5 Benefits of Outsourcing Facility Maintenance

January 1, 2012

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It is very difficult for a facility manager or building owner to perform maintenance tasks and repairs on his or her own and doing so may impede how well the company operates. Repairs and maintenance consume large amounts of labor and time. So this work is best completed by a professional.

This article is meant to offer some basic information about the types of maintenance issues that typically are accomplished by facility management service providers.

Facility Maintenance

  • Routine Emergency Repairs To address routine emergency repairs can be expensive, time consuming, labor intensive, and disrupts the organization’s day-to-day operations. Therefore sending out maintenance work to a facility management company takes this weight off the property manager’s shoulders. Facility management providers complete emergency repairs, such as unexpected electrical breakdowns, plumbing leaks, broken tiles, and fixing faulty equipment to work until it can be replaced.
  • Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance must be done to correct any equipment issues that might become a greater problem down the road. Only experts can pinpoint potential system issues that might occur and repair them in advance. When you put a facility management professional in charge of your facility maintenance, they are responsible for tasks that prevent problems, for example:
    • performing routine inspections
    • partial or total equipment overhauls
    • replacing lubricants
    • wrapping plumbing pipes
    • bleeding the HVAC equipment
    • painting interiors and exterior
    • monitoring HVAC equipment
    • mechanical equipment maintenance
    • gutter cleaning
  • Routinely Replace Non-working Equipment It is essential to remove non-working equipment and purchase new equipment immediately so the organization is constantly productive. The equipment is inspected and replaced as necessary on a regular basis by facility management service providers. They will assist you in getting the best price for new equipment due to their knowledge of the field and business relationships. Some items that may need to be replaced are:
    • ballasts
    • glass
    • HVAC equipment
    • furniture
    • flooring or rugs
    • lighting
  • Lower Operating Costs Facility and equipment maintenance are time consuming tasks and can be costly. Your organization can reduce operational expenses associated with the facility when building maintenance professionals are hired to maintain it. Highly skilled managers help avoid ongoing equipment failures. Additionally, effective maintenance helps ensure longer lasting, more efficient equipment is in operation at all times.
  • Safe and Functional Facility When your facility is well maintained, the value increases and it is functional, and provides a safe environment for its occupants. Appropriate maintenance contributes to the long term overall look of the property. When you allow an experienced facility management company to handle your maintenance, a team of professionals will complete all facility maintenance such as:
    • evaluate all mechanical systems
    • identify sources of systems failures
    • develop plans to make systems more efficient
    • add to the overall efficiency of the facility

Consider hiring an experienced facility management crew to be responsible for several different maintenance tasks in your building including floor and rug cleaning, flood clean ups, glass cleaning, updating fire extinguishers, custodial work, maintaining locks and entrances, floor maintenance, and pest control and all repainting work.

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