Summer Building Maintenance Checklist
Building maintenance is an all-year round task however, giving priority to certain tasks, depending on the season, can make savings in both time and money.
Below are some of the tasks which, if given priority in the summer, may save extra effort later or may be easier to perform than during other seasons.
CHECK THE ROOF
Given the usually better weather conditions in the summer it is the ideal time for checking roofs for any damage. As with most things concerning maintenance, it is better and easier to do preventative maintenance than to have to do repairs at a later date. Therefore inspecting a roof and strengthening potential weak spots can help prevent being called in to deal with rain damage, during which you would have to repair the roof anyway.
CHECK YOUR GUTTERS AND DRAINS
The drier weather conditions will also make cleaning drains and gutters easier however, after the autumn leaves have dropped from any vegetation in the area, a further clean may be necessary. Having properly cleaned the gutters and drains during the summer months however, will make the autumn clean-up a far easier task.
CHECK OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT
Any outdoor furniture or equipment may have taken a battering during the winter months and so need to be thoroughly checked and repaired as necessary. Whether you are maintaining a business or residential property, outside areas will probably be used more during the summer months and so patio, picnic areas or even walkways will have to be maintained to a high standard during these months.
CHECK YOUR HEATING
This is the time to fully check out all the building’s heating equipment and make repairs as necessary. Heating professionals are at their busiest during the winter months and so therefore are not only harder to hire in a hurry but they will also be charging their highest prices. If necessary, it could therefore mean a big saving in both effort and cost if a professional was hired to check the heating systems completely at this time.
PURCHASE OR CHECK FIRE EQUIPMENT
Although the checking of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors is something which should be done several times a year, due to its importance it is something which should be placed on every season’s to do list. The summer to do list however should perhaps include the re-evaluation of adequate fire precautions as well as the serviceability of the current ones.
Mold can form both on the outside areas of properties as well as on the inside and apart from being unsightly can be forewarnings of bigger problems in the future. An inspection for mold spores should be carried out both externally and internally. Any mold, where found, should not just be removed but should also be investigated to determine its cause. Once again this is an occasion where preventive maintenance can save more expensive and time consuming maintenance repairs at a later date.
KEEP YOUR VEGETATION IN CHECK
Summer of course is a time when lawns and gardens are expected to look their best but regardless of whether or not the property owner hires a gardener or not, maintenance should ensure that no vegetation is encroaching onto driveways or walkways. Unattended vegetation growths in driveways can lead to potholes and can also lead to the breaking up of cement walkways.
PROTECT YOUR AIR CONDITIONERS
If the building uses air conditioning units in the summer months, ensure to check them early so you’re not left hot on sweltering summery nights!