It is important to regularly check your company’s building to ensure it is current with all of its repairs. At times, failure to make scheduled repairs can cause issues to escalate into expensive costly repairs in the future. It is important for the staff at your building to have a regular preventative maintenance checklist and to conduct inspections regularly. When considering which items need to be on your building’s preventative maintenance checklist, review the information below:
Inspection of the Building’s Exterior
The exterior of your building should be inspected regularly. It is wise to look for cracks on the walls or cracks on the foundation of the building. Sometimes, cracks can indicate a deeper problem manifesting itself. If you see any cracks, attempt to have a technician diagnose their cause and repair them before the problem gets worse.
Check for Hinges or Springs That Need to Be Replaced
On your windows and doors, there are times where hinges or springs need to be repaired. Look for these repairs closely so that they do not cause unnecessary injuries with your staff. Ideally, hinges and springs should be checked once every three or four months to be sure that necessary repairs are not missed.
Periodic Surveying of the Building’s Light System
A building’s lighting system has many components that should be inspected. First, it is important to inspect when lightbulbs have gone out. Cables, screws, and gaskets also need to be inspected. If your building has mercury or lead lights, it is important to inspect them regularly and handle them with care. Lighting surfaces should also be cleaned regularly to have optimum performance. What is important to remember is that lights can be hazardous if they are not cared for properly. Also, the visibility of your staff will be impacted by failing to inspect your building’s lighting system regularly.
Preparing for Plumbing Repairs
Plumbing is the type of repair that can often go unnoticed until there is a major plumbing issue. It is important to stay on top of plumbing repairs to be able to catch an issue before it causes substantial damage to your building. Having a regular schedule of when valves need to be replaced is one place to start. By conducting regular valve inspections, it may be possible to notice other issues. When looking for plumbing issues, be sure to look at walls or flooring that has visible damage to see if there is a possible interior flood causing the area to have altered texture. By doing so, it may also be possible to detect a plumbing issue earlier rather than later.
Replacing Fire Equipment
Having the right fire equipment that is up to date is important to follow local regulations. Your building’s fire extinguishers need to be replaced annually to be sure that they are functioning properly. In addition to fire equipment, it is important to check for fire hazards within your building to see if there is excess clutter or areas that have the potential of overheating and catching fire. If you are regularly following fire safety recommendations by your local fire department, it will help protect your building from being damaged by a fire that could have otherwise been avoided.
Heating and Cooling Systems
HVAC inspections are something that should occur regularly in your building. It is important to check and lubricate pumps once per year. Air filters need to be cleaned and replaced once per month or twice per year depending on the type installed in your building. Cleaning the economizer for corrosion and debris will help your system function better. Chillers and boilers should be regularly inspected by a professional.
Roofing is one of the most common areas that buildings need to be inspected. Replacing a roof can be very expensive, which means it is important to inspect the roof regularly to avoid missing a repair that was necessary and paying excess repair costs. It is wise to check roofing, files, warranties, and contracts. Clearing your roof drains from debris is important so that t the system will work when a storm hits. Inspecting the perimeter for new and old damages to metal and copings is beneficial. Conducting a moisture survey to detect leaks can help you spot leaks early. Inspecting solar panels in areas around penetrations will help protect your roof. Installing protection of the roof membrane is important to prolong the life of your roof. Fire hazards should be considered when choosing roof material in areas that have a risk for wildfires.
Look for Signs of Pests
Pests can infest commercial and residential properties alike. Some of the most common pests are termites and rodents. It is important to have a strategy in place related to how your team will manage pest and which kinds of treatment use the least amount of harmful chemicals possible. Also, your employees should have procedures in place about how to regularly throw away their food so that they do not attract pests to your building. Common signs to look for are rodent droppings or excess noise in the interior walls or kitchen area. For termites, there will be a small layer of dust on the floor that almost looks like sawdust. If you see any of these indicators, it is wise to have professionals come to your property and recommend a plan to eliminate your infestation of pests. Do not wait too long to get assistance because once you have a pest problem, the infestation will only get worse until you take steps to eliminate them from your property. Pests, if left unattended, can cause a great deal of damage to your property and potentially impact the safety of your employees.