Regular building maintenance is crucial to the efficient and safe operation of any commercial building or space. Because of the varied nature of commercial buildings and the different types of businesses that operate out of these spaces, consistent and competent electrical maintenance is necessary to ensure the safety of the staff, patrons and the other property in the area.
Why is Electrical Maintenance a Critical Function in Commercial Buildings?
According to Ryan from TheGreenGateGroup “Any complex system that is made up of many different parts, particularly when it distributes a powerful and potentially deadly resource such as electricity, needs to be professionally and properly maintained for everyone’s safety and benefit.” Why is it so important that electrical maintenance is done on commercial buildings regularly?
- Better Electrical Performance
Electrical systems always perform better when they are regularly maintained. Similar to a car, commercial electrical systems can break down or degrade for any number of reasons and ensuring that they are routinely inspected (and updated if necessary), will ensure better electrical performance over the life of the system.
- Better Safety Measures
Safety is crucial when you are dealing with electricity because of how powerful it is and how dangerous it can be when there are unexpected and catastrophic electrical maintenance failures.
- Longer Lasting and More Effective Equipment
Regular maintenance will increase the lifespan (and the output) of all your electrical systems. In commercial buildings, where the electrical demand is high and varied, this is particularly important.
- Procedural and Industry Compliance Standards
Compliance is critical from a safety perspective as well as a financial perspective. You may be subject to fines and costly, unexpected repairs if you do not routinely maintain your electrical systems. These standards are put in place for the benefit and safety of the public, as well as the property owners and the employees that work in those buildings.
What Types of Electrical Maintenance Need to be Done in a Commercial Building?
- Corrective Maintenance
Corrective maintenance is done when there is an issue or damage is located that affects the operations of the building or the electrical system. This is the least desirable, and often most expensive type of maintenance, which can also be the most dangerous to repair as something has already broken. The point of regular electrical system maintenance is to avoid this type of corrective solution.
- Predictive Maintenance
These are maintenance procedures that have to do with replacing and fixing parts of a system that will inevitably breakdown or become worn. These are mechanical parts of a system such as breakers, switches, terminals, and other points. This type of maintenance is aided using monitors and sensors to monitor equipment.
- Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is done routinely on equipment, regardless of the presence of a problem. This is done to pre-emptively find issues that will become problems in the future and address them before they cause safety or system-wide concerns. This type of maintenance saves money by eliminating unnecessary and avoidable delays or shutdowns due to equipment failure.
Electrical Maintenance in Commercial Buildings Saves Time, Money, and Lives
Electrical maintenance is one of the best ways for any commercial building to:
- Save money by reducing downtime and unnecessary delays and costs.
- Save time by finding and addressing problems before they become major challenges.
- Saves lives by reducing the number of electrical incidents through rigorous and thorough examinations of the electrical system.