The harsh Summer temperatures present their own set of issues every Building Manager must deal with.
Going from mild to extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on building systems, costing you money, time and labor.
It makes sense to conduct a thorough Summer Maintenance to ensure your commercial building is equipped to handle the severe Summer temperatures.
Here are some things to look for:
- inspect the HVAC system – this goes without saying, but the last thing you want as a building manager is to have no AC in your building. You’ll be happy you invested the time in an efficient HVAC system that keeps your building cool while temps soar outside.
- test your irrigation system – Hot summer temperatures naturally mean you will use more water to keep your landscape properly watered. However, it’s a good idea to check for hidden water problems like poor drainage, pooling or overflooding to prevent additional damage to your grounds and your budget.
- check for storm damage – Spring rain can create damage in roof shingles and roof systems. Unchecked areas can be the perfect habitat for critters, not to mention leaks.
- Check your lighting -You can adjust your outdoor lighting times, as Summer days are typically longer.
- Check plumbing – as stated before, hot summer temperatures means more water being used. However, you don’t want a leak or broken septic line to be the reason your water bill is incredibly high! Also keep in mind – high and low temperatures can create shifting in soil, which can lead to broken septic systems. Handle plumbing issues quickly and immediately.
- Conduct routine maintenance and testing of your safety equipment – use this time test indoor sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, first aid kids, and fire safety kids. The hotter months mean a higher chance of fire. It’s also a good idea to review your building’s fire evacuation plan with employees.