When it comes to keeping your commercial tenants safe and happy, an ounce of prevention goes a long way. By implementing a few preventative strategies you can avoid a number of common safety and maintenance issues and reduce costs over the long run.
Unfortunately, many commercial properties are poorly maintained due to the fact that their owners take a reactive rather than a proactive approach to repairs. This means that small issues go unnoticed until they become big, and often expensive, problems. Take some time to create a preventative maintenance plan for your commercial building and you can save yourself stress and reduce repair costs in the future.
Here are three areas you should pay attention to in your preventative maintenance strategy:
- Fire prevention. In Australia, regular testing of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems is a legal requirement. Knowing that everything is in working order means that if a fire should break out anywhere, you’ve got a far better chance of getting to it before it spreads and avoiding extensive fire damage.
- HVAC systems. Regular servicing and inspection of your heating and cooling systems can help them keep working for longer and reduce the risk of an emergency air conditioning malfunction in the heat of summer.
- Plumbing and pipes. Plumbing disasters can not only be unpleasant to deal with, they can lead to ongoing problems including structural damage to buildings and water damage to computers and other equipment within. It’s a good idea to include regular inspection of drains, pipes and other water prone areas of your building if you want to avoid any nasty surprises.
A clear preventative maintenance plan will let you see what needs doing, and when. Any good commercial maintenance company will take the time to create a personalised preventative maintenance plan for your building and see that everything is carried out according to schedule.