Tag: building maintenance

When something goes wrong inside your facility, you’ll probably ask yourself whether something could have been done to prevent it. In some cases, the answer is no. For the most part, however, problems can be avoided by simply paying attention and putting the proper precautions in place -- this is the essence of proper preventive maintenance. Whereas reactive maintenance involves quickly responding to an incident, preventive maintenance aims to minimize or avert the problem entirely. As facilit...

A school is only as successful as its students. Many factors impact student retention and learning outcomes, but few are more potent than the quality of campus facilities, especially for resident students. Reports from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) show that about 1 out of every 3 schools built prior to 1970 requires significant repairs, and the other two-thirds features one or more building feature that needs renewal (i.e., electrical, plumbing, lighting, etc.). This research also foun...

What’s the most important room inside your building? Is it your conference room, lobby, warehouse, main office, or something else? It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the right answer is, “your restrooms.” You might not think about your building’s bathrooms all the time, but they’re used by everyone inside your building. Moreover, restrooms are potential havens for all sorts of germs (i.e., viruses, bacteria), which is why it’s so important to keep them clean and sanitary day in a...

We wouldn’t be able to live in a world without trees, nor would we want to. While some regions are more wooded than others, trees are all around us, beautifying property exteriors, providing shade, oxygen, and nutrients, storing carbon, and more. You’d be hard pressed to find a home or business without at least a tree or two on the premises, and it can be easy to take these natural structures for granted. However, failing to maintain your trees (and landscape as a whole) can create a host of...

Maintaining clean and comfortable indoor air is essential for occupant health, safety, and happiness. These days, indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a hotter topic than usual as property owners look for ways to keep SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and other transmissible pathogens at bay. Indeed, air disinfection for coronavirus has proven to be a worthwhile endeavor for facilities everywhere, considering the sheer amount of airborne and aerosolized particles floating around. The to...

Over the past year and a half, we’ve all become more conscious of the air we breathe. Many of us have found comfort gathering outdoors, breathing in the fresh air. As temperatures drop, however, most people will have little choice but to spend most of their time indoors once more. Spending long periods inside can cause illness and discomfort if the indoor air becomes stale. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), namely through different methods of air purificatio...

Homes and commercial properties of all kinds require regular maintenance to maximize occupant health and safety. After all, several environmental factors threaten the stability of your facility and the well-being of everyone inside, including pests, extreme weather conditions, bacteria, and more. Water damage is a major concern for facilities, gradually eroding structural integrity and allowing fungi such as mold and mildew to thrive. Most of us know that mold doesn’t belong inside homes and b...

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Facilities rely on adept, regular maintenance to remain safe, efficient, and valuable. Every area and component must be accounted for in these efforts. Failing to keep up with maintenance tasks will eventually result in inefficient operations, compliance failures, costly repairs, and other liabilities. The challenge for businesses across all industries is hiring and training reliable maintenance workers for their specific needs. Handling all of this in-house can become yet another burden on your...

Many roles must be fulfilled within a school to ensure the best safety and learning outcomes for all students. Without competent facility managers and custodial staff, all occupants would struggle to stay focused on their work, morale would decline, and so would overall well-being. As time ticks on, however, those who have been in facility management and custodial roles for decades are slowly aging out of the workforce. Smaller schools with limited budgets and strained resources are particularly...

Universities aren’t merely domains of higher education -- they’re also businesses. And, as is the case for any other business, revenue is always top of mind. Colleges acquire funds from multiple streams, but their primary driver (by far) is student tuition and fees. So, while schools can only accommodate a certain number of students, they’re incentivized to maximize enrollment and retention. After all, a higher volume of students translates to increased revenue. The question for colleges e...

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