Facility Management Tasks for Autumn and Winter
The summer is finally over, and the colder weather is approaching. When it comes to building maintenance and facility management, autumn and winter bring a whole new set of challenges - so it makes sense to be prepared. Without careful planning, the plummeting temperatures could present you with problems both inside the building, and around external areas.
We’ve rounded up our top five tasks to plan ahead for, to make sure you get through the colder months stress-free.
Check external lighting
The autumn and winter months bring less daylight and shorter days. You and your staff will find yourselves both arriving and leaving the workplace in the dark, so now is the time to get ahead with your external lighting.
Effective lighting reduces the risk of accidents and increases personal safety for staff and visitors - especially in large areas such as car parks. It also increases security, as good lighting acts as a deterrent for potential thieves. Check wiring and lamps, making sure you replace any broken components, and ensure timers, daylight and presence sensors are set correctly.
Carry out any roof and general external building maintenance
Your roof/building provides vital protection against the colder temperatures and inclement weather, so maintaining them is one of the most important facility management tasks on our list. It’s always better to address any potential issues while the weather is still reasonably good!
Loose or cracked tiles need attention, before they turn into much larger problems, and periodic gutter cleaning should ideally take place before the winter. Check downpipes for leaks or blockages. Look for gaps around window frames and inspect the surrounding sealant; any drafts or leaks should be eliminated with new seals or frames.
Tackle leaf removal
One of the most simple but necessary facility management tasks is the removal of fallen leaves. Allowing them to build up on ground surfaces in autumn and winter can be hazardous, and can become a trip/slip hazard. You will also find that if left unchecked, they can work their way into gutters and drains, causing blockages, obstructions and potential leaks. FSG are equipped to deal with all of these issues for you, utilising specialist cameras for hard to reach areas and debris removal equipment.
Plan for snow
Depending on where you are located in the UK, you might suffer heavy snowfall during the winter, so it’s best to be prepared. Even if you’re not affected by snow, the plummeting temperatures can result in slippery surfaces and treacherous black ice if not treated - so take steps to ensure you’re equipped.
Make arrangements for clearance and removal services if heavy snow is forecast for your area, and ensure you’ve got access to a plentiful grit or rock salt supply.
Check air conditioning and heating units
Autumn and winter can bring on the battle of the thermostat in workplaces, so it’s essential to make sure both your heating and cooling systems are working properly. Maintaining an optimum temperature in the building will keep staff happy, comfortable and at their most productive - and it’ll help to keep viruses and bugs at bay.
Schedule regular checks throughout the colder months to make sure everything is in order, and you’re not left wearing coats indoors when the heating fails!