As spring begins, residential homeowners turn to thoughts of gardening, home improvement and spring cleaning. For commercial property owners, spring should bring a checklist of important annual maintenance items, from landscaping cleanup, floor and carpet cleaning to HVAC checkups.
Being proactive about maintaining your commercial property prevents further damage, saving companies time and money throughout the year. Keeping careful records can also help with insurance claims, as many insurance companies can use improper maintenance as a way to reduce liability or not pay a claim.
Harsh winter conditions can often cause stress to commercial structures. Spring maintenance is beneficial in allowing a commercial property to get ready for summer and to repair any damage that may have been done by winter storms. We recommend five key areas that should be on your spring maintenance checklist.
- Roof and Exterior
Winds, rain and snow can offer significant wear to buildings and speed the aging process. When inspecting the roof and exterior, look for:
- Chipped paint
- Damaged siding or masonry
- Broken, cracked or leaking windows
- Foundation cracks
- Roof blow-offs
- Roof leaks
- Clogged gutters or other drainage issues
We recommend taking photographs of any items prior to repair and writing a detailed description to accompany the photos for your reporting.
Accumulating ice and snow, as well as strong rain and winds, can break plants and limbs, particularly on boxwoods, small shrubs or ornamental trees. Snow shoveling and plowing, along with large rain runoffs, can damage landscaping as well. Trim broken limbs and clean up debris, then prune back the plants in preparation for spring growth. This would also be a good time to mulch, expanding beds around mature trees gradually
- Irrigation System
While spring typically brings more rain, the dry summer season means that existing irrigation systems need to be ready for use. Freezing weather can damage components of irrigation systems, so spring is a great time to inspect the irrigation system to make sure it is properly drained and ready to operate.
Increased rainfall in the spring can cause drainage issues on commercial property areas that have been damaged during the winter months. One of the first steps on a property manager check list should be to walk the property to note any standing water or leakage from roofs and gutters.
If gutters are clogged, water can pond against the building foundation and erode planting areas and cause issues in the basement. Unresolved, long-term issues can create bigger issues like foundation erosion, so the use of catch basins or gravel-filled drains to redirect water can help prevent water backup.
- Mechanical Systems
As spring brings a rise in temperatures, a key component of a preventive maintenance plan should include a HVAC company inspect of all air conditioning units to ensure proper working condition before the hot summer months.
Other important maintenance items to also review include:
- Replacement of air filters
- Flushing of water heaters
- Inspection of sprinkler/fire suppression system
- Status check of carbon monoxide detectors
As you create your maintenance report, note items that may need repair while also considering using our maintenance team to assist with updates. Our team handles a variety of maintenance services, including:
- Foundation repairs
- Wall and ceiling patching
- Painting, drywall, insulation and millwork
- HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical repair
To learn more about how we can assist you with spring maintenance, contact us at (800) 580-6499 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will schedule an in-depth consultation and present you with options that meet your needs, budget and timeline.