Be Summer Ready
There are plenty of ways to prepare for the warmer months and its impact on your business. Here is a checklist of the most critical steps that you should be taking to be sure your budiling is summer ready.
Don’t just assume that because you performed inspections prior to the onset of winter that you’re fine until next fall! Issues could develop from something minor, like a moldy run, into something major, like indoor air quality that is severely compromised by the presence of mold spores.
If you haven’t done so already, you still have time to think about these few quick tips:
- Look for any obvious signs of water damage from snow/ice or heavy spring rains to the building’s exterior and make any necessary repairs now.
- Inspect indoor spaces, particularly basements and areas closest to the roof, for mold or wear and damage.
- Gather and remove any old foliage or leaves from fall or spring blooms that have accumulated around your building’s exterior.
- Have HVAC maintenance performed for an easy switch from heating to air conditioning.
- Check your indoor air quality with a professional assessment.
Still Shaking Off Old Man Winter?
Your roof and its interior component, the ceiling, are critical to employee and equipment safety and longevity. When your roof fails, it can damage the ceiling inside and everything that was being protected by it. Even the sturdiest of roofs can experience compromising damage from ice dams (the build-up of heavy and thick ice) during the winter, which can become problematic when the ice melts and there’s a leak!
From mold development to the potential for water damaging your computers and machinery, a leaky roof can cost a lot of money, time, and productivity. Catching and fixing the issue early is your best option.
Purging the Fall
While accumulated leaves on the roof, in your building’s gutters, and around the bases of your landscaping may not seem like anything but a cosmetic issue, in fact, old leaves and plant material can pose a substantial risk to your building.
These dead and decaying plants and leaves can promote and hide the growth of mold and other unwanted fungus on your grounds or roof. This applies to any spring flower blooms that have fallen from the trees as the season changes too, so don’t forget those! They can also become quite heavy when saturated with water, causing issues from torn awnings over windows to blockages in the gutters that result in overflows. Don’t ignore it; clear it and have it hauled away.
Freshen Up Your HVAC
Most people understand the importance of having a building’s HVAC system inspected and cared for prior to the beginning of the winter. After all, one of the most important functions of an HVAC system is the production and distribution of heat during cold winter months.
However, after those months of heavy use and wear, your HVAC system may need a little tune up. From failing blower fans to worn bearings, there are a lot of minor issues that can crop up as the systems switch from heat to cooling and prevent your HVAC system from operating optimally when it’s needed on those hot summer daysDon’t wait until a problem actually arises to have it inspected and tuned up!
Take a Deep Breath
Indoor air quality can change rapidly, which is why it’s important to have indoor air quality regularly assessed. From the accumulation of dust and other human-created detritus to the spores of mold that may have started to grow as the weather is getting warmer, there are many factors that can decrease the quality of the air within your building. That air quality, in turn, can impact employee performance and health.
Because mold can grow in hidden places where your cleaning crews and staff might not see it, the best way to ensure that your business is clean and healthy for everyone is to have the air professionally tested. If there’s mold or spores, a professional air quality assessment is the fastest way to find out and take action.