Winter Building Maintenance Checklist
Although all buildings should be maintained throughout the year, preparing a building for winter is especially important. As well as the routine inspections and actions which are taken throughout the year, a checklist of additional checks and actions should be checked prior to the colder conditions arriving.
Here is an example of a winter checklist that identifies potential problem areas and should be checked along with any other routine maintenance prior to the winter months commencing.
CHECK GAS LINES AND CONNECTIONS
If gas heating is to be used during the colder weather, all gas lines and connections should be inspected for leaks or signs of corrosion and repaired as necessary.
CHECK THAT YOUR HEATING SYSTEM IS READY
Whatever heating system will be used, it should be tested to ensure that it is working efficiently, calling in experts if necessary.
HAVE YOUR BOILER SERVICED
Regular servicing means you won’t be caught out when the cold weather hits. Try to schedule a professional visit before winter sets in.
CHECK THAT YOUR FIRE PLACES AND CHIMNEYS ARE CLEAR
If heating is to be provided by fireplaces then the fire places should be prepared and chimneys cleaned and inspected.
PREVENT PIPES FREEZING
Water pipes are prone to freezing if not adequately insulated and so inspections on all water pipes should be carried out, insulating them where necessary.
PREPARE FOR A STORM
Have a plan in place in case of any major storms so everyone knows where any emergency equipment can be found and a hold a storm drill if necessary.
INSPECT YOUR INSULATION
Good building insulation will not only keep the people inside warm but will also save on heating costs and so an inspection of the buildings insulation is recommended.
PROTECT YOUR AIR CONDITIONERS
If the building uses air conditioning units in the summer months, ensure they too are protected from the winter elements, usually securing plywood on top of the outdoor portion should suffice.
FLUSH AND INSULATE YOUR HOT WATER TANK
Buildup of sediment can occur in hot water tanks and so they should be flushed and cleaned once a year in order to maintain their effectiveness and the most appropriate time for that, is whilst prepping for the winter months