There are many hidden costs associated with delaying preventative maintenance at your facility. Damages are often more expensive to repair than implementing a preventive maintenance program. We compiled a list of common cost-saving opportunities we help customers realize with our preventative maintenance inspection program:
Elevation changes in concrete, hard floors and carpet can cause trip and fall resulting in costly lawsuits. Wrinkles in stretch carpet or lifting corners of carpet tile, vinyl, transitions between all surfaces should be evaluated and repaired regularly.
Regular paint/stain/sealing of siding prevents water from entering the material and causing rot damage. Regular inspection for loose material keeps the exterior surface weather tight.
HVAC Preventative Maintenance:
Properly maintaining HVAC systems helps the equipment run efficiently and clean. Clogged filters and debris at intakes overload equipment causing costly damage. Replacing HVAC belts, motors and other parts reduce the chances of bigger damage caused by a breakdown.
Leaks, cracks, and damage to your roofs can happen if they aren’t being inspected and cleaned. Scupper drains and gutter systems require cleaning and repairs if damaged in order to keep water from entering your roof system in other places and causing rot and other damage.
Crack sealing any cracks or gaps in your asphalt and asphalt transitions not only eliminates trip hazards but prevents water from getting under the asphalt and causing serious damage from the water expanding and contracting due to temperature changes which will require asphalt replacement to fix. Seal coating asphalt in regular intervals helps prevent cracks from starting.
Hot Water Tanks:
Hot water heaters/tanks need regular cleaning and servicing to extend their service. Top fill tanks need to be flushed annually to prevent corrosion and failure and pilot lights needs to clear off dust bunnies and debris to prevent burn out or worse.
Inspecting p-traps and plumbing joints for leaks and repairing early prevent large amounts of water from flooding your building when the leak gets worse. Clearing debris from plumbing, dishwashers and other appliances prevents clogs and overflowing water or sewage.
Exterior evaluation of drainage paths, catch basins, retention ponds keep water moving away from the foundation, concrete and asphalt. Water running towards a building or too close to a building can enter the building and cause flooding, can cause concrete and asphalt to crack or that water can freeze on a walking surface and create a slip and fall hazard.
Evaluate the secure attachment of handrails to walls or horizontal surfaces, check-rails for wood or metal splinters to be sure to encourage the use of handrails to prevent falls.
Inspect windows for working locks and tight closure for security and check seals for building heating and cooling efficiency.
Replace lamps when they burn out to reduce the strain on the ballast and other parts of the fixture, keep electrical panels clear per safety codes, work with electrical companies to obtain upgrades with rebates to reduce electrical costs.
Investing in a preventative maintenance program for your facilities is worth it in the long run. You’ll save money and reduce risk by acting before disaster strikes. Consider a preventive maintenance plan for your facility today.