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Failing to plan is planning to fail, right?
No matter what you’re doing, thinking ahead, and making a plan helps ensure that everything runs smoothly. Especially when it comes to building maintenance!
Indeed, some industries spend 30 hours a week on scheduled maintenance tasks alone.
There’s just a huge amount of work required to keep a building safe, clean, and functional. Having a plan is essential to ensuring each task gets done and malfunctions are avoided.
Looking for a building maintenance checklist to help? Keep reading!
Check for Internal and External Damage
Buildings deteriorate in any number of ways. It’s your job to inspect it on a regular basis for tell-tale signs of wear and tear. Then, of course, set about rectifying any problems!
An elevator out of order, for example, needs immediate attention. The same applies to damage to floors and ceilings, broken locks and windows, plumbing problems, and pest infestations.
Check the Presence and Functionality of Safety Measures
The safety measures in your building (especially commercial ones) are, of course, all-important.
Make sure you’ve inspected the measures you have in place to ensure they’re both present and function as intended. That might mean performing tests of fire and carbon monoxide alarms, checking the fire-exit signs are obvious, and that all PPE is readily available. More on this next.
Check the Presence of PPE
All buildings must have appropriate PPE to help protect its occupants in the case of an emergency. Make sure you verify that the right PPE (and enough of it) is in place for that purpose.
Check that you’ve got well-stocked first-aid kits, full fire-extinguishers, and anything else that’s specific to the hazards in your building. Examples might include high-vis jackets, hard hats, harnesses, and so on.
Check the Plumbing System
Don’t forget the plumbing! The last thing you need is a problem with your pipes, heating system, toilets, and/or drains on your hands. They’re costly to fix and cause serious damage to boot.
As always, prevention is better than cure. Set about inspecting the building for leaks, listening out for odd noises, and checking for signs of wear. If you’re not an expert in this area, consider organizing periodic inspections for a professional plumber.
Check the HVAC System
Checking and servicing the HVAC system can save endless future hassle too.
Clean the intake and filter as per the manual’s guidelines. Test it for effectiveness and keep an eye on your utility bills for signs of inefficiency. If the energy bill’s going up, then you might have an issue.
Once again, consider getting a professional service at regular intervals to ensure the HVAC functions at full capacity when you need it.
Remember This Building Maintenance Checklist
A huge amount of work goes into keeping a building in good condition. The list of essential jobs that need doing can seem endless sometimes!
That’s why having a building maintenance checklist can be so helpful. It means you can plan ahead and keep better track of what’s left to do. The result?
You have a better chance of preventing its deterioration.
Hopefully, the tips in this post will help you do exactly that. Want to read more articles like this one? Search ‘maintenance’ on the website now.