The Importance of Preventative Maintenance
The old adage, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a great phrase to live by until something goes wrong. For building owners and facility managers, this way of thinking can be a costly concept to hold dear.
They say the most expensive pipe to fix is a broken one, and the same can be said for all of the critical systems within your building. Reactive maintenance is the most costly way to handle a building’s operations, and instead one should establish a preventative maintenance plan to keep their systems running efficiently at all times. Implementing a preventative maintenance strategy will lower operating costs, extend equipment life, allow for higher efficiency, and keep employees happy throughout the cold and warm seasons. At Brandt, we offer preventative maintenance plans for a variety of industries:
When it comes to HVAC systems, studies show time and again how preventative maintenance will save building owner’s money and energy input. In fact, The New Buildings Institute found that energy is reduced by 10 to 20 percent in buildings across the US when they use smart building maintenance practices. Moreover, poor maintenance practices result in increased energy by 30 to 60 percent. Regularly changing filters and inspecting for damaged machinery are things that your maintenance team can do without the help of trained professionals.
Being proactive with your plumbing system is also a way to avoid costly fixes. Ultimately, the first step to take when developing a plumbing preventative maintenance plan is to understand everything that Is included in your water system. From here, diagnose each appliance and figure out what potential problems you may run into. For example, leaking faucets and toilets waste a lot of water and dramatically increase utility bills. Faulty pipes or a damaged water heater can be extremely dangerous and very costly to repair or replace.
Finally, preventative maintenance for a building’s electrical systems will enhance the reliability of power systems and lower the risk of unexpected downtime. According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., the risk of an unscheduled power outage is reduced by as much as 66 percent with effective electrical preventative maintenance programs. More importantly, electrical malfunctions are the leading cause of fires in commercial buildings. Taking a proactive approach will not only save money but could also save your employees and assets from disaster.
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At Brandt, we have decades of experience in the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical services industries. Our experts understand the risks of neglecting a building’s inner machinations and can support your company with the professionalism and knowledge it needs. When it comes to your critical systems, choosing the path of reactive maintenance is a sure way to experience downtime, unpleasant conditions, and disgruntled employees. Taking a path of preventative maintenance will ensure that potential faults will be detected before they become problems. Contact our team today to learn more about our extensive preventative maintenance plans!