This is the time of the year that people are working on getting themselves in their best shape, but what about your building’s best shape? People often neglect the importance of seasonal maintenance, and the number of tasks often gets too overwhelming. Get ahead with your building’s seasonal maintenance with these tips from the architectural firm Jackson Galloway:
Mechanical and HVAC Maintenance: Check your HVAC air filters, and don’t hesitate to replace the ones that need replacing. If you’re having trouble, manufacturers often provide easy-to-use instruction manuals on their websites. While it may be a hassle, the benefits of a clean air filter are far better than dirty ones that cycle airborne illnesses and allergens.
Make sure your thermostats are adjusted to the upcoming change and temperatures. Also, request a freon-level check for your HVAC condensers. Low freon indicates a possible leak, which can cause the unit to struggle to keep cool.
Plumbing: Don’t limit this to toilets, sinks and showers (although you should check these for clogs or slow drainage). Be sure to check your irrigation systems in preparation for a potentially dry season to maintain your landscape. Consider getting automatic controls to help conserve water and save money in the long run. If you’re building has an elevator pit, inspect it for standing water. Standing water could indicate a broken water pump or the need for an oil replacement.
Sealants: Roof leaks and clogged gutters can become pesky problems after months of rain and snow. Stained ceiling tiles and bubbling paint are two signs that your building could have a roof leak or a clogged drain line. Your building may need a spring cleaning of its own to get rid of mold, mildew and other growths caused by moisture.
Electrical: You may want to consider LED bulbs in your lamps and light fixtures. These bulbs not only need replacements less frequently, but also produce less heat, which means less maintenance and a cooler building.
Life Safety: Test your smoke alarms, and replace batteries on other hardwired devices. You should clear exit ways and stairways that may have been used for storage in previous months to avoid fire hazards and liability issues. Your building might be on a different schedule in the new season, so adjust your security systems according to your new schedule.
By getting ahead of this seasonal maintenance now, you could be saving yourself and your business money in the long run. Use these tips to make sure your building stays in its best shape!