What is preventative maintenance?
This is the regular act of preforming maintenance on a home and the fixtures to lessen the chance of items failing in the future. This is done when the equipment is still operating to prevent it from breaking down unexpectedly. Usually costing more and causing undue burden.
Equipment failure cannot be eradicated – it will happen. However, smart preventative maintenance can help reduce premature breakdowns, emergencies and save lots of your money if done right.
What does preventive maintenance include?
Great question! In practice, a preventive maintenance schedule may include things such as:
- Flushing out a water heater,
- Cleaning a furnace and ducts,
- Replacing older angle stops and risers,
- Inspecting roofs,
- Cleaning gutters,
- Trimming trees,
- Checking smoke detectors, etc.
We recommend to residents to replace their furnace filters every 6 months. Also, we inspect roofs and clean gutters a few months before every rainy season to help avoid leaks.
Preventive maintenance includes much more than simply performing the routine maintenance. It also involves keeping accurate records of service. As well as knowing the lifespan of each equipment will help you understand when its time for replacement.
For example, a water heater has a lifespan of somewhere between 10-12 years. When assessing your water heater and we see that it was installed back in 1998, its time to recommend a replacement.
What are the benefits of preventive maintenance?
Preventive maintenance benefits include prolonged life of equipment, less unplanned emergencies, improved reliability in equipment, fewer overtime or expensive repairs caused by unexpected failures that must be repaired quickly and reduced risk of injury. If you own one property you rely heavily on the availability and reliability of that asset.
Not to mention the stress and aggravation of displacing a resident. Not only is it costly, but it can really cause friction between all parties involved. Avoiding this is worth all the money preventative maintenance costs.
Recently, we had an 11 unit complex that over the years had many expensive leaks caused by plumbing. In order to be preventive, the client approved to have all angle stops, risers and shower valves to be replaced on every sink, toilet and shower. Since the proactive replacement we haven’t had a leak.
The overhead cost of preventive maintenance can sometimes be difficult to understand as a client. Trust us– preventive maintenance will save you more in the long run.
Pay now. Save later- big time.