Signs of fall are everywhere. Football is starting up again, apple picking is right around the corner, and scarves and jackets are making their way to the front of our closets. It also means that the holiday season is right around the corner, and soon your community will experience its annual rush of families looking to visit loved ones.
The start of fall also means some changes in maintenance schedules to ensure that everything in a community is running smoothly. Avoid equipment downtime, maximize asset efficiency and contain costs when you implement these critical maintenance activities for your building.
A little now will do a lot to ensure your residents keep warm and comfortable during the long heating season and your system is ready for those grueling cold snaps.
- Inspect ignition and burner assembly, fan and blower motors, belts and pulleys, and electrical engines for any signs of wear and tear
- Make sure drain lines and pans are clean
- Inspect heat exchanger
- Replace filters and lubricate parts
Grease Trap Cleaning
There’s nothing glamorous about it, but this as-needed task needs to be done. Blocked, clogged or improperly cleaned grease traps can cause maintenance costs to soar and resident and staff satisfaction to suffer.
- Reference your workbook to determine your last cleaning and when you’ll most likely need another one
- Perform a systems test to ensure all waste water is flowing properly
- Schedule your next grease trap cleaning to remove the built-up waste from spring and summer
Mixing Valve Inspection
Your residents rely on you to help keep them safe. One of the most important ways is a semiannual mixing valve inspection to prevent against scalds and burns.
- Disassemble and perform a deep clean
- Measure and record hot and cold water temperatures at full flow and ¼ flow
- Record the test results and any recommended actions in report
- If not functioning properly, perform or schedule a calibration to ensure all parts are working in order and are providing the desired temperature
Performing these maintenance tasks can help ensure your community runs smoothly throughout the upcoming fall season and beyond and can help you avoid costly emergency service visits that all too often plague the industry. When you don’t have the time, the staffing or simply don’t want the headache, TELS® can help you schedule these maintenance tasks and cross them off your to-do list.
TELS Building Services combines years of industry experience and a trusted network of quality service providers to help you get more done. We realize that resident wellness is your top priority; that’s why we want to help you tackle your daily maintenance challenges. From dispatch and projects to service emergencies, you can rely on our licensed, trained network of technicians for:
- 24/7/365 maintenance service and support
- Emergency equipment rentals (call for availability)
- A 30-minute cap on travel time for technicians, 15-minute billing increments and, most importantly, no emergency fees
We know that it can be tough to make the leap and schedule service with a new company for the first time. Even if you “have a guy” or can do it yourself, we’re here to support your maintenance needs in any way we can.