While many may think of schools as being deserted during the summer months, those that work in maintenance know better. This is a time when educational institutions complete maintenance tasks necessary for the safety and sustainability of their facilities. Read on to learn more about school summer maintenance.

Floor care is among the most time-consuming maintenance tasks when it comes to schools and universities. Flooring in classrooms, hallways, administrative offices, cafeterias, gymnasiums and other areas require regular preventive maintenance. All furniture and other items must be removed from these spaces in order to apply a protective coating, such as wax or other products. And since this often requires multiple coats of wax as well as adequate drying time, a maintenance technician can spend several hours on one classroom alone.

Other considerations include electrical systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, HVAC units and more. It’s imperative that systems such as these are functioning properly to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. Not to mention cafeteria appliances and restroom equipment, which are critical. Parking lots, playgrounds, athletic fields and equipment, landscaped areas and other exterior features are also important considerations. Summer is an ideal time to inspect, deep-clean, service, repair or replace these systems. With students out for an extended period of time, maintenance teams need not worry about disturbing classrooms when performing necessary maintenance.

Computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) provide educational facilities a streamlined method of managing maintenance. CMMS software benefits schools and colleges, allowing them to manage work orders, track assets and inventory, budget more effectively, demonstrate regulatory compliance and much more. CMMS users can track an unlimited number of assets and easily access each piece of equipment’s work history, manufacturer’s guidelines, warranties and other important information. Maintenance team members can improve communication by using their CMMS to update one another on progress. It’s even possible to instantly notify technicians out on school grounds of assigned work orders by accessing mobile CMMS applications.

Schools and universities aren’t the only types of facilities that complete preventive maintenance tasks during their off-seasons. Aside from school summer maintenance, manufacturing plants may schedule shutdowns during this time due to employee vacations, extreme heat precautions, etc. Utilizing CMMS software provides an efficient method of organizing maintenance tasks and increasing the lifespan of equipment, assets and facilities. Contact DPSI, a CMMS and enterprise asset management (EAM) software provider with over 30 years of experience, to learn more.