In order for a business to run smoothly, it is important that, as a business owner, you look at the bigger picture, not just the day to day minutiae of running a company. The same is true when it comes to the maintenance of your facility. Incorporating a comprehensive planned maintenance schedule which ensures that all relevant maintenance tasks are completed at the right time, in the right order and correctly, means that your business will run well all year round, with no significant and costly downtimes.
To guarantee this smooth running, certain maintenance tasks need to be performed at key times during the year. From winter proofing through to exterior works in the summer, this article will look at the best times of year to perform your planned maintenance tasks:
A/C Maintenance –
Inspecting, cleaning and repairing your A/C unit is essential during the spring as it will be put to the test during the summer months so needs to run as smoothly as possible during that season. A/C maintenance should include:
- Cleaning and changing air filters
- Checking blower motors
- Cleaning all parts of the unit, including the condenser coil
- Checking the drainage of the condensate drain pan
- Securing any loose panels or guards
- Checking overall operation of the unit, and repair if needs be
Deep Clean –
After a long and bitter winter, a proper, deep clean is needed to be carried out to ensure that your facility is clean and hygienic for everyone in the premises.
Overall Inspection of The Building –
Winter is a season of extreme weather; snow, ice and torrential rain to name a few. These external factors can cause lots of damage to your property, including a multitude of hidden issues. As soon as spring has sprung, your entire facility should be checked both inside and out for damage, and any problems fixed asap.
Major Roofing and Exterior Works –
Summer is the perfect time to undertake any roofing or exterior works as you won’t be hampered by any bad weather (we hope!). Works to consider in this season are:
- Roof repairs such as replacing broken tiles or fixing cracks and gaps. Or you may want to consider a complete roof replacement if the damage is quite severe.
- Gutter/drain inspection – check and clear all external drainage systems to prevent flooding or burst pipes during other seasons.
- Windows/doors – examine external doors and windows, looking for gaps and cracks, and filling them in as appropriate.
Winter Proofing –
Use this season to prepare for the upcoming winter weather by winter proofing your business. This includes:
- Checking Heating and Water Systems – this includes checking the overall running of these systems, as well as ensuring the temperature is set at the correct amount for the winter months.
- Pipe Inspection – avoid your pipes bursting by paying attention to any damage or cracks before the cold hits.
- Snow Preparation – ensure you have suitable systems in place should extreme snow hit your facility, including snow shovels, de-icers and grit salts.
General internal and external maintenance –
Due to the severity of the weather during this season, all aspects of your facility, both internal and external, should be regularly checked, especially directly after a very severe bout of weather has occured. This will help reduce any issues, saving them from becoming bigger problems further down the line.
Following these seasonal maintenance tasks will help keep your business in the best possible shape all year round, ensuring it runs smoothly and profitably from January through to December, and limiting any unexpected repair costs that may have otherwise occurred.