We all know the feeling of having a million and one things to do at work, not being able to see the wood for the trees and drowning in post it notes. If you are anything like us, ‘To Do Lists’ can help focus the mind and better organise your time. So, we thought we’d use our years of experience to create a planned maintenance checklist to help you ensure all aspects of your building are running smoothly for the entire year.
Plumbing systems should be checked annually, paying close attention to any leaks or odd noises.
- Lubricate water boosters and circulation pump systems annually.
- Check for signs of leaks, including moisture, mould, mildew and water spots.
- Look for corrosion on plumbing pipes, as well as signs of limescale.
- Check your buildings water pressure, it should be between 80psi and 40psi.
- Check and replace all safety and shutoff valves.
- Water heater temperature needs to be checked to ensure energy efficiency.
- Drains need to be checked to ensure water is running through them efficiently, this can be done using a drain camera. This will also reveal any issues within the pipes that might have appeared, including cracks. Any slow drains or clogged drains should be hydro-jetted or power rodded to clear the debris.
- Annual backflow testing must be carried out in order to stop water from flowing backwards, which can lead to contamination.
Roofs should be inspected at least twice a year, and after any severe weather conditions, such as storms or freezes. Create a roofing file for each of your buildings, including any warranty information you may have.
- Clear roof drains of any debris, as well as ensuring the drains are fixed correctly to the roof/wall.
- Check for any damage around the roof, including sections that have been previously repaired.
- Look for buckled, deformed or missing shingles.
- Replace any missing or cracked roof tiles.
- Check and fix any roof-to-wall connections.
- Look for signs of flashing including cracked caulk and rust spots.
- Check any chimney stacks, looking for damage.
- Look for corrosion on metal roofs, often caused by rooftop HVAC unit condensation.
- Carry out a moisture survey every 5 years to help detect and prevent wet insulation and leaks.
- Internally –
- Look for signs of leaking (dark stains and discolouration are indicators) and fix immediately.
- Mould, rot and mildew in the ceiling can indicate severe internal leaks, which can lead to structural issues.
Regular checking of your heating and cooling equipment (at least twice a year) will ensure that the systems run smoothly and energy efficiently, making a pleasant working environment for you and your staff.
- Lubricate pumps annually, inspecting couplings and checking for leaks.
- Check electrical connections.
- Inspect heat exchanger.
- Check operation of fan and blower motor.
- Check for adequate air flow.
- Inspect ignition and burner assembly.
- Clean and replace air filters regularly (depending on the model some need replacing every 1 month, whilst others can last 3 -6 months).
- Check conditions of belts and pulleys, replace if needed.
- Condenser and evaporator coils should be cleaned using a coil cleaner.
- To ensure energy efficiency, inspect the settings of the system, including the compressor, refrigerant charge and thermal expansion valve.
- Check thermostat operation and other controls.
- Clear drain lines and pans.
- If you have an economizer check the dampers. They can malfunction if they become corroded or jammed with debris.
- Check all the systems moving parts, ensuring they are working properly and lubricate if necessary.
At MSL, we can ensure that your entire planned maintenance checklist is created and carried out by our highly skilled and professional team, giving you peace of mind and more time to concentrate on other aspects of your business. Please call us today on 0333 1234450.