With outdoor temperatures rising, it is even more important than usual for building owners to make sure they are taking the right steps to maintain their property. Taking care of a building in warm weather is important to ensure the comfort and safety of occupants, as well as to maintain the building’s integrity. We have compiled some tips on how to take care of a building during warm weather.
- Inspect and clean the building’s exterior, including walls, roof, and windows, for any signs of damage, wear, or leaks that may have been caused by extreme heat or sun exposure.
- Check and clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage and prevent water damage, especially during periods of heavy rainfall or thunderstorms.
- Inspect and repair any cracks or gaps in the building’s foundation, walls, and sidewalks that may have expanded due to heat or dryness.
- Trim trees, shrubs, and bushes away from the building to prevent overgrowth and potential damage to the structure, and to allow for proper air circulation and shading.
- Check and clean HVAC outdoor units, including coils and fins, to remove any debris or obstructions that may have accumulated during warm weather, and schedule professional maintenance or repairs as needed.
- Check and repair any damaged or worn roofing materials, such as shingles or tiles, that may have been affected by prolonged sun exposure.
- Inspect and clean HVAC systems, including air filters, coils, and vents, and ensure proper functioning to maintain optimal indoor air quality and energy efficiency during warm weather.
- Test and adjust thermostats to ensure proper temperature control and energy savings, and consider implementing energy-saving measures, such as programmable thermostats or shading devices.
- Check and clean all interior lighting fixtures, replace bulbs as needed, and ensure proper functionality.
- Inspect and test emergency exit signs and lighting to ensure compliance with safety regulations and to maintain visibility during emergencies.
- Check and repair any plumbing leaks or dripping faucets that may have been exacerbated by increased water usage during hot weather.
- Ensure proper insulation and weather stripping on doors and windows to prevent air leaks and reduce cooling costs.
- Review and update emergency preparedness plans, including heat-related safety measures, such as providing adequate ventilation, shading, and hydration for occupants.
Luckily, here at York, we have both a landscaping and maintenance division that can handle all these needs and more for you.
Give our landscaping team a call today (919-835-2113) or contact our maintenance division (919-863-8068) for more information.