How is your building maintenance activity and are you giving maintenance culture the much need attention it deserves?
Maintaining your building is an important process for the sustainability of the infrastructural components of the building. It plays an important role among other activities in the building operations.
The Importance of Building Maintenance
The primary objective of maintaining a building is to preserve it in its initial functional, structural and aesthetic states.
This is to ensure that the building continue to remain in such state and retain its investment value over a long period of time.
Buildings of today are seen as valuable properties and are generally required to provide safe and conducive environment for the performance of various human activities.
The ability of your building to provide the required environment for a particular human activity is a measure of its functionality.
And if the functional component of the building begins to deteriorate, it becomes necessary for you to take measures to ensure that the desired characteristics of the facility which provides safety and convenience are retained.
These measures can be taken if you give more attention to maintenance culture. But, the challenge is that most property owners have not been adhering to a consistent building maintenance culture. And this is as a result of the following 8 Little-Known Factors that are affecting building maintenance.
8 Little-Known Factors Affecting Your Building Maintenance
1. Lack of Preventive Maintenance:
Preventive building maintenance is a planned maintenance activity aimed at preventing the damage of your building. It helps you to preserve and enhance the reliability of your building by replacing worn out components. When there is lack of preventive building maintenance activities, this often results in deterioration of your building that leads to the point of collapse or demolition.
2. Faulty Workmanship:
Building workmanship is one of the most common factors affecting building maintenance. A faulty workmanship dramatically increases the likelihood of problems and reduces the life expectancy of your building there by leading to loss of time and money.
3. Use of Substandard Materials:
When building the first thing that should come to your mind is the quality and cost of the building materials to use for the maintenance of your building. The use of substandard materials leads to structural deformation of your building within a short period of time.
4. Insufficient Fund:
Maintaining a building against deterioration and to a standardized level requires time and money. Lack of fund is one of the most common factors affecting building maintenance. That is, insufficient funding for routine maintenance can cause neglect, allowing minor repair work to evolve into more serious condition.
5. Non-utilization of Skilled Building Maintenance Professionals:
Maintaining a building requires the full services of skilled building maintenance professionals. Not utilizing the services of skilled maintenance personnel usually result to seeking the services of a faulty workmanship.
Property owners who fail to seek the services of skilled building maintenance personnel end up utilizing unskilled maintenance professional there by dramatically increasing the likelihood of problems to the building.
6. Non-application of Building Maintenance Policy:
Building maintenance policy is a written document that provides maintenance strategies to be adopted by the maintenance professional in order to extend the life cycle of a building and its fittings. The non-availability of building maintenance policy can result to a poorly planned maintenance activity.
Property owners who seek the services of maintenance personnel without application of maintenance policy do that at the risk of reducing the life span of the building.
7. Owners’ Attitude to Building Maintenance:
This is another factor that affects building maintenance because most building owners tend to have nonchalant attitude towards maintenance. This leads to neglect, allowing minor repair work to evolve into more serious condition.
8. Wrong Behaviour of Occupants:
Occupants are those who make use of the building. And it is expected that they be the ones to maintain it. But most occupants are often reluctant when it comes to building maintenance. And the inefficiency of occupant behaviour can result to lack of building maintenance that result to serious deformation of the building.
How are these factors affecting your building maintenance? If you need assistance in any of the above challenges above, do contact us.