There are several reasons why commercial maintenance is essential. First, it’s the law. Every employer is responsible for protecting the health of their employers. But there are also lots of other advantages for your business of keeping your commercial assets looking great and performing at their best.
So, how can you make the commercial maintenance process easier for your business? Let’s take a look at the benefits of commercial maintenance, the challenges you face, and the solutions that can make your life easier.
Commercial maintenance is the process of making sure that commercial buildings are safe, functional, and cost effective. Improperly maintained buildings can lead to big problems. That’s why commercial maintenance is an essential requirement for any business that owns office space, warehouses, retail outlets, and industrial plants.
Importantly, commercial maintenance is not just restricted to the buildings people work in. It is also about maintaining the machinery and equipment people work with, as well as the different work areas that make up commercial facilities. Commercial maintenance ensures that all of these assets and facilities are safe to use and comply with relevant legislation.
Maintaining buildings, machinery, and work areas is a big job. That’s why a full programme of commercial maintenance includes several different tasks.
Broadly speaking, there are four different types of building maintenance. That includes:
Cleaning and repainting are not enough for some surfaces. Some structural elements such as beams, pillars, awnings, steel staircases, and entrance walkways require a protective coating to guard them against the elements and prevent rust and deterioration. Protective maintenance provides long-term protection and helps to safeguard an organization’s assets.
Preventive maintenance includes all work that prevents the deterioration of buildings and other assets due to wear and tear, heavy usage, and accidental damage. A full inspection survey should be carried out before the maintenance work to identify what needs to be done.
All buildings require a certain amount of love and care to look their best and be safe and efficient places to work. Regular inspections are central to this because they allow maintenance teams to identify the areas that need attention and the tasks they have to do.
Routine building repairs can involve all sorts of minor jobs, including:
These are the small, almost imperceptible changes that keep everything ticking along.
Licensed professionals must install and maintain all electrical and plumbing systems. They should check them periodically to make sure they are operating safely and you should keep a proper record of the work to prove your compliance with the relevant regulations.
Commercial maintenance is an all-round type of facility maintenance that looks at every single element of your building. That includes:
Some organizations still see commercial maintenance as an expense that they could do without rather than an investment in their staff, their customers, and their buildings. However, the benefits of commercial maintenance far outweigh the costs. They include:
Commercial maintenance also gives your buildings more visual appeal, which can enhance the image of your company and cut down on future renovation expenses.
A computerized maintenance management system can help you simplify the commercial maintenance process. It can generate work orders and send out reminders for you and make it easy to track who’s responsible and what has been completed.
All that data is kept inside a central, cloud-based database. By centralizing the data in this way, your entire facilities management team can be kept in the loop and access a single point of truth. That means your data is always up to date and everyone is on the same page.
Without a CMMS, your maintenance schedules, work orders, and compliance information will be buried in paper files or scattered across spreadsheets. That causes problems with inaccuracies, inconsistent data, and damaged or lost files. When working with spreadsheets, there’s also no safety net. If someone hits the wrong key or clicks ‘paste’ instead of ‘cut’, you’re going to end up with bad data.
A CMMS solves this problem by helping you organize all of the information about the assets that you have to maintain, as well as the equipment, materials and other resources that you have at your disposal.
Want to find out how Hippo CMMS® can optimize your commercial maintenance process? Then talk to Hippo today. We can answer your questions, help you book a live software demo, or even set you up with a free trial.
Improperly maintained buildings can lead to problems for all kinds of organizations. That’s why commercial maintenance is a must. Facilities managers use maintenance strategies to make sure the buildings people work in and the assets and equipment they use are safe and comply with the relevant legislation. Everything from regular inspections to maintaining plumbing and electrical installations plays a part in the process and helps businesses to increase safety for their workers, reduce downtime, and protect the value of their buildings.