksite unsafe or unstable, and even undoing previously completed work.
The best contractors know their regions and know how to plan for inclement weather. Still, delays can happen, so we’re sharing some of the most common reasons you might experience a weather delay at your jobsite.
Whether it’s subzero temperatures in the winter months or 100+ degree heat in the summer, construction projects don’t do well in extreme temperatures.
Cold temperatures can keep machinery from starting or may need more time to warm up.
With high temperatures, sealants might not work the way they should, certain materials might need more time to set or additional time to cool.
Extreme temperatures aren’t just a potential hazard to machines, your jobsite crew is also in danger.
On extremely hot days the risk of sunstroke and dehydration is high and during extreme cold, additional protective clothing and materials are necessary.
If your jobsite has hazardous materials on site, extreme heat or cold can make storing them dangerous if your contractor doesn’t take the proper precautions.
Storms & Unpredictable Weather
Unexpected storms are some of the most common culprits of project delays.
Storms bring heavy rain, strong winds, dangerous lightning, and even tornadoes in our area of Northern Indiana.
Storing supplies and equipment at high levels is dangerous in an area and time of year where storms are common.
For example, tall cranes are always a risk at construction sites when they could be hit by lightning or caught by high-speed winds.
Heavy rains can cause flash flooding and turn formerly safe, level jobsites into a mess with sliding mud and erosion.
How SiteWorx Avoids Weather Delays
Our team always tries to avoid substantial weather delays whenever possible. We do this by:
- Monitoring local weather reports to plan site work appropriately
- Scheduling large equipment and deliveries to the site after storms clear
- Starting earthwork and trenching when the ground is as dry as possible
- Covering holes and open areas of the jobsite before a predicted rainstorm
- Having safety plans in place for the site and the crew
Make The Best Of Project Delays
Construction delays on a jobsite can happen due to a variety of factors. While we can’t prevent bad weather from slowing us down, we do plan and try to optimize every job site to handle inclement weather the best we can.
SiteWorx has the experience and professional equipment to provide customized solutions for every project with the highest quality and professionalism available.
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