You made a substantial investment when you either purchased or constructed your building. Protect your property, save money and save headaches with proper building maintenance. Routine maintenance is vital for your investment. To prolong the longevity of your commercial building follow these top 7 spring maintenance tips.
Have your roof inspected by a professional. The winter season is rough on a roof, with harsh weather conditions like heavy snow melting and refreezing to ice, and strong winds. A spring inspection can reveal common winter roof damage, and allow time for repair before they become serious issues. Some things to look for are:
• Loose seams, including edges and corners.
• Missing roofing materials, such as flashing or seals around vents, skylights, drains, etc.
• Areas where water is pooling.
• Leaks, Splits, Tears, Punctures, Cracks, Small Holes, Cuts
• Interior water stains or bubbling of wallpaper or paint.
• Dented storm collars or damaged gutters and downspouts
This is also a good time to give your roof a thorough cleaning.
Downspouts and Gutters
Spring can bring a lot of rain so you want to make sure your downspouts and gutters are working well. First, remove debris from your downspouts and gutters. Then make sure they’re draining properly. Lastly, inspect for damage.
Exterior of building
Whether your building exterior is siding, masonry or brick, spring is a great time to assess maintenance needs. Thoroughly cleaning your building’s exterior and checking for cracks or other signs of damage and wear, will help determine your needs. Seal, fill, repair and clean as recommended by your exterior finish contractor or manufacturer. Also, check for any growth that is impacting the building. For instance, ivy can damage masonry, and tree roots can damage foundations.
Remove branches from trees that may have dislodged from the weight of heavy snow and ice. Clean up debris on the property, flower beds, and vegetation. This is a good time to freshen mulch. Mulch provides many nutrients to the soil and can help prevent weeds. Check the drainage of the property in general. Furthermore, don’t forget to perform maintenance on your irrigation system. Test it and assess any damage from winter. If it was properly winterized in the fall, this should be a simple inspection process. Check the timer settings and set accordingly.
Asphalt and Concrete: Parking Lots and Sidewalks
Spring is a great time to assess your parking lots and sidewalks. This will allow time to schedule repairs when temps are consistently above 50° F, or per your contractor’s requirements. Fill and seal cracks. If in severe disrepair, complete reconstruction may be needed.
Mechanical Systems: HVAC and Fire Protection
Make sure the air conditioning system is operational before summer temps hit. Change filters, clear debris from vents and perform all other routine maintenance. Test the building’s fire protection systems including alarms, sprinklers, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors and extinguisher expiration dates. This is also a good time to check that evacuation routes are up-to-date and clearly posted, exit signs are in working order and any emergency backup lighting is functioning properly.
Caulking areas in spring or summer will save you a step in the fall when doing winter preparations. Check for cracks and gaps around doors and windows, interior and exterior. Inspect window glazing to determine if repairs are needed. This is also a great time to thoroughly clean all windows, and re-align doors if needed.