It may be tempting to assume that
properties require zero maintenance during a shut down but that is rarely the
While many of Hawaii's hotels, resorts, office buildings and commercial spaces lay dormant, we can't stress enough the importance of maintenance and monitoring in unoccupied spaces.
We've provided our top building maintenance tips to assist you in making the right decisions in avoiding a building calamity due to loss of use in an unoccupied building or space.
- Check HVAC Systems - One of the key issues we anticipate is condensation and possible mold growth associated with the shut down or altering of the HVAC systems. The recommendations are to keep indoor spaces between 54 degrees and 77 degrees AS WELL AS between 30% and 65% relative humidity. Here in Hawaii, the major concern is keeping under the temperature and relative humidity under the determined thresholds. It’s important to check both temperature AND humidity. Setting a thermostat at 77 degrees won’t automatically keep the relative humidity under 65%. Consider setting the thermostat at a temperature that will require the air conditioner to cycle constantly throughout the day. This will make sure you are removing enough humidity from the air.
- Site walks – In addition to maintaining building infrastructure, a daily site walk to check all rooms with plumbing fixtures is advised to prevent small plumbing issues from becoming large ones.
- Flush Toilets / Turn on Faucets – This will ensure that water levels inside the p-traps are maintained, preventing sewer gasses from entering the building.
- Empty, clean and unplug unused refrigerator/freezers – the odor and mess associated with a full fridge left unplugged is horrendous. Making sure that all food is disposed of, and the fridges are left clean and well ventilated, will ensure this equipment will be ready when you re-open.
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