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If you want to keep your building in good condition, you need to know what to look for. So, we’ve put together the ultimate summer building maintenance checklist for you!
Power Wash the Outside of the Building
The first thing you need to know about quality building maintenance is that it’s not enough just to take care of the interior. This is why the first entry on our summer building maintenance checklist is power washing your building’s exterior. By doing this during summer, you can properly shed the dirt and other unpleasantness that spring storms and other bad weather have caked the building in. If you want to use water and a cleaning solution to scrub away some particularly nasty spots, they would quickly dry and do damage to your façade due to the warm weather. However, if you hire commercial maintenance professionals, they’d get those handled efficiently and effectively, therefore you do not need to worry about handling it yourself and causing potential damage to your building.
Have a Thorough Inspection of the Plumbing System
It is important to do a thorough inspection of your building’s plumbing system as part of your summer building maintenance checklist. This is because certain issues, such as leaks, are the easiest to spot during this season. After all, with the high humidity and frequent rainfall of winter and spring, it can be really difficult to tell whether something is a genuine concern and requires professional plumbing assistance or if it’s just a consequence of the weather. However, the heat and dryness of summer cut out a lot of this uncertainty. Of course, it’s also just generally good to test your plumbing for obstructions and clogs building up in them. The sooner those problems are caught, the easier to deal with them without fuss. And ignoring problems until they grow into something complicated and expensive is never the right move anyway.
Inspect Your Roof and Perform Maintenance
Many people will tell you that spring is the most important time to do a roof inspection. They cite that it’s because your building’s gone through winter and its intense storms. However, that’s simply ignoring the severity and strength that spring storms are capable of. It’s far more common for a roof to get damaged in a sudden spring storm than it is for the same to happen during winter. So, it’s extremely important to have a roofing inspection once spring winds down and the more stable summer weather comes around. Of course, summer also makes it much easier to do any required fixes that the inspection reveals are required. Just note that many people want to do roof maintenance during summer, so if you want to book professionals to help you do so a little bit in advance which takes time and planning. Therefore, if you partner with System4 Facility Services Management, we are well-prepared to ensure that your roof is inspected on time and without you having to invest extra time or energy into finding a service provider. We have a vast network of experienced, vetted service provider that are experienced in roof maintenance and able to support your unique needs, and within budget.
Clean Out and Repair the Building’s Gutters
When having the roof inspected, you’ll also have the chance to have professionals look at your gutters. And it’s a good thing too, as whether there are problems with them or not, you’ll want to make sure they are clean. We just mentioned that spring storms tend to be intense, and this typically translates into a ton of debris and dirt getting into your gutters. You never want to ignore this since it can become a perfect breeding ground for various infections and pests. Particularly if the debris fully clogs up your gutters.
Deal with Annoying Pests in Your Building
Bugs are always an issue, but during the peak summer months, they really come out to play and ruin your days. This is why you need to take preventative steps if you want to stem the tide. First, it’s a good idea to use a deterrent around the entire exterior of your building This will significantly cut down on the number of pests that find their way inside. To combat those that do come in, remember that just cleaning the most commonly used areas of your building is not enough. For example, one of the most common mistakes when hiring a deep cleaning service is hiring them for just your common areas and restrooms. This is great, sure, but it doesn’t really eliminate the dirt, crumbs, and similar caught in various hard-to-reach areas of your building that can be a magnet for pests..
Properly Air Our and Refresh Your Building
With the warmth of summer, you can air out and refresh your building. During spring, with its frequent rainfall and storms, you don’t get the chance to fully get rid of all the stale air—note, of course, that you need to do more than just open windows. You should also take the time to declutter and refresh the rooms themselves! For example, a fresh layer of paint and taking the time to do office decluttering will keep the office space tidy and make it a more appealing place.
Perform HVAC Maintenance
The final addition to your summer building maintenance checklist should include HVAC cleaning, tuning, and perhaps replacement. There’s a ton of work to do around an HVAC system. You need to clean out the outdoor part of the system, replace the system’s filters, check for problems with leaks and ensure that the thermostat works right. Then, there’s also cleaning up vents and ducts inside the building to keep them safe and improve air quality through cleaning and maintenance. Unfortunately, sometimes such maintenance reveals serious problems with the system, which means you might just be need an upgrade. Still, it’s better to catch that at the start of the season before the sizzling summer heat sets in!
Working on Building Maintenance in the Summer
By using the ultimate summer building maintenance checklist we’ve put together, we know you’ll be set to hit the ground running this summer season. However, if the tasks at hand become a bit too much for your maintenance team, or if you do not have the time to dedicate to finding the multiple service providers needed to execute the checklist, then you should consider System4! System4 has over 60 locations within 2 hours of 95% of the U.S. population. No matter what interior or exterior facility service you need accomplished, we have the right experienced, vetted service provider to handle the job. Contact System4 today to learn more about customized facility services solutions.