As Autumn starts making its appearance, there is still time for you to review your facility’s maintenance needs before the cold weather sets in. With the change in seasons, it’s a good idea for maintenance managers to make sure their facilities are ready for the challenges and weather concerns of winter.

From snow to cold temperatures, many winter certainties can create problems for your buildings. By having a maintenance plan and doing regular inspections, you can reduce costly repairs, avoid unnecessary breakdowns and keep your facility and the major building systems in good working condition.

We have compiled the best advice to keep your facility safe and secure for the winter months from routine pipe check ups to vehicle inspections to ensure your facility is winter-ready:

  1. Inspect Roofs and Gutters

Your roof and gutter system takes a serious beating in the colder season, and maintaining it should be the first on your list. In the fall leaves and debris can easily fill and clog gutters.

With rain and melting snow the water has nowhere to go and can cause rotting and a weakened roof structure. Wait until most of all the leaves are down and then start cleaning the gutters and remove any debris that is on the roof.

  1. Inspect Vehicles

Now is a good time to think about proper maintenance for your facility’s vehicles, trucks, and forklifts. During the freezing temperatures and snow your vehicle’s wear and tear increases. Your vehicle fall maintenance checklist must consist of the following:

  • Tire inspection
  • Battery Check
  • Brake Inspection
  • Coolant Check 
  1. Inspect Pipes

Routinely checking pipes for clogs and ensuring that the insulation is in good shape are two factors that can prevent pipe bursts. Check for leaking exterior faucets, as a leaking faucet can lead to severe plumbing issues during a freeze.

  1. HVAC

For your facility to function optimally the temperature will need to be maintained during the cooler months. This is a great time to inspect your HVAC systems.

Buildings need to be kept warm enough to keep people comfortable and products protected. Inspect and optimize your heating and cooling system to protect your facility from unnecessary outages and inflated heating costs.

This is a great time to change the air filter as regular filter changes can extend the life of units and reduce energy consumption. Also, look for worn or damaged parts and clean out accumulated dust or dirt.

  1. Get the correct entrance mats

Entrance mats keep dirt out of your facility and also reduce potential slip hazards in wet conditions. Ideally you should have one that starts for the outside of the entrance door and continue to the inside.

  1. Inspect doors and windows

Inspect exterior doors and windows for any gaps and seal. This keeps the warm air in the building and keeps water from entering.

If you plan ahead and manage the various concerning factors, much of the stress of winter can be removed. By following these simple tips, your business or organization will be well prepared, no matter what Mother Nature brings this winter.