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General Building Maintenance Saves Money

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Maintain Buildings Leave on a Roof

Time, use, material quality, and workmanship are determining factors in how long a material will last. Replacing worn items may reduce or eliminate additional expenses. 

For example, resulting wind, sun, and inclement weather determine the useful life of shingles. Basic maintenance such as removing debris (straw, leaves, etc.) from a roof can extend shingle life. Damaged or worn shingles may allow water penetration, damaging roof components, or interior materials. A general inspection does not require walking the roof. Standing on the ground look for lifted shingles, missing shingles, or nails protruding through shingles. These are signs maintenance and/or replacement is required. 

A hot water heater's useful life can be extended through maintenance. Draining a hot water heater to remove settled particles and residual minerals may prevent premature failure. Observe the outer general appearance. Are there rust stains around the tank base, are the fittings (pipe) rusting, or do they appear to be leaking?

Replacing HVAC filters routinely and annual servicing may extend the HVAC mechanical components. If visible darkening is visible around supply vents the system may require cleaning. 

Observe carpeting, vinyl composite tiles, ceramic tile, and laminated vinyl flooring. Are there signs of wear or exposed raised areas creating a tripping hazard? Inspect for areas susceptible to frequent use or exposure to moisture. Moisture, wear and tear, and workmanship is factors when determining when to repair or replace. Tripping hazards are a common source of injury. 

Lighting in transition areas may create a fall or tripping hazard. Are stairwells well lighted? Lighting may be installed in difficult-to-reach areas requiring a professional to replace light bulbs. Contact a professional if you are unable to safely replace. 

the longer these factors continue the easier it is to overlook or not see them until it is too late. Train yourself to watch and act to prevent accidents and additional costs for maintenance and repairs.  

SERVPRO of Fayetteville is here to help.

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