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At Guarantee Restoration Services, we work with a lot of school districts that have a multitude of campuses. Therefore, as temperatures fall, we understand how very important it is that your facilities manager and staff are especially diligent in ground maintenance during colder months.

School grounds must be properly kept up on a routine and preventive basis. School grounds can be defined as the full extent of all school property, which includes school sites, the central office, and other administrative or support facilities. This encompasses courtyards, exterior lighting and signage, outdoor learning equipment, pools, modular facilities, paved surfaces such as sidewalks, parking lots, and roads, athletics fields including synthetic surfaces such as Astroturf, and any vacant property owned by the district. Safety should always a priority!

If you have multiple buildings on your campus, identifying and tracking facility maintenance problems can be complex. In addition, facilities that are built for industrial, retail, commercial or governmental uses are also subject to guidelines for energy use, waste and materials management, emissions and air quality. This is something to also be mindful of when up-keeping facilities.

Making Energy Adjustments

Oftentimes, energy represents a commercial property’s largest operating expense. By adopting strategies that increase energy efficiency, utilizing renewable energy, and minimizing waste, these tactics can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Frequently, energy is wasted through leaks, cracks, drafts and other facility flaws. These defects can cost you profoundly during the winter months. The winter season can crack or burst pipes and render sprinkling systems useless. Check out this Winter Facility Preparation Checklist to stay on top of your facility maintenance during this season.

Ground Maintenance Includes Fire Safety 

At most facilities, fire safety involves both preventative and responsive measures. Electrical contractors should run tests on “last mile” connections from input source to buildings. They should also check wiring and loads placed on outlets, panels and equipment throughout the facility. Daily checks should be done to prevent storage of flammable materials including cloths or other solvent-soaked items. If your facility has fire protection tanks, also check those daily to prevent freezing.

Additionally, keeping the school clean is not just the custodian and facility manager’s responsibility. You may want to adopt the “30-second” rule in which everyone in the building stops what they are doing and cleans the room they are in during the last 30 seconds of the day.

While this article has largely focused on learning institutions, these ground maintenance procedures are not unique to schools. They also apply to the other types of properties we service, such as healthcare facilities like hospitals, assisted living facilities, hotels, multi-family communities,  government offices, and other commercial buildings. It is chiefly important to implement these measures to prevent or lessen the chance of experiencing a fire or water emergency.

24/7 Is Not Just a Number

Our team of dedicated professionals understands that property emergencies happen when you least expect them. These often occur because of improper ground maintenance or monitoring. As always, we are available 24/7, which is not just a number, it’s a guarantee. For more information about our services, visit www.GuaranteeRestoration.com. If you have a water, fire or mold loss, please give us a call at 1-800-349-HELP (4357) or email info@guaranteerestoration.net.

Matthew Edwards

Matthew Edwards

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