Fall Building Maintenance

TOP 8 COMMERCIAL BUILDING MAINTENANCE TIPS

Maintenance is key to adding longevity and value to your commercial building.  Before the harsh winter hits, fall is a good time to complete an annual maintenance check of your building and property.  To avoid or prevent timely and costly damages to your commercial building, it is imperative to provide routine maintenance. We put together our top maintenance tips for you:

  1. Evaluate Your Landscaping
    Fall is a good time to evaluate landscaping needs for the following spring.  Things to look for are dead trees and shrubs that may need replacement or trimming, mulching, and weeding. Winterize your irrigation system to prevent the risk of winter damage.
  2. Inspect Your Roof
    Clean out roof drains.  Inspect skylights and areas of ponding, loose flashing, stained ceiling tiles, cracking or shifting membranes and other penetrations/openings. Ensure that equipment is functioning properly to prolong the life of your roof.
  3. Check Your Downspouts and Gutters
    Removing dirt and debris from gutters and downspouts permits the proper drainage of water away from your building and preventing damage to your building and gutters. Check all gutters and downspouts to ensure they are securely attached. This will prevent damage and assure proper function.
  4. Service Your HVAC System
    Is your heating unit working properly? With cooler weather approaching, ensure your heating unit is functioning correctly. For optimal performance, replace HVAC filters at a minimum twice a year. By maintaining your HVAC unit, you increase its effectiveness – keeping you warm when you need to be- and decreasing the chances for unnecessary and costly repairs due to unchanged filters and dirty or blocked heat exchanges.
  5. Facade Inspection
    Inspect building facades for leakage, stains, broken glass, precast or brick repairs.   Repair concrete, caulking, architectural elements, glass or stone, if needed.
  6. Inspect Your Exterior Lighting
    Check outdoor and indoor lights bi-annually. Replace exterior lights as reported for safety and security reasons. To reduce energy consumption keep lights clean.
  7. Evaluate Storm Water Facilities
    Evaluate stormwater pipes, inlets, catch basins, manholes, discharge pipes, inflow and outflow for deterioration and blockages. Clean and complete repairs immediately to avoid damage and assure proper function. Remove or trim any vegetation affecting the system function.
  8. Inspect Your Pavement and Sidewalks
    Inspect parking areas and sidewalks bi-annually for trip hazards, such as cracks and potholes. Crack sealing and seal coating of asphalt areas should be completed at least every other year. Parking lot markings and signage should also be inspected annually to plan accordingly for budgetary needs.

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