The right preventative maintenance schedule will save you money and keep your facilities looking their best and running efficiently. No downtime, no angry tenants, no ugly assets. Just smooth sailing.
But why does it matter so much, and what is preventative maintenance, really? How can you develop a program for proper maintenance that works for your budget, time constraints, schedule and needs? Will the right program for maintaining a facility really help you in the long run?
The short answer is yes, a preventative maintenance program is going to make a big difference when handled properly by the right facilities manager. It can save you a lot of time and money, make things easier to plan and budget for, and help you focus on the things that are most important to you instead of being worried about whether there are problems with your buildings and other fixed assets. Here are the most important things to understand about this kind of maintenance program, so you can properly care for the buildings and assets that make up your current facility.
The Value of Planned and Preventative Maintenance
If you don't understand why preventative maintenance is important, it's not going to be something you do on a regular basis. But that could cost you a lot more money in the long run. Fortunately, it's easy to avoid that. Planned and preventative maintenance are both essential to ensuring that buildings and other fixed assets operate efficiently and look presentable and clean for anyone who uses them. If you don't have adequate maintenance you can see reduced performance, and the safety and health of building occupants can also be affected.
Even people who live or work near the buildings can be affected if maintenance is poor. That's because poorly maintained properties can become dangerous in storms and high winds if they come apart, and they can also be attractive to rodents and other pests. There are additional problems that can occur, as well, including reduced property values for the residents and business owners close to your location. It's possible to reduce any problems with good maintenance, though, which can keep neighbours happy to live and work close to your company or other facility.
Good quality, well-planned, preventative maintenance can help to:
- Prevent the degradation of buildings and other assets.
- Maintain both structural stability and safety.
- Optimise the building's performance.
- Determine the reason for a defect to reduce the chances of a re-occurence
- Ensure that there is continued compliance for statutory requirements.
Why is Building Maintenance So Important?
When you focus on planned preventative maintenance (PPM), it can help you schedule everything that needs to be maintained so it can get done the right way. That will help you avoid breakdowns and down-time, and reduce any problems that users of the buildings might experience, as well. PPM gives you an advantage, because you're taking a proactive approach to your assets' maintenance needs. That way small issues get located and corrected quickly, and they don't have the time to become larger issues later on.
You also won't see a negative impact on productivity, and morale will stay high because there are good working conditions and a quality environment that has been maintained well. Costs will be evenly distributed throughout the year, instead of being deferred and then looming large when something breaks because it hasn't been properly maintained for a long time. If you're not paying for maintenance, you're eventually going to pay for repairs. The chances are good that the repair costs will be higher than the maintenance costs, as well, which can be hard on your facility's bottom line.
Why Should You Choose BBM?
When you choose BBM, you get planned and preventative maintenance for your assets that is compliant with anything mandated by local and federal laws. In other words, you'll get the right maintenance, on the right schedule, and in a way that's complete for the type of facility you have. You won't have to spend any time worrying about whether you're getting the right maintenance, which can make all the difference when you're trying to operate a busy facility and have a lot to handle. Your PPM calendar will incorporate manufacturers' suggested maintenance schedules, statutory requirements, and owners' requirements.
Then BBM will put all of this into our Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS), so nothing gets overlooked. One single interface will be used for all maintenance, which makes it much easier to track and manage everything. Reminders and alerts will be automatically generated when there's a maintenance event due, and you can have a customised maintenance plant based on the needs of your company and the kind of facility it operates. We will also manage the inventory of critical spare parts, enabling the re-ordering of those parts as and when necessary, to avoid unnecessary delays.
Predictive maintenance is our first priority, but planned and preventative maintenance is also very important so the rest of the remaining assets are covered. This ensures that any risk to the client is addressed, and can provide a high level of peace of mind. You'll know that maintenance issues won't be overlooked, leaving you free to place your focus on other areas of your business where it's needed most. Your facilities management will, essentially, take care of itself.