Fall Building Maintenance Necessities
As the seasons change, it’s important to make sure your buildings are prepared for the next season beginning. It’s vital to be sure you’re on top of your building maintenance, but the fall and winter seasons can be especially brutal on buildings. Here are three of the most important maintenance tasks you must do to your building–whether house or industrial–as fall rolls around.
- Check the ground outside and inside.Cracks in the sidewalk can catch water, which will freeze and expand in the winter, causing bigger, more severe cracks. Be sure to apply protective coatings and sealants to your floors and concretes to be sure you’re keeping the water out of the hairline cracks in your concrete.
This floor maintenance can apply to your floors inside too! Always be sure you’re taking care of your floors, as they face the most wear and tear in your building.
- Clean your gutters.
Although it’s not the most enjoyable task, it’s important to remember to clean out your gutters with every season. In the fall, leaves and debris start to fall and get trapped in your gutter. The trapped debris causes backed up, trapped water. This water will build and freeze, causing you roof and gutter damage that will be a costly repair.
This manual maintenance for your gutters is often avoided and forgotten, but it is vital to the health of your roof.
- Check window and door seals.
Again, with every season, you want to be sure you’re checking your window and door seals for proper sealing. Check your caulking on the windows to be sure it’s still flexible and properly keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. Check the weatherstripping on doors for the same thing. The weather stripping should allow for no air to escape your building.
Checking your weather stripping and window caulking will keep bugs and moisture out, but will keep the heat of the warm air inside. This regular maintenance will save you from water damage and expensive energy bills.
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