Preventative Maintenance Solutions

Preventative Maintenance Solutions

Preventative Maintenance Solutions - Residential Estates

Its hard to find the right balance when it comes to preventative maintenance solutions without spending unnecessarily. Take a block of flats located in close vicinity to trees for example. It may seem more practical to react to a leak when it occurs from a gutter or downpipe section, while others consider it good practice to foresee a more practical preventative maintenance strategy for cleaning gutters annually to prevent those maintenance issues occurring. This usually occurs shortly after leaf fall in the autumn. We personally believe a preventative maintenance solution is best with frequency determined on a case by case basis.

The earlier example, of handling repairs as they arise in a reactive way, does have its downfalls. A leaking gutter for example can cause water penetration into brickwork which can lead to mould in properties. This can lead to a rise in water damage claims, and so the story goes indirectly the cost of premiums.

Heavy growth caused by a lack of cleaning, can also lead to unnecessary weight in the gutters which can cause breaks, splits or maintenance issues. When this type of maintenance is required it can often mean scaffolding or cherry pickers. When using both of my examples as case scenarios, clearly a preventative maintenance solution is important?

If your responsible for managing blocks with two or three storeys, much like the repair case, cleaning gutters can often mean access equipment is required. The costs can be fairly extortionate for the access equipment alone. We ensure annual gutters clearances at our managed sites whereby a firm will use a quicker, less disruptive system. This is a vacuum operated gutter cleaner. The system works to a maximum height of 4 floors, and is powered by a 4200 watt industrial vacuum. The way the system works is very straight forward. A long vacuum hose with a camera is extended to the height of the gutters. An operative then walks along the length of the guttering hoovering up the debris. It takes a significantly less amount of time, and is significantly cheaper, as the operative simply works at ground level without the need for any access equipment. The costs have been found to be over 70% cheaper than any other gutter cleaning alternative.

In areas with lots of trees, its maybe more practical to consider 6 monthly cleans, but again frequency should be determined on a case by case basis.

Another case example of providing a decent preventative maintenance solution could be in the case of a new build property with freshly laid grass. As soon after handover to an agent or leaseholders the builders are often quickly off the scene. We would always recommend a weed a feed program initially to prevent the newly laid grass from dying or becoming thin. This type of preventative outlook is often missed in the case of new builds.

 

< Back to Articles and Advice

Latest News

30
APR

Out of Hours - Update May 18

Re. Out of Hours - Update May 18 The Block Management Department operating hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 5:30pm. This is a reminder to all…

30
APR

A busy start to 2018 for Block Management

We are delighted to report a very busy start to 2018. We have already acquired 81 new properties into our thriving block management department, and continue…

30
APR

New block Management Instruction - Jan 18

We are delighted that we have been recently instructed to manage a property in Willesden Lane, NW6. It is a purpose-built block of self-contained flats…

Arrow Pointing Up