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What is Building Maintenance?

Building maintenance is responsible for a property's upkeep, including structural, electrical, and plumbing systems. The main goal is to manage a building and its grounds, as well as customise the needs of the facility. Responsibilities can vary from building to building. It can include everything from leaky faucets to major repairs. Because building maintenance encompasses so many things, companies choose to outsource to building maintenance companies.


Plumbing is a major area of responsibility which includes kitchen and bathroom plumbing, pools, and sprinkler systems - water and fire. Electrical systems entail more than changing light bulbs.


These systems need to be in good condition internally and externally. It can also entail power distribution, heating and cooling, and generators for emergency situations.


In addition to routine  cleaning, other cleaning such as washing driveways, walls, and sidewalks. This is a major part of building maintenance. Signs must be clean and visible to customers.


Surfaces like steel, aluminium, copper, and brass must be cleaned and polished regularly. At times, they may need to be restored. Wooden structures also must be cleaned and properly conditioned. Surface restoration returns a surface back to its original state. This can be a less costly option than replacing damaged surfaces.


Externally, maintenance also takes place. The roof needs to be inspected periodically and repaired if needed. Also, gutters and windows should be cleaned on a routine basis.


External maintenance can also include water-proofing the building or re-caulking windows. Other jobs can include shampooing carpets, pest control, and refinishing tile and hardwood floors.

Outsourcing building maintenance tasks is very common. Building maintenance companies seek to develop long term relationships with clients, as well as an environment that is clean, safe, and an enhancement to employees' workday. One of the greatest challenges is attracting new clients and retaining them. That is where superior customer service comes into play. A good building maintenance company will focus on creating trust, as well as showing integrity and high performance.

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