Four Spring Maintenance Must Do’s for 2020

Posted on March 13th, 2020 by Mariel Nowack

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We’re keeping it brief this week with four must-do’s to include on your spring maintenance checklist. Now that winter is over, us maintenance folks have even more on our plate to get done. Here’s where we should be focused: landscaping, spring cleaning, and filter changes / indoor air quality. This year we also have a special mention regarding covid-19.

Read on and reach out if you want to learn more!

Spring Maintenance Must Do's

Landscaping

Landscaping maintenance is an inevitable budget line item, just like snow removal! The difference is that landscaping is a lot more predictable. The lawn is going to get cut on a regular schedule and aside from a rain delay, the weather isn’t going to change that.

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to develop a scope of work, get pricing, and put a contract in place. If you don’t have one in place yet, make sure you have a signed contract by April 1st. Don’t be the fool that’s scrambling to find help at the last minute.

Ideally, you want to put the work out to bid to make sure the contract price is fair. Click here for our best advice on running a successful landscaping RFP.

Spring Cleaning

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a good old fashioned spring cleaning. Our next spring maintenance tip is After months of indoor containment, the building could use a deep clean. Upholstery should be washed, hard to reach areas should be dusted, and carpets and floors need a good scrub. Take a look at your cleaning contract and make sure all of these tasks are included in the scope of work. Save the window washing for after pollen season is over.

Don’t waste your efforts cleaning without following up with this next must -do.

Filter Changes & Indoor Air Quality Control

Admittedly, it’s nice to open our windows when the weather is mild and the temperature is roughly the same indoors and out. (Think 68/70 degrees with no humidity). However, this can create a load on the HVAC system when the windows close back up and the thermostats want to get back to temperature. It can be especially hard for systems if filters have not been changed or the annual service hasn’t been done. We’re here to remind you today to

  1. Change your filters AND
  2. Have your units serviced.

That’s the only way to maintain high efficiency in your HVAC system. If you’re getting stale air it’s because your systems are not taking in enough outdoor air or the systems aren’t filtering the air well. As much as opening up the windows will feel nice, it’s not a long term fix. So, change those filters and service your mechanical systems.

Covid-19

In the past, we’ve provided a general checklist of to-do’s to check off your spring maintenance checklist. We’re specifically addressing this emerging public health threat this year because, well, it’s on everyone’s mind. Here’s what facility managers are doing to prevent infection within buildings.

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting frequency.
  • Implemented emergency preparedness plans for infectious disease control.
  • Cancelled large public gatherings and events.
  • Discouraged travel to high risk areas and encouraged self-quarantine for high risk individuals.

We are offering a special mobile room sanitizing and disinfection service powered by Spectra 254 UVC technology. Read more below and give us a call to learn more and schedule an appointment for decontamination.

Follow these steps and more from CDC – the most reliable source of information and resources.


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