Winter is quickly approaching and that means the weather is getting colder. Dropping temperatures mean a host of potential weather-related corrective maintenance issues that will need to be addressed.
As with other repair philosophies, it's far better to be proactive than reactive, especially during a change in seasons when maintenance tasks are more likely to pile up. By knowing which areas and pieces of equipment and infrastructure tend to be prone to more cold-weather snafus, you can beef up your preventive maintenance now, saving yourself time, money and resources down the road.
Children interact with school buses perhaps more than any individual fixture within the school, taking it twice daily both to and from campus. Of course, it's crucial that such an essential piece of equipment - and one that sees so much regular use - is kept in working order. Not only can vehicle-related maintenance issues create logistical problems and affect the amount of time students are able to spend in classes, breakdowns and improper repairs can be dangerous as well. Particularly in colder weather, it's important to take steps to keep these big vehicles in ship shape.
A report from the Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools on winter bus maintenance outlined some essential points that should be inspected regularly, with any issues being addressed as soon as they are noticed. One of the most basic things to check is that tires are kept in good condition, with bald or slick tires replaced immediately. Ensuring that wiper blades are replaced at the beginning of the season can be a huge help in dealing with seasonal precipitation. Keeping defrosters in good repair can help with visibility as temperatures start to drop.
Heating and insulation
Students spend between six and eight hours a day within the walls of your school, so it's important to ensure that you can maintain a safe and comfortable temperature. Even if there are no immediate problems with your HVAC system, a comprehensive inspection at the start of the season can highlight potential problems or areas where efficiency could be increased. As Time Warner Cable News reported, pay close attention to things such as your gas pressure (if your school is gas-heated), as discrepancies there can result in costly overconsumption of energy. Additionally, making sure thermostats are working properly in conjunction with the HVAC system can make monitoring performance and maintenance needs much easier.