3 Deferred Facility Maintenance Issues Not to Overlook

Just as you shouldn’t overlook small maintenance issues with your home or car, it’s important to be proactive with facility maintenance, as well. The bigger the building, the more a potential breakdown can cost you. There are several maintenance issues that you should never defer and fix immediately. By detecting and fixing these issues early, you can minimize the risks and losses of a future breakdown.

Electrical Problems

It may seem like one light switch isn’t working, or the lounge microwave is overloading a circuit every so often. But oftentimes, there are underlying problems whenever you experience an electrical hiccup. It could be a defective circuit breaker or some bad wiring. It’s best to deal with these problems as soon as possible.

You don’t know if there’s a problem leading back to the main circuit box. There may be an underlying issue with your entire electrical system that is hidden at the moment. It may mean that your facility needs upgraded components. While there may be some downtime involved, this preventative maintenance will save you a great deal of downtime later in the case of other related power outages. Your business can’t run well without power.

Insulation and Building Envelope

Are one or more areas of your facility getting too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer? It may not be your heating and cooling systems. It could be that there’s insufficient or ineffective insulation in that part of the building. There could also be a problem with your facility’s building envelope in that area.

It’s already expensive to climate control a large building. While it can be expensive to re-insulate some walls or reinforce a building envelope, it’s going to typically only be in sections. The downtime should be relatively minimal and the costs are easily absorbed by the savings in heating and cooling costs.

Even if these issues are not in key areas of your building, you’ll be surprised at how much better your HVAC system will function without having to work overtime to compensate for air leaks.

Water Leaks of Any Kind

We can’t live without water, but we definitely don’t want it getting loose into the walls, ceilings, and floors of our buildings, either. Water is one of the most destructive elements when it comes to building. It can allow for the buildup of allergens, mold and other harmful growths. Unfortunately, many times these water leaks can be invisible. This is when infrared inspections can be especially useful, to look inside the walls without having to make an invasive inspection.

These inspections should be done on a regular basis. You want to be proactive when it comes to leaks. They could be coming from anywhere: the roof, the walls, or even the foundation. Small leaks over time may not seem like much, but even a trickle brings in unwanted moisture that can cause great deals of damage.

Even if your building isn’t primarily wood-framed, rust is just as bad as rot over time. It also causes issues with drywall. Excess moisture can also interfere with electrical and mechanical systems, causing damage that is often invisible until it’s too late! That’s why any moisture leaks must be dealt with ASAP, especially if they are due to problems with your facility’s building envelope.

Be proactive with your facility’s maintenance. Your business and employees will certainly thank you for the reduced downtime. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy reduced operating costs and a boost to your business’s bottom line

How Preventive Building Maintenance Creates a Healthier Environment for Everyone

It’s been proven that doing preventative maintenance on your home on a regular basis makes it more liveable. So, having a preventative maintenance plan in place at a commercial or industrial facility is just as important for those who work within it. There are many reasons that preventative maintenance is a good idea, as not only does it prevent more costly repairs later, but makes for a happier, healthier working environment for all who use the facilities.

The first major component of your facility to watch is the building envelope. This is where regular infrared inspections can come in handy. The information from these scans will help you to find where unwanted moisture may be trapped or where inside air is escaping outside. By addressing these issues as they occur, you can keep moisture outside and properly climate controlled air inside.

A strong building envelope helps you lower your facility’s heating and cooling costs. This means that your facility’s bottom line will look better, as well. But most importantly, properly heated and cooled buildings make for happier and healthier occupants. Also, buildings that have trapped moisture can lead to mold buildup, and mold remediation, especially in larger buildings, can be expensive. That’s not even to mention people have mold allergies and some molds are harmful to anyone. So, preventative maintenance can prevent any of these things from happening.

If your facility has a retail component to it, then it’s even more important that your visitors and customers feel comfortable, as well. Happier customers usually mean more sales. While it can be hard to measure, being able to come into a building that is more comfortable than the outdoors is definitely worth something. People will remember how comfortable your building is.

Even if you don’t have a retail space, but regularly have clients come to your facility, then having the healthiest environment is still very important. You always want your vendor representatives and both current and potential clients to enjoy the experience of your facility. If your building is too hot or too cold, just like retail customers, these people will remember and it will affect them negatively. The happier you keep both your people on the inside and those that come in from the outside, the better your facility will be for everyone.

Of course, those who work in your facility will be quite pleased to enjoy a healthy working environment. No one wants to be a little too cold or a little too hot on a regular basis. It’s no good for productivity. If your building envelope isn’t sound, there may be more sick days than there need to be. Sick days aren’t good for your business or your employees, especially if they became sick at work! So preventative maintenance can reduce sick days and make for happier employees overall.

Not only does preventive building maintenance keep up a healthier environment for everyone, but it helps you realize cost savings, too. It also can reap you benefits that are difficult to calculate in terms of raw numbers. But the happier people are that work in your facility, the better your facility will perform in the long term.

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