Running a maintenance department isn't always easy. There is so much to be responsible for and while you may be on top of your game, there are still a couple of practices to avoid in order to run a much more efficient maintenance facility.
Here are a few of the practices that many facilities do that you should try to avoid:
Repairs that are patchwork jobs are never a good thing because it only covers up the problem instead of actually fixing it. For instance, patching a roof temporarily fixes a larger issue but you still have a leaky roof at the end of the day. The same applies with HVAC units and larger repairs – while a temporary fix is sometimes needed, it doesn't solve the larger problem and can actually exasperate the issue.
Preventative maintenance is one of the most important things to do when it comes to maintaining any type of building or facility. Many have the best of intentions but when things get busy and overwhelming, the preventative maintenance goes right out the window, so to speak. This is where Preventative Maintenance Software comes in handy because the preventative maintenance can be scheduled far in advance so that it automatically gets set up as a task on the day it needs to be done. This means you can schedule weekly, monthly, yearly or whatever you need – and when that time comes, the employee you choose gets the task automatically.
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Over time, running your maintenance department can become second nature but that can also make you start to phone it in, to coin a phrase. This doesn't mean that it's on purpose or that your work ethic is suffering, it just gets to the point at times where things can get stuck on the back burner. Make sure that you keep up with the preventative maintenance and that you don't fall into the trap of doing patchwork maintenance and your facility will stay running more efficiently with fewer repairs.