What’s on your summer checklist? Getting an even tan? Improving your beach look? Visiting a destination you’ve thought about for a long time? We all have things to get done—personally and professionally—and the summertime is usually when our schedule is most flexible.
If you’re a business owner, it’s also important to ensure your building is in tip-top shape for summer. The only question is, what areas of your building should you maintain? We’ve created a building maintenance checklist for summer to ensure you address a few of the most important areas.
1. Check and maintain the HVAC system.
For starters, ensure that the HVAC system in your facility is running smoothly and efficiently. Have air filters checked and replaced (if needed), as well as clean coils, inspect the ductwork and identify any needed repairs. This will help keep the building comfortable and energy-efficient during the warm-weather months.
2. Inspect the roof.
Coming in at #2 on our summer building maintenance checklist is a commercial roof inspection. After the stormy spring season, it’s important to check the roof for any signs of damage, including cracks, leaks or missing shingles. Repair any issues to prevent water damage during summer, which comes with its own set of storms.
3. Clean gutters and downspouts.
Remove any debris that may have accumulated in the gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage and leaks. Ensure that the drainage system in your building is working correctly by testing it and having it inspected by a commercial building maintenance company.
4. Inspect the exterior.
While you’re at it, check the building’s exterior for any damage, including cracks, peeling paint or rotting wood. Other exterior areas that are sometimes absent on a building maintenance checklist include concrete, asphalt, car wash drive-thrus, windows, equipment and parking lots.
5. Check the landscaping.
Trim any overgrown trees or shrubs and remove any dead or diseased plants. This will help keep your building’s exterior looking neat and tidy and is especially important if your industry typically experiences more foot traffic in the summer.
6. Check the parking lot and walkways.
Repair any cracks or potholes in the parking lot or walkways to prevent accidents and injuries. Sealcoat the parking lot to protect it from the sun’s UV rays, and check the asphalt and concrete.
7. Clean windows and doors.
Cleaning windows and doors to remove dirt and grime that may have accumulated during the winter months should be part of your summer building maintenance checklist. This will help improve the building’s energy efficiency and natural light so you can save electricity during a season that typically demands a lot of it.
8. Test fire safety equipment.
One of the most important items on your building maintenance checklist should be to ensure that all fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems, are working correctly. It’s a good idea to do this multiple times a year.
9. Schedule a deep cleaning.
Summer is an excellent time for a commercial deep cleaning and sanitization service. Specifically, a deep cleaning of the building’s interior, including carpets, upholstery and other surfaces. If it hasn’t been cleaned or sanitized in a while, do it now.
By following this building maintenance checklist, you can ensure that your commercial facility is ready for the summer months and prepared for any upcoming maintenance needs.