|BUILDING MAINTENANCE TIPS|
Building Maintenance Tips
Having a building maintenance plan can make a huge difference. And, fortunately, performing proper building maintenance does not require a lot of specialized know-how or training, nor does it require a lot of time or money. The following are some of the ways of dealing with certain elements in a building. ENJOY!
Water leaking from your toilet tank will not only cost you money when it comes to your utility bill, but it can also cause water damage to your bathroom floor and premature wear of you toilet’s internal workings.
There is nothing more frustrating than turning on the hot water in your shower and instead receiving cold water. Geysers, like other appliances, need maintenance to increase longevity and reduce the possibility of damage.
Water has sediment suspended in it, and as the water sits in your water heater, these particles will often settle to the bottom of the tank, causing damage to the floor of your Geyser. At least once per year, drain the water from your water heater and clean the inside surface of its floor
In order to keep water flowing freely through your pipes, keep the following things in mind:
4. Air Conditioning
Air conditioners are among the most overlooked applianceswhen it comes to performing regular building maintenance. However, they can be one of the most costly appliances to repair.
Regularly inspect the condensation hose to make sure that water can flow freely from the line. If there is standing water where your condensation line drains, create a drainage path using a small garden trowel and line the path with gravel to keep moldand algae from forming, which can be a serious health hazard when the spores are drawn into the appliance and blown into your home.
You can easily give your building a facelift by repainting. However, repainting the entire building can be costly. You can save both time and money by strategically touching up your paint job every so often. The first thing you need is a spot-on color match. The only way to get this is to save paint from your current paint job for future touch-ups. If you have leftover paint, simply roll the paint over the dirty spots on your walls. When the paint dries, it will dry perfectly, leaving you with a wall that looks as though you just painted it.
While gutters may go practically unnoticed when you look at your building, they are the main line of defense between your foundation and siding and the elements. Gutters are designed to capture water and debris runoff from your roof and divert it away from your foundation, and one of the main causes of water accumulation in basements is a lack of gutter maintenance and proper water diversion.
Clean your gutters at least once per year by physically removing debris from the channels and rinsing them thoroughly by using a garden hose. Avoid installing gutter guards – not only do these not adequately prevent debris from entering your gutters, they also make it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to properly clean your gutter system.
Also, be sure to regularly check that your gutters are properly affixed to your fascia boards, and replace any sections that appear to be damaged or leaking.
Periodically check your roof for damage. Damaged, discolored, or gravel-less shingles should be quickly replaced to prevent the need to replace your roof, water-damaged trusses, or drywall when you finally discover a leak. During the inspection of your roof, pay special attention to shingles that surround skylights, vents, and chimneys, as these areas are the most leak-prone.
Summer Maintenance Checklist
Summer is a great time to focus on the exterior of your building.
As a general tip, keeping your refrigerator full uses less energy than trying to cool when it’s empty. Therefore, keep as many items in your refrigerator as possible to help reduce energy costs.