As the nice weather arrives, many people will take advantage of a little spring cleaning. This is also a good time to think about building maintenance for your commercial property during this seasonal change. Performing the post-winter tasks noted below can help extend the life of your building and its surroundings, while keeping it more comfortable and attractive for occupants and visitors.
Garage Wash Down - There are few things more damaging to your parking structure than the de-icing salts and snow that cars bring in during the winter months. The condition of your garage is often the first impression a client has of your property and should be maintained regularly. A post-winter wash down to rid the garage of salts, dirt, and other debris will help to prevent concrete deterioration and make the garage a tidier space. As part of your annual wash down, check drains to be sure they are clean and functioning properly. Look for and address any damage that may have occurred as a result of snow, de-icer, and snowplows. For more details about the damaging effects of salts on parking structures, visit our blog on parking garage slab deterioration.
Annual Roof Anchor Inspection - The International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) recommends annual visual examination of certified roof anchors. Scheduling this annual process earlier in the spring is a great opportunity to start the window cleaning process before peak season. Additionally, this visual observation will also provide a chance to look for roof damage caused by winter storms, clogged roof drains, and other issues that may have been covered with snow during the past few months. The ECS blog provides you with an opportunity to also read more here about window cleaning safety and roof anchor certifications.
Parking Lot/ Pavement Maintenance - Like parking structures, parking lots are used hard in the winter. A combination of de-icing salts, freezing water, and snow plows can be very damaging to pavement. Take a moment to walk your parking lot to look for damaged, and make arrangements to clear storm drains and reseal newly-formed potholes.
A little annual maintenance can go a long way towards preventing future repair costs and extending the life of your structure.
For more information about these and other post-winter maintenance options, contact ECS Senior Facilities Project Manager Alexis Herr, P.E.