WINTER FACILITY MANAGEMENT CHECKLIST
OUR TOP 10 TIPS TO GET YOUR FACILITY READY FOR WINTRY WEATHER
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INSPECT THE PLUMBING
With dropping temperatures comes the risk of leaky or broken pipes. As such, it is essential to be proactive and address any pipe issues before winter. First, inspect your facility’s pipes for any weak spots. Then, to protect your pipes further, install a pipe wrapping system or an on-pipe heating system.
To winterize your facility’s irrigation system, begin by turning off the water supply. Next, address any pumps or backflow devices. Lastly, blow the remaining water out of the system zone by zone, starting with the last irrigation line.
AUTOMATE WATER SHUT OFFS
Occasionally, winter’s freezing temperatures can cause facility water system leaks and even flooding. Fortunately, you can install an automatic shutoff valve as an extra layer of protection. These valves stop floods before they happen and will alert you of any detected leaks or broken pipes.
SERVICE THE FURNACE
Before calling an HVAC company, there are some essential furnace checks your facilities management team can perform before winter. For example, they can check and replace any air filters, ensure pilot lights are on, and check all thermostat controls. It can also be helpful to have an HVAC professional perform yearly inspections to keep your system working safely.
CLEAN OUT GUTTERS AND SPOUTS
Unexpected snowfall can cause extensive damage to drainage systems. By clearing out gutter and spout buildup, you can prevent flooding and other issues. After cleaning out buildup, it’s also essential to inspect for any leaks and cracks that need repair.
CARE FOR YOUR TREES
Want your trees to look great after the cold season passes? Take these foliage precautions before winter. Prune branches on younger trees to prevent them from tangling. In addition, mulching the base of your trees will insulate them from harsh weather and help them retain water more efficiently.
CLEAR VENTS AND CHIMNEYS
Before you start heating your facilities, it’s important to clear out any dust buildup that has accumulated during the year. Not only does this reduce the risk of fires or blockage, but it also promotes overall healthy air quality in your building.
CHECK YOUR ROOFS
It is important to get a roof inspection before winter weather sets in. Some of the major items your facilities management team should check for include drainage systems, flashings, signs of moisture infiltration, or faulting roofing seams.
TEST YOUR BACKUP GENERATOR & EMERGENCY LIGHTING SYSTEMS
Winter storms are notorious for causing power outages. Avoid hiccups in your facility’s operations by taking necessary precautions. First, start by testing your backup generator’s transfer switch and load bank. Next, check your emergency light system to ensure the lights remain at the same brightness and that all bulbs are working.
EXAMINE OUTDOOR MACHINERY AND VEHICLES
Ensure your facility’s utility vehicles, snowblowers, snow brooms, and other winter machinery are prepared for the colder months ahead. Pull each piece from storage and ensure all equipment has enough gas, necessary fluids are changed or topped off and make any needed repairs.