Spring is on the horizon, grass will soon be growing and flowers will begin to bloom. We know you're eager to throw open some windows and enjoy that warm weather, especially after such a blustery winter. Now is also a ripe opportunity to get a jumpstart on that annual overhaul of a chore: spring cleaning.
Sprucing up the house is a common ritual for homeowners come the season. Facility managers will want to do the same when the snow has melted and it's finally possible to do a thorough inspection of their buildings. Maintenance and safety checks will not only ensure the health of occupants through a rainy spring and into whatever heat summer brings, they'll also help make the facility look and operate better. With your facility geared up for spring, it will seem as if the bees are buzzing and the birds are chirping just for you!
Still, the question remains, where to start? A CMMS is a great tool for keeping track of all of your chores as well as the progress that staff has made in completing them. However, you still need a list to begin with. The Department of State has provided an annual building inspection list that reviews all aspects of a facility, from electrical systems to emergency evacuation routes. To keep it short, here are some of the most basic tasks you'll want to tackle in the coming months.
Organize your storage closet
It's always good to start your spring clean with an easy task. One of the easiest is to reorganize your storage closet. You probably won't have the need for rock salt or snow shovels anymore, so move them to the back and prioritize your spring essentials, such as pruners and grass seed. With your supplies organized, tackling the rest of your maintenance management chores should be a breeze.
Change your air filters
This task should be done monthly, but it's especially important that you do it after the winter, when dust has a tendency to build up as people stay shut in more. In addition to changing out your filters throughout the building, you should check for dust in your vents.
Your vents need to be inspected, but you should also make sure that all of your HVAC equipment is working properly. Air conditioning will become increasingly important in the coming months as temperatures rise.
Inspect the roof
Ice and snow can take their toll on the structural integrity of roofs. Their added weight may put strain on joists, or could melt and refreeze in cracks in the structure, worsening them in the process. Check for damage and any breaks in the seal and repair accordingly before the next rain.
Check for mold
Snow and ice eventually melt, and if you happen to have any leaks in your facility, there's a a possibility that you could have mold developing in moist areas. Leaks can also ruin your insulation, so it's essential to address them immediately.
Inspect the building envelope
While you're checking for leaks, now is a good time to make sure the rest of the building still maintains a proper seal. Check window frames and doors for air leaks and repair with caulk. Any cracks will result in more energy required to heat or cool your building, costing you more money.
The biggest winter fear is a frozen pipe, and while you may have made it through the season without any seeming incident, you may want to double-check to make sure everything is in working order. Check for pipe fissures, cracks in caulking or mildew buildup, which may have resulted from excessive condensation.