Memorial Day Weekend, also known as the official start of summer, is upon us. This means sunshine, warmer temperatures, longer days AND some much-need attention for your commercial space. Maintaining the appearance of your building is critical to running your business, and something that can’t take a vacation.
Wintry conditions can wreak havoc on buildings both inside and out, so it’s crucial to give your building some TLC as we kick off the summer season.
Here are a few key reminders to get your commercial space ready for summer:
Schedule a deep clean.
A commercial cleaning company can get rid of the residual grime from the wintry months that NY and CT bring. The mud, dirt, salt, snow, and water tracked inside takes a toll on floors and furniture. To achieve a fresh, renewed look for the summer, it’s advisable to hire professional cleaners who can steam clean tile, carpeting and upholstery, and pay extra attention to windows, bathrooms, common spaces, etc. Remember that cold weather means extra precipitation tracked indoors onto your floors. When these areas are not properly cleaned, there is a potential for the growth of mold, which could lead to even bigger problems and more stress.
Check the roof for broken or damaged shingles.
Sudden and quick rainfall can happen frequently during the summer, so take a close look for any roof damage. Water can make its way into a building through deficits in the roof and can cause major issues for your commercial facility. A building’s roof must be entirely damage-free, otherwise, you run the risk of an unhealthy and unsafe environment for your employees and guests. Avoid the additional expense and hassle by being proactive and checking your roof!
Clean out the gutters.
Prevent any water blockage from flooding into your building and causing water damage or mold growth by clearing and cleaning out your gutters. This includes the removal of leaves, trash, and other debris.
Ensure the safety of walkways and parking lots.
If you run a commercial business like a restaurant or theater, you’ll likely enjoy increased crowds this summer. Winter can do major damage to concrete or asphalt, so it’s critical to inspect and repair your facility’s walkways and parking lots so that your guests are kept safe. Do regular walkthroughs of these highly trafficked common spaces and repair any large cracks or damages promptly. Also, make sure that outdoor lighting is working properly, keeping paths or parking lots well-lit and safe.
Pay extra attention to windows and ledges.
Over time, the seals around windows can wear away, allowing the chance for water and mold to grow inside. It can be very difficult to control mold once it starts growing, so be proactive about spotting damage and repairing window seals promptly.
Schedule plumbing and electrical inspections and maintenance.
Warmer, hotter days mean that water and electricity usage will increase. Regular inspections and maintenance for both these systems are an absolute necessity, especially when the temps continue to rise as the summer wages on.
Your thorough plumbing system inspection should check for leaks, chipped sealants, and unexpected odors that may be a sign of mold or mildew.
Even in a new building, do not let a small electrical problem turn into something big. While it’s common to have lighting issues because of electricity consumption, it is critical to check flickering lights, which may indicate faulty wiring that could turn into a fire.
Keep medical facilities in good health.
According to the CDC, the summer is a time of heightened risk, when picnicking, vacationing and other outdoor activities are happening all over the country. The CDC cites that there is a spike in both accidents and fatalities, particularly in July.
If you manage a medical facility such as a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office in NY and CT, extra diligence must be paid to ensure that your facility is well-maintained and clean to welcome patients. With COVID-19 protocols still in effect, make sure that you’re working with a commercial cleaning company near NY and CT that specializes in the highly sensitive cleaning and disinfection needs of medical facilities.
ABS is here for all your commercial cleaning, maintenance and repair needs all summer long!
Ensure that your employees and the guests that enter your facility are kept safe and comfortable all summer by partnering with a trusted and experienced partner who understands the importance of details and due diligence.
For over 50 years, we have helped clients all over the Tri-State area and nationwide keep their commercial facilities running and looking their best both in the summer months and all year round.
Reach out today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs this summer, and how we can help!