One of the obstacles that facility managers face is a growing backlog of work that never seems to be minimized.
Take a look at the National Park Service and their own issues with maintenance tasks:
“The National Park Service has a deferred maintenance backlog equal to the price of an aircraft carrier: $11.9 billion. Make a list of all the different types of projects that need attending to at more than 400 park units nationwide, and you have the facilities maintenance task list of a major city. With that many projects and not enough money to fund them all, picking and choosing what gets done — and when — becomes daunting task.”
Money Should Not Provide Limitations
Money is always an issue with almost any facility. However, there is another way of helping to alleviate backlogs and that is by keeping up with preventative maintenance. The National Park Service has worked on that very issue:
“Over time, the deferred maintenance backlog has shrunk at a slow, but steady pace. Wilbur said the agency has noticed its “high priority assets are improving” as the rate of growth of the backlog drops, which is “good progress.”
Avoid The Snowball Effect
By keeping up with preventative maintenance, the tasks are less likely to build up or snowball into insurmountable issues that create further problems. For instance, if the HVAC filters need to be changed on a regular basis and this is not done, then there are issues that can start effecting the performance of the air conditioning unit, which creates more expense, more downtime, and uses more manpower.
Keep That Backbone Straight
Preventative maintenance is the very backbone of any facility. It ensures that equipment is maintained and that all of the work task duties are taken care of and that everything is nipped in the bud before a larger issue presents itself.
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Preventative maintenance is made easier with CMMS, which is Computerized Maintenance Management Software. You can use preventative maintenance software to schedule in advance and not have to worry about it because it will be sent to the employee when it is time to be done. You simply set it up and then know that it will be taken care of.