Building Maintenance: Tips for Keeping Your Commercial Space Looking Great
If you have a commercial space, you’ll want to do everything you can do make your business presentable to the public. There are several maintenance tips that you can follow to ensure that potential customers are getting the best impression of your company. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind.
Prevent Electrical Issues
It’s important to keep track of all the amps you have in your building. Most breakers are 20 amp, and if you’re not sure what yours are, contact the building maintenance professional for your building. You’ll need to add all the amps requires for every electrical device you’re plugging in and making sure that it’s not more than 20 amps. The amps that are used by your devices can usually be found on the bottom or side of your electrical item. You can also find this information in the owner’s manual. Keep in mind that microwaves and space heaters use 14 amps, and if you have more than one on a breaker, you’ll likely to blow a fuse.
Reduce the Risk of Fires
You can avoid fires at your place of business by following the proper practices for fire safety. Be aware of potential fire hazards and keep them out of your commercial space. You should also check your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries annually. Smoke detectors sense abnormal amounts of smoke or harmful gases in the air, and these should be installed in each floor. The smoke detectors should also be up to state or county code. The detectors should also labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Manual (FM).
Maintain Your Generator
The moving parts of your generator should be kept intact at all times. When the parts aren’t moving, especially in generators that are new, air can get into the unit injector solenoid. If you have emergency generators, start them up weekly for about five minutes and do a transfer load test every month. A full load test should be conducted on the generators yearly.
Keep a Maintenance Checklist
It’s also important to keep a list of all the things you need to check on a regular basis when it comes to the condition of your building.
Check the fire alarm often and test the sprinkler system to make sure everything is in working order. Have a professional check your water pump, as well as the domestic water circulating pumps to make sure they are properly lubricated. If you have parking gates or garages, these should be well lubricated and connected to the right circuits at all times. Professionals should also winterize your pipes so that your pipes won’t freeze during the harsh winter months. Your HVAC system should also in proper working order. Get the filters replaced as necessary, and have the coils cleaned. Your evaporator and condenser should be changed regularly and your amp and ohm motor should be testing regularly as well.
These tips will help to increase the chances that your commercial space allows you to successfully conduct business each day and properly accommodate customers.