Five Preventive Guidelines for Upkeep on Commercial Buildings

October 3, 2011

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Maintaining a facility is usually expensive and very often time consuming. Performing preventive repair on your facility will catch countless problems before they happen as well as preserve the facility in first-class operating condition indefinitely.

Appropriate repair lowers operating expense by prolonging the lifetime of facility materials, as well as the mechanical systems that might prevent a building from operating inefficiently.

1. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

The heating and cooling systems are vital to keep an acceptable temperature as well as prevent the pipes from freezing in the wintry weather. The furnace and air conditioning unit needs to be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year. Heating system air conditioner filters need to be replaced at least month to month, and extra often for extremely grimy or dirty environments. Airborne dirt and dust as well as debris buildup in air vents and can cause allergies therefore should be cleaned twice a year.

2. Plumbing Problems

To avoid major plumbing problems, precautionary maintenance needs to be routinely performed. Inspect every bathroom, faucet as well as spigots for leaks, then fix accordingly. Water heaters should be flushed annually, especially if they are not used too often. In cold climates all exposed pipes have to be wrapped utilizing utility heat tape to prevent freezing.

3. Electrical Errors

The electrical wiring of your facility must be correctly maintained to prevent outages, fires or individual injury from the shock. Check all uncovered wires for fraying or worn casing and change the damaged wire right away. All outlets need to be inspected for signs of overheating. The utility panel should be checked for loose wires as well as have the panels breakers changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended rules.

4. Building Exterior

The exterior of the majority of facilities are in general low up-keep except for windows as well as entrance openings. Inspect these doorways for water or air leaks and plug with every-weather silicone caulk. Additionally it is a good idea to inspect the outside surface for paint peeling or erosion, which is very frequently the first sign it needs a fresh coat of paint immediately.

5. Roof Rules

The roof of the building offers protection from the weather as well as falling tree branches plus debris. Based on the roofing material it should be checked two times annually for impairment or else excess wear, which can cause leakage. Flat or rolled roofing should be checked for cracks and be repaired by applying tar correctly. Metal roofs have to be checked for frost damage, seams caulked as well as substitute sheets installed. Composite shingle roofs needs to be inspected for absent shingles or brittle, weak shingles and replaced accordingly.

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