Building Maintenance
for small Businesses

Regular building maintenance is essential for proper operation and safety. It can also help you save money in the long run by making you aware of small problems before they become bigger and more expensive to fix. If you know maintenance is important but you aren’t sure where to start, here are some of the major building systems you should check regularly.

Common Maintenance Areas

Air Conditioning / Heating

Keeping your air conditioner and heating system maintained is a great way to make sure it doesn’t break down when you need it most. Well-maintained HVAC systems will operate more efficiently than those that are not serviced on a regular basis. Aim to have your system inspected at least twice a year. Don’t forget to have air filters changed at least once every one to three months.

Fire Protection Systems

It is recommended that visual inspections be performed quarterly on automatic fire sprinkler systems. Make sure all inspections, repairs and maintenance services are documented and filed. Always maintain access to and around the fire sprinkler riser so that it can be quickly serviced and inspected as needed. Regular fire sprinkler service should be arranged at least once per year, as well as all fire alarm systems.

Roof Management

When roofing fails unexpectedly, fixing it can put a huge strain on your business finances. Save yourself the financial stress by implementing a roof asset management program. This program should include twice annual roof inspections (or more often, if you live in an area with frequent severe storms). Make sure all flashings and roof-to-wall connections are thoroughly sealed.

Planned Maintenance Program

Having all your major building systems checked regularly is a necessary part of business ownership. To maximize safety and keep your building operating properly, implement a maintenance schedule for all the major systems in your building. If possible, schedule automatic, recurring maintenance services so you don’t have to try and remember when each of your building’s systems needs to be maintained.