Every building deals with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. It is inevitable that appliances and other building items will break.
If you do not plan ahead, these costly repairs can have a serious impact on your building’s budget and reserves.
However, forgoing preventative maintenance can lead to expensive failures and repairs.
Read on to learn how to build a building maintenance schedule. Explore this year-round guide to learn what maintenance tasks are important and should be routinely completed.
Winter is perhaps the costliest time of year for buildings. The cold weather comes in and tends to wreak havoc on appliances, roofs, and plumbing.
On the exterior, you should be regularly inspecting the roof and any gutters. Make sure that ice dams are not forming on either one. If water is not properly running off, your roof is increasingly vulnerable to costly leaks.
Frozen pipes are another issue that plagues property owners. You need to take preventative steps to avoid frozen pipes on both the exterior and interior of the building.
This can be achieved by shutting off outdoor faucets before cold weather hits. Also, you should insulate pipes where it makes sense. Another tip is to keep water flowing through pipes with a steady drip.
Fall is the perfect time of year to service your major appliances like the hot water heater and HVAC system. Clean systems will lower your utility bills and reduce the risk of a costly failure.
On the exterior, you should blow out sprinklers. In addition, remove all leaves and other debris from the property.
This is also a great time to check for drafts. Before it gets too cold, any gaps in windows and exterior doors can be addressed to improve the energy efficiency of the building.
Spring and Summer
There are a number of appliances that need servicing at this time. For starters, you should drain or flush the hot water heater.
This is also a great time to get any air ducts serviced to remove dirt and dust.
Building Maintenance Schedules Are Critical
This is not an all-inclusive list by any means. There are many more tasks to complete to prevent costly repairs and keep the building in good operating condition.
Many building HOAs hire property managers because routine maintenance can be overwhelming. If you want to learn more about building maintenance schedules, contact us today for assistance.