At the beginning of the school year, the building opens for hundreds of students and staff ready to join the new year. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and wonder where to start with maintenance when playing catch up from the summer.
Instead of waiting until the doors open, maintenance and facility staff can begin their work in the summer – and get a jump start on things that didn’t get finished the year before. Here is a back-to-school checklist of things to work on and inspect before the bell rings in September.
5 Areas to Assess for School Maintenance
- Check the HVAC Systems.
- Is the heating and ventilation system ready to go? Cold weather is around the corner, and the heating unit needs to be working properly and at peak performance. Check the boiler for leaks, corrosion or rust, and create a weekly, monthly, and yearly schedule for regular maintenance
- Look at fans and vents for loose nuts and bolts, and listen for any strange sounds that may indicate loose parts. Make sure exhaust fans for proper airflow.
- Replace the filters with new, clean filters. Clean filters not only provide clean airflow, but will also increase efficiency of the HVAC unit.
- Check the alarm systems.
- Safety of students and staff is the most important job of any person in the school. A yearly check of alarm and safety systems is necessary. Make sure to properly document all testing and results.
- Test fire alarms including smoke detectors. Replace batteries and light bulbs if necessary. If possible, contact your local fire department to complete testing.
- Make sure all extinguishers are filled and in proper working order. Take inventory of the units and make sure they are all tagged appropriately with the date they were last serviced.
- Test emergency exit lights and replace any bulbs if needed.
- Look at the plumbing.
- Check the buildings plumbing before students and staff arrive. It’s been sitting unused for the majority of the summer.
- Check water heaters. Look at gauges and verify water temperatures are not too hot.
- Make sure all heaters are in good working order with no leaks.
- Test showers in locker rooms, sinks, and all toilets. If they’ve been unused for months, it is vital to test before slews of students begin using the pipes on a regular basis.
- Check the cafeteria.
- Check the stoves and gas/electric lines for leaks. Make sure everything is working properly and call in a professional if needed.
- Check fridges and freezers for proper temperatures. Make sure that doors and hinges close securely.
- Inspect the roof for any loose shingles or holes and call in a professional if necessary to repair the issues.
Need a Quick Fix?
If you notice damage due to water or areas that need repairing, let us know. At Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration, we have a team devoted to commercial restoration. Call us today for a free walk through and see how we can help get your school ready for the return of students, staff, and faculty.